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1902

The year the Rhodes Scholaship was founded

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Up to this many Rhodes scholarships awarded each year nationwide

31

Total previous Rhodes Scholars from UW-Madison

CHANGE AGENT: Truman Scholar Deshawn McKinney Whether working toward social justice and racial equity on the ground at UW-Madison or viewing on-campus activism from a global perspective, English and creative writing major (and activist and artist) Deshawn McKinney has been committed to making positive change happen. “All of the work I put in this year has revolved around asking myself one question: ‘What is the capacity for this to make real, sustainable change?’” he says. This past spring, McKinney, then a junior studying abroad in Tokyo, was selected to receive the prestigious national Truman Scholarship providing $30,000 toward graduate school. A Milwaukee native, McKinney has been a vocal leader for the Black Lives Matter movement on campus. He is also a scholar in the PEOPLE program, which seeks to increase college enrollment and graduation rates among Wisconsin students of color, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and first-generation college attendees. Furthermore, he is a member of the groundbreaking First Wave learning community, the first university

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program in the country centered on urban arts, spoken word and hip-hop culture. Even during his time in Asia, McKinney stayed engaged in the Black Lives Matter movement. This involvement, coupled by the Truman Scholarship, which recognizes and supports the next generation of public service leaders, has sparked new ideas about his future. “The movement itself has completely shifted my life, or activated me, as it has done for countless others,” he says. “I never pictured myself doing this kind of work, I never considered a career in public service or venturing into politics, but all of those are viable options now.” For English professor and poet Amy Quan Barry, McKinney receiving the Truman Scholarship is well-deserved and perhaps not unexpected. “[McKinney] is easily, hands down, the best undergraduate thinker I’ve ever encountered,” she says. — Adapted from a story by Will Hoverman

1975

The year the Truman Scholarship began

60-65

The approximate number of Truman Scholarships awarded annually nationwide

20

Total past Truman Scholarships awarded to UW-Madison students

 @EnglishUW: Proud of @UWMadison creative writing student @_NWArsenal, who won a prestigious @TrumanApp! @UWMadisonAwards: Congratulations to Colin Higgins @UWLaFollette for being named a Rhodes Scholar!

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L&S Annual Review, 2015-16  

The Annual Review for the College of Letters & Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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