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Drexel's Nominees for the 2016 Truman Scholarship

February 9, 2016

Congratulations to Drexel’s nominees for the 2016 Truman Scholarship – Alexis Carlsson and Kyle Ropp!

Alexis Carlsson Alexis Carlsson (BA International Area Studies ‘17, Honors) is a junior International Area Studies major with a concentration in Global Science, Sustainability and Health, minoring in Spanish, Public Health and Nutrition. She is passionate about the power of civic agriculture and a food-systems approach in policy to eliminate urban health disparities and build healthy, diverse and resilient communities. She is the president of Drexel Urban Growers, a member of the Student Global Advisory Board, and a Community Health Researcher for the River Wards Environmental Health study with Dr. Alison Kenner. Alexis intends to pursue a Masters in Public Health and work to eliminate health disparities through public health programming and policy.


Kyle RoppKyle Ropp (BA International Area Studies / Economics ’17, Honors) is a third year student majoring in International Area Studies and Economics, with a particular interest in U.S. national security strategy and U.S.-Russian relations. He is an active member of Drexel’s Track Club and Mock Trial teams, in addition to working as a research assistant for Dr. Zoltán Búzás on projects on human rights and international politics. Kyle is a contracted Army ROTC cadet and hopes to commission as an officer after graduating from Drexel, before pursuing a Master’s degree in security studies and work as a Foreign Area Officer in the Army. In his spare time, Kyle enjoys studying Russian, learning about application programming, practicing boxing and martial arts, and playing guitar.


Special thanks to the members of Drexel’s 2016 Truman Campus Committee, who worked with the Fellowships Office during the fall and winter terms to review applications, conduct interviews, and advise nominees on their applications:

  • Peter Amato, Teaching Professor, Philosophy
  • Jennifer Breaux, Assistant Teaching Professor, Community Health & Prevention
  • Ryan O’Connor, Assistant Director, Lindy Center for Civic Engagement
  • Kristene Unsworth, Assistant Professor, College of Information Science and Technology

The Truman Scholarship is a highly prestigious national program that supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to careers in public service, including education and non-profit sectors. Since its creation in 1975, the Foundation has supported almost 3,000 Truman Scholars who are making a difference in all corners of the nation and around the globe. For more information, visit the Truman Foundation website and email Erin Drulis, Fellowships Advisor, Drexel Fellowships Office.