Nicole Golden, a University of Maine junior who is a double major in psychology and sociology, has been named a winner of a Truman Scholarship.
Golden is one of 54 winners selected from 587 candidates nominated by 292 colleges and universities. Truman Scholars were chosen by 16 independent selection panels on the basis of their academic and leadership accomplishments, and their likelihood of becoming public service leaders.
Golden is the president of UMaine’s Nontraditional Student Association. She works with several non-profit organizations focusing on kinship care, anti-bullying and marriage equality. Ultimately, Golden hopes to hold elected office where she’ll advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children. She is interested in pursuing a law degree and specializing in family law.
Each new Truman Scholar receives up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government. Recipients must be U.S. citizens, have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills, be in the top quarter of their class, and be committed to careers in government or the non-profit sector.
Contact: Jessica Bloch, (207) 581-3777