Krystal McLeod, a junior politics major in NYU’s College of Arts and Science, has been named a 2015 Truman Scholar—one of 58 Americans selected this year.

Krystal McLeod

Krystal McLeod, a junior politics major in NYU’s College of Arts and Science, has been named a 2015 Truman Scholar—one of 58 Americans selected this year.

As part of the honor, McLeod, NYU’s fourth Truman Scholar since 2007, will receive a $30,000 grant toward her graduate education.

“Krystal is a young woman of fire, grace, and intelligence, and she represents the best of what NYU, and the College within it, can be,” said G. Gabrielle Starr, Seryl Kushner Dean of the College of Arts and Science. “We feel immense pride in her being named a 2015 Truman Scholar, and we know that more great things are to come.”

McLeod has used her experience with national nonprofits to develop her own educational initiative, “My” Right to Learn, which was created during her time as both a Dalai Lama and Gallatin Global Human Rights fellow at NYU. Established in 2014, “My” Right to Learn, a summer program for low-income minority youth, aims to develop future leaders that possess academic excellence and instill an understanding of the social and economic trends that affect their communities.

McLeod intends to pursue a dual-degree program at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and NYU’s School of Law.

“I want to learn how to more effectively address the disparities in education within the United States, a key challenge my program ‘My’ Right to Learn seeks to remedy,” explains McLeod, who grew up in Bay Shore, Long Island. “NYU’s dual degree program will both aid me in my understanding of crafting policy at all levels while also preparing me for my pursuits as a non-profit innovator.”

Later this year, McLeod will take part in a week-long course on leadership with other Truman Scholars at Missouri’s William Jewell College as well as a 10-week Summer Institute internship in Washington, D.C.

A complete listing of the 2015 scholars can be found at the Truman Foundation’s website.

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