Howard University Student Justin Edwards Named 2018 Truman Scholar


Prestigious national honor awards $30,000 for graduate school and professional training for a career in public service leadership

Justin Edwards TrumanWASHINGTON, DC ---Today, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation selected Howard University student Justin Edwards, a junior political science major, as a Truman Scholar for 2018. He was chosen from a pool of 756 students nominated by 311 colleges and universities, a record number of institutions.  The 194 finalists will receive their awards in a ceremony at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum on May 27, 2018.  

“The Howard University community is extremely proud that our rising scholar, Justin Edwards, has been selected for the prestigious Truman Award, and I had the esteemed pleasure of calling him with the good news while he’s studying abroad in Rome,” said President Wayne A. I. Frederick. “Justin exemplifies our motto of ‘truth and service’ through his volunteerism and entrepreneurial endeavors.”  

Born in Lafayette, La., Edwards is the founder and president of the VISION Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization which promotes scholarship, educational achievement, leadership, professional development, community service and social activism.  Edwards is the 11thTruman Scholar in Howard history, and the 3rdTruman Scholar in the last consecutive three years.

“I have been tremendously blessed to have achieved many of the goals I have set for myself and I think a large reason for this is that others have helped create a “vision” for my future,” said Edwards.  “I want to help others to do the same so that they can be successful.”

Edwards’ campus involvement includes being a member of the elite Freshman Leadership Academy, serving as an executive board member of HUMBLE, and a member of the College of Arts and Science Honors Program.  During the summer of 2016, Justin traveled to China to engage in a cultural immersion trip with the Freshman Leadership Academy. Additionally, he was valedictorian of his class at Lafayette High School in 2015. 

Recipients of the Truman Scholarship receive a $30,000 scholarship toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in professional development programming to help prepare them for careers in public service leadership.  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.  More information on the Truman Foundation and a complete list of 2018 Truman Scholars is available online at

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About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced four Rhodes Scholars, nine Truman Scholars, two Marshall Scholars, one Schwarzman Scholar, over 60 Fulbright Scholars and 22 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit

About the Truman Scholarship Foundation

The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to our thirty-third President. The Foundation awards scholarships for college students to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. The activities of the Foundation are supported by a special trust fund in the US Treasury. There have been 2,906 Truman Scholars selected since the first awards were made in 1977.


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