Four to Vie for Coveted 2020 Truman Scholarship

collage of four college students
clockwise from top left: Teasha Dogra, Jacob Fontaine, Olivia Brown, and Matthew Mussalli

Rhodes’ Postgraduate Scholarship Committee is endorsing four juniors to compete for the 2020 Truman Scholarship, the premier graduate fellowship in the United States for those pursuing careers as public service leaders. They are Olivia Brown, Teasha Dogra, Jacob Fontaine, and Matthew Mussalli.

In 1975, the Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress as a federal memorial to the 33rd president, Harry S. Truman. It provides up to $30,000 to apply toward graduate study in the U.S. or abroad in a wide variety of fields

Brown, a political science major from Knoxville, TN, is a Bonner Scholar and president of the Rhodes College Democrats. She serves on the Rhodes Student Government and Honor Council as well as participates in the mock trial program. 

Dogra, also a political science major and a Bonner Scholar, is co-president of GlobeMed on campus and has served as an intern for Memphis organizations, which include Memphis Area Legal Services and the Community Legal Center. She is from Nashville, TN.

Fontaine is an economics and international studies major from Flower Mound, TX. He serves as student body vice president and editor of The Bridge. He also has worked as an intern at Memphis Area Legal Services.
A psychology major from Spring, TX, Mussalli participates in the mock trial program and is a student trainee for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Tennessee.

Truman Scholars will be announced spring 2020.