Led by the mentorship of Honors staff members, Emily Jones and Kate Huebschmann, the number of Boise State student applications for prestigious fellowships have dramatically increased. Since opening the Fellowship Advising Office in 2014, they have helped over 110 students apply for fellowships, many of whom have gone on to win awards such as Fulbright, Goldwater, Marshall, Truman, and Rhodes Scholarships.
In 2020, Boise State broke the state record for number of Truman Scholars in one year when both Jackson Blackwell and David Shin were awarded. Over the past three years, 32 students have applied for Fulbright Scholarships, with 20 reaching the semi-finalist stage, and 12 receiving a Fulbright fellowship. At least five have been awarded in 2020 so far, setting a new annual record. Kate Huebschmann now annually teaches a semester-long seminar for prospective Fulbright applicants.
Here are pictures and comments from some of our Truman and Fulbright winners:
My Fulbright experience so far has been wonderful! Being given the chance to live in Germany for a year and build connections with my fellow teachers and my students, I think has really helped to push me out of my comfort zone and really improve my German. Those were two of my goals heading into the program, so I am very excited to see where the rest of my Fulbright year takes me and I am excited to see what I can bring back home with me.
Being named a 2020 Truman Scholarship is less a reflection of my personal abilities but rather the incredible opportunities that Boise State and the advising office in particular offers. My fellowship advisor walked me through the process and was as invested in the process as I was, at times staying up as late as possible to help revise my essays. With this scholarship, I intend on obtaining a graduate economics and law degree in order to become a criminal justice attorney. I am passionate about reforming the current prison system in an economically rational way so that inmates that are released can join the workforce and not be at risk for returning to prison.
I’m grateful and honored to be named a 2020 Truman Scholar. It’s humbling to join the community of Truman Scholars who are all dedicated to public service and making a difference in our country and world. I intend to pursue a Master’s of Public Policy and a Juris Doctorate after I graduate from Boise State. The opportunities and funding this scholarship provides will be key as I pursue a career in international energy and Arctic environmental policy.
Ultimately, I hope to return to my home state of Alaska and make a difference in my community and state. I couldn’t have done this without the help and advice of the Boise State community. Both the Honors College and my Fellowships Advisor, Kate Huebschmann, have been instrumental in providing me guidance during my time at Boise State. The College of Business and Economics and the School of Public Service have also allowed me to explore my interests through studying abroad, spending a semester in Washington, D.C., and on-and-off-campus opportunities and funding. I credit my success to my family, friends, and mentors who have supported and challenged me over the years.