Only 59 students across the nation get the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, an award given to U.S. undergraduates who demonstrate leadership potential and commitment to public service.
New Jersey native and Hopkins junior Justin Falcone, who was just announced as one of this year’s winners, has got both of those in spades. He’s majoring in environmental archaeology (cool!) and minoring in global environmental change and sustainability. He plans to use the Truman award to pay for grad school studies in environmental science, management, and policy. Maybe he’ll be the one who saves us from rising sea levels!
Falcone has taken advantage of opportunities offered through his Johns Hopkins education. Thanks to another fellowship program named after a president (the Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program), he sailed from Tahiti to Hawaii, documenting the impact that climate change is having on vulnerable island communities. Sounds like a pretty sweet research project.
But it wasn’t just all island hopping and sailboat fun for Falcone: When he returned, he started the first international initiative to support a clean water infrastructure for Kiribati, a Pacific island community. Oh, and he’s also a photographer.
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