Department of Geography and the Environment

UT Urban Studies Student Awarded Truman Scholarship

Tue, April 16, 2013
UT Urban Studies Student Awarded Truman Scholarship

Jordan Metoyer, a Liberal Arts Honors junior majoring in Urban Studies and economics at The University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded a prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship.

Metoyer was one of 62 scholars from among 629 candidates nominated by 293 colleges and universities. Recipients must have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills, be in the top quarter of their class and be committed to careers in government or the nonprofit sector.

Each scholarship provides up to $30,000 for graduate study, as well as leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, special internship opportunities within the federal government, and priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions.

“This award means the world to me," says Metoyer. "I will be a part of a family of visionary leaders committed to solving the nation's leading issues — a difficult task in a time of striking polarization and inequality. I am committed to making a difference, and the fact that I get to do so as a Truman Scholar is more than I could ever ask for.”

Among her many philanthropic activities, Metoyer served as a program consultant for the Helping Hands Apprenticeship Program, which aims to support sustainable development in Accra, Ghana. Of all her public service endeavors, Metoyer says her proudest accomplishment is founding the City Relations Task Force, a student-run organization that focuses on safe, affordable and green student housing strategies.

“An exemplary citizen of our academic community, Jordan envisions a career as a community organizer and holder of political offices, addressing the interrelated problems that arise from that crippling mix of poverty, lack of access to adequate housing, and low performing schools,” says Larry Carver, chair of the university’s Harry S. Truman Scholarship Selection Committee and director of the Liberal Arts Honors Program.

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