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Former Truman Recipients & Candidates

Ty Wahlbrink ('17) is a fourth year in the Lindner College of Business studying business economics and was a nominee for the 2016 Truman Scholarship. After a stint managing the Cincinnati-based workforce development non-profit INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati and interning for the City of Cincinnati in their Office of Performance and Data Analytics, Ty discovered his passion for public service and how he can leverage his economics mindset and knack for data analytics to make cities better. Ty thinks the Truman Scholarship was a good fit for him because the three main qualifications of leadership, public service interest, and academic excellence aligned with the experiences he had at INTERalliance, the City of Cincinnati, and UC.

Caroline Hensley

Caroline Hensley (’15) was a UC endorsed candidate for the 2015 Truman Scholarship. Caroline is studying Biology and Spanish in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences and is currently working towards her Masters of Public Health with a Concentration in Health Services Management at UC’s College of Medicine. Caroline is a Cincinnatus Presidential Scholarship recipient, a member of the University Honors Program, and a Connections Dual Admissions BS/MD student. She has been involved in and had leadership roles in Cru Campus Ministry, the UHP Annual Welcome Retreat Team, the Transition and Access Program, Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medical society, and Partners in Health Engage. She was a founding member of and is now Program Coordinator for the Crossroad Volunteer Internship Program, a program that trains pre-medical students in case management at clinics in underserved communities of Cincinnati. While at UC, Caroline studied abroad extensively in Guatemala, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic. Upon graduation, Caroline plans to attend UC's College of Medicine and eventually become a pediatrician in underserved communities.

Hannah Randolph

Hannah Randolph (’16) was a UC endorsed candidate for the 2015 Truman Scholarship. Hannah is majoring in International Affairs and Economics with minors in Spanish, Asian Studies, Mathematics, and Political Science. She is both an Honors student and a Presidential Excellence scholar in the Cincinnatus Scholarship program. She is also involved in the Undergraduate Economics Society, the Indian Students’ Association, the Honors Ambassadors program, and the Learning Assistance Center’s peer tutoring program. She has studied abroad in Guatemala and China and is particularly interested in cultural understanding, studying foreign languages, women’s issues, and international economics. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school to earn a PhD in economics and eventually work for the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer.

Tamika Jones is majoring Spanish and Communications with a minor in Marketing. Tamika was a UC-endorsed candidate for the Truman in 2014. She hopes to purse a Master’s in International Development. Tamika’s goal is to raise awareness regarding human rights issues, and to promote policies that are developed through an understanding of local political and economic circumstances. Tamika is a Turner Scholar and a student in the University Honor’s program. She recently returned from Mexico, where she served as an intern at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. She hopes to one day join the Foreign Service.

Charles McCombs, a health sciences major and University Honors Program student, has been awarded UC-endorsement for the Truman Scholarship in 2014. Charles works in the Learning Assistance Center, volunteers his time in the Bearcat Buddies program, and is a member of the UC Gymnastics Club. Outside of UC, he volunteers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and has worked as a summer camp counselors for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Charles’ goal is to attend medical school and earn a Medical Doctorate or Doctorate of Osteopathic medicine degree. His areas of interest are trauma, emergency medicine, and pediatrics.

Mahima Venkatesh, a member of UC’s Connections Dual Admissions BA/MD program, has been awarded UC-endorsement for the Truman Scholarship for 2014. Mahima interest in global health care, particularly for women and children, has influenced her decision to pursue a Master’s in Public Health degree before beginning medical school. She has demonstrated her leadership skills in many different forums, including the University Honors Program, Bearcat Buddies, the Girl Scouts and Global Med. Mahima has also volunteered her time in various medical institutions and held a variety of research-intern positions. During the summer of 2014 Mahima traveled to Thailand and India where she conducted research and volunteered her time providing locals with health-care education.

Julia Tasset 2013 Truman Candidate

Julia Tasset is a studying Spanish and Biology in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences. Through UC's Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, she was an endorsed applicant for the 2013 Truman Scholarship competition. Julia is a founding member of the UC chapter of GlobeMed, an organization dedicated to improving health around the world. She recently traveled to Thailand with fellow GlobeMed students to assist in this mission. Her interests include international public health and infectious disease medicine. Upon graduation, she plans to earn her Master of Public Health degree at UC and subsequently continue on to medical school.

Erica Goubeaux, 2013 Truman Candidate

Erica Goubeaux, a mathematics and economics student in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, was an endorsed candidate for the 2013 Truman Scholarship. After graduating from UC, Erica plans to pursue her doctoral degree. Erica is involved in a variety of organizations on campus, including the University Honors Program, Kolodsik Business Scholars, Serve Beyond Cincinnati, and Intramural Sports. Erica is an advocate for service and recently participated in a Serve Beyond Cincinnati Alternative Spring Break trip to Monterrey, Mexico, where she provided service at children's homes.

Jonathan Hilton, Truman Finalist

Jonathan Hilton is pursuing a self-designed interdisciplinary degree in immigration studies. Jonathan was named a 2012 finalist for the prestigious Truman Scholarship, which seeks to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education, or elsewhere in public service. Jonathan hopes to attend law school and serve as a change agent in immigration and asylum law. Outside of the classroom, Jonathan is an avid chess player. Jonathan considered playing competitive chess for a career, but he decided to take a gamble and come to UC. Jonathan has used much of the lessons he learned playing chess throughout his college career. Many of his experiences at UC, including international travel and challenging coursework, have influenced his career choice. Jonathan has joined an elite group of young leaders in being named a 2012 Truman Finalist.

Kyle Quinn, Boren Scholar

Kyle Quinn, an accounting student in the Lindner College of Business and a member of the Lindner Honors Plus Program,was one of UC's endorsed candidates for the 2012 Truman Scholarship. Kyle spent the 2012-2013 academic year studying in Brazil as a recipient of the Boren Scholarship. Kyle studied at Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) in São Paulo, Brazil and perfecting his Portuguese. Kyle has an interest in social stustainability projects and wrote about the potential threat of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) to U.S. national financial security in his Boren Application. Kyle hopes to become a U.S. Diplomat after graduation.

Janelle Wichman, a 2013 graduate from the Lindner College of Business, was an endorsed candidate for the 2011-2012 Truman Scholarship. Upon graduating from UC, Janelle was awarded the prestigious C-Ring Award, an award given each spring to an outstanding graduating senior woman at UC. Janelle earned her undergraduate degree in Business Economics and Marketing.

Abdul Mouneimne was an endorsed candidate for the 2011-2012 Truman Scholarship. Abdul is pursuing his undergraduate degree in political science and a certificate in Arabic Language and Culture.