Marine Corps dependent Emily Truman was awarded a $3,000 Bruce and Suzie Kovner/ThanksUSA scholarship to begin her History major at Brigham Young University. As an Honors Program student, Emily is already making plans to study abroad in London, England, and at BYU’s Jerusalem Center. “I am eager to focus my studies on the European and Hebrew cultures.”
Emily is one of eight children, all of whom were homeschooled. Her father, MSG Spencer Truman, USMC, has honorably served his country for the past 19 years.
Like most military families, Emily and her siblings rely on their mother's strength and guidance while their father is deployed. "My mother is an example of a strong work ethic to me." She adds that by following her father's example of leadership, she devoted over 200 hours of community service during her high school years.
Leadership and a strong work ethic continue to be important to Emily. As a member of the Student Leadership Organization, Emily participates in many activities that support the local community and the BYU campus. She plans Resident Housing Association dances and social activities, helped design an award winning Homecoming float, and volunteers with a group of local adults who are studying for the GED.
“Campus life has many opportunities for enrichment that fill my schedule: football games, swing dance club, choir concerts, religion symposiums, weekly devotionals, and honors seminars-to name a few.”
During her time at BYU, Emily will focus on historical documents and manuscripts. After graduating, she hopes to work as an archivist, preferably for the Library of Congress.
“I am so thankful for the generous Bruce and Suzie Kovner/ThanksUSA scholarship that has enabled me to attend Brigham Young University, participate in activities that strengthen my values and talents, and serve in my community.”