Caroline Brazill was one of 59 college students to be awarded a Truman Scholarship.
A 2011 graduate of Abington Heights High School, the Clarks Summit native is a junior at American University in Washington, D.C. She is enrolled in the School of International Service with a concentration in peace and conflict resolution in Sub-Sahara Africa.
The Truman Scholars were selected from among 655 candidates nominated by 294 colleges and universities. They were chosen by 17 independent selection panels on the basis of the finalists’ academic success and leadership accomplishments, as well as their likelihood of becoming public service leaders. Recipients must have outstanding leadership potential and communications skills, be in the top quarter of their class, and be committed to careers in government or the non-profit sector.
The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to our thirty third President.
The foundation awards scholarships for college students to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service.
Brazill intends to devote her career to promoting peace-building efforts and transitional justice initiatives in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. She learned fluent Swahili in Zanzibar, Tanzania, as a 2013 Boren Scholar. She has interned in the United States Senate with Bob Casey, and has also worked in the nonprofit sector, and the Department of State.
She volunteers at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where she helps educate visitors about modern day crimes against humanity.