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Arts and Sciences undergraduate awarded Truman Scholarship

Oseremhen “Ose” Arheghan, a third-year political science and Chinese major, has been awarded a 2021 Harry S. Truman Scholarship.

Arheghan is one of 62 students nationwide selected for the prestigious honor from a record number of 845 applicants from 328 colleges and universities. Scholars are recommended by 17 independent selection panels based on the finalists’ academic success and leadership accomplishments, as well as their potential as future public service leaders.

“The Truman Scholarship is one of the most prestigious awards that you can win as a third-year student, particularly as a third-year student interested in public service,” Arheghan said. “I feel really affirmed about my career path. It feels really good to see folks who are established in their careers say, ‘OK, I see what you’re doing, I see the path that you’re on and I want to support you on this path because I think you’re going to go far.’”

A Morrill Scholar from Shaker Heights, Ohio, Arheghan has been committed to leadership, diversity and inclusion since choosing Ohio State. They have led as the chair and co-founder of the Undergraduate Black Caucus and a cohort leader for the Queer and Trans People of Color Cohort at Ohio State.

Arheghan has worked to help students break down barriers to build a more inclusive and supportive campus — an effort they hope to pursue following graduation.

“When I grew up, my mom always told me that as an individual who is carrying many minority identities, it’s really important that I’m able to verbalize what I need and to be able to advocate for that,” they said. “And that might not always be easy, but it is always necessary.”

Established by Congress in 1975 as a living memorial to President Harry S. Truman, the Truman Scholarship is intended to support and encourage the next generation of public service leaders. Truman Scholars demonstrate outstanding leadership potential, a commitment to a career in government or the nonprofit sector, and academic excellence.

“Ose truly embodies the Truman Foundation’s core mission to foster the next generation of leaders — especially those from diverse backgrounds — and help pave their way to a successful public service career,” said President Kristina M. Johnson. “We have seen firsthand Ose’s deep and abiding commitment to leadership and service at Ohio State, and I look forward to seeing all that the future has in store for them. Congratulations, Ose, on this wonderful accomplishment.”

Find the full announcement in Ohio State News.

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