UOG student Athena McNinch named 2017 Truman Scholar

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Ms. McNinch is the 18th Truman Scholar from the University of Guam as well as the only Truman Scholar to double major in both Public Administration and Criminal Justice Pre-Law.

Guam – Truman Scholars is a premier graduate scholarship for aspiring public service leaders in the United States. This year, University of Guam student Athena McNinch was chosen along with a select few as 2017’s Truman Scholars. 

Only 62 students across the United States passed a rigorous selection process beating out the other 768 competing candidates. Ms. McNinch is the 18th Truman Scholar from the University of Guam as well as the only Truman Scholar to double major in both Public Administration and Criminal Justice Pre-Law.

Each scholar is eligible to receive up to $30,000 towards their graduate degree. McNinch, an active student leader in multiple honor societies and student organizations on campus, tells PNC that she plans to one day pursue law school.

“Wanting to help people is something that motivated me to want to be a Truman Scholar. I’ve also grown up with people who are Truman Scholars too,” she said. 

Ms. McNinch’s biography for Truman Scholars says she conducted research on hand washing and public health, traits of elite female leaders, judges on small islands, and the health effects of road races. Although honored to join an elite group of scholars, she says the award came as a bit of a surprise. 

“Everyone has been congratulating me, but I want to congratulate the people that have really helped me, like my advisers, my support system, my parents –without them, I don’t feel like I could’ve done it,” she said. 

Athena McNinch will join the other scholars and receive her award in an official ceremony at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, Missouri on Sunday, May 28, 2017.