Four Selected as Finalists for Nationally Competitive Truman Scholarship

a collage of four students: two males and two females
Tyler Harvey, Eilidh Jenness, Brooks Lamb, and Jolie-Grace Wareham all from the Class of 2017

Rhodes College is pleased to announce four juniors have been selected as finalists for the Truman Scholarship. They are Tyler Harvey, Eilidh Jenness, Brooks Lamb, and Jolie-Grace Wareham. 

In 1975, the Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress as a federal memorial to the 33rd President, Harry S. Truman. It provides generous financial support for graduate study in preparation for careers in government, public service, the nonprofit sector, or education. The finalists will be interviewed on various dates in March, and winners announced in April. 

Tyler Harvey, an urban studies major from Greer, S.C., has worked in the Summer Plus program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, an extremely competitive internship, giving him excellent scientific and technical training in public health. This semester, he is participating in a comparative public health study abroad that examines the relationships between globalization and health in different settings. On campus, Harvey is a participant of Rhodes’ Bonner Scholarship Program and Culture of Consent, a student organization aimed at eliminating sexual assault. He is interested in pursuing a career in public health and medicine.

Eilidh Jenness, an urban studies and English double major from Bentonville, AR, is the executive director of The Bridge, the city’s student-organized street newspaper that enables people experiencing homelessness to earn a self-generated income. She also has been a volunteer tutor for KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools, a volunteer at Caritas Village, and an intern for Consilience Group, a consulting firm for large nonprofits. Jenness has interests in community-building and serves as the documentarian in the Ruka intentional community, a fellowship at Rhodes. She plans to pursue advanced degrees in public policy and urban planning.

Brooks Lamb, a history major from Chapel Hill, TN, has developed a passion for farm and natural land conservation, leading to a summer internship with the Land Trust for Tennessee. Another internship with Overton Park Conservancy in Memphis provided him the opportunity to lead volunteers, develop new programs, and begin a book project that seeks to tell the park’s history through personal perspectives. On campus, Lamb participates in the Bonner Scholarship Program, serves as Honor Council president, and works as a research assistant for Dr. Tim Huebner’s newest book on American constitutional history. He plans to pursue a J.D., concentrating on environmental law.

Jolie-Grace Wareham, political science major from Lombard, IL, has been one of the key state leaders at the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature, an undergraduate research presenter at the Midwest Political Science Association conference, and a Democracy Program Research Intern at the McCormick Foundation in Chicago. She serves as a campus representative for the Project Pericles program and is active in local and state Democratic Party organizations. Her activities on campus include serving as president and raising the visibility of Rhodes College Democrats, participating in the Bonner Scholarship Program, playing string bass in a variety of music ensembles, and serving on the Honor Council and as a coordinator for the Kinney Program for community service.

(in the photo l-r: Brooks Lamb and Tyler Harvey; Eilidh Jenness and Jolie-Grace Wareham)