RBS Danielle Allen Selected as 2008 Truman Scholar

March 26, 2008

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation announced on Tuesday that Danielle Allen, RBS 2005, was selected as a 2008 Truman Scholar. Danielle is one of only 65 finalists selected from nearly 600 candidates nominated by colleges and universities around the country. A student at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Danielle will receive up to $30,000 for graduate study.
Established in 1975, the Truman Scholarship Foundation is a prestigious honor awarded to college juniors who are committed to careers in public service and who exemplify exceptional leadership potential.  As a Truman Scholar, Danielle is required to work in public service for at least three years following completion of graduate school.

"The entire Ron Brown Scholar Program extends our congratulations to Danielle on achieving the remarkable honor of being named a 2008 Truman Scholar," said Mike Mallory, executive director of the Ron Brown Scholar Program. "Scholars are chosen on their likelihood of 'making a difference' and through Danielle's great work, she has proven her interest in serving others time and time again. We look forward to Danielle's continued success as she leads a path toward excellence for others to follow."
A native of Monroe, North Carolina, Danielle became a Ron Brown Scholar in 2005 and will graduate from the University of North Carolina in 2009 with a degree in Public Policy and Economics. Danielle has been an active participant in several service projects at UNC-CH. She serves as Co-Director for the annual Beat Hunger Beat Duke Campaign, a state-wide hunger relief fundraiser, and for the Oxfam America Collegiate Click Drive, a national micro-crediting loan fundraiser. In her community, she volunteers in the classroom for the YES I CAN Pre-College Outreach Program and the Breakthrough Collaborative, a non-profit that works to increase educational opportunities for low-income middle school students.
Danielle is passionate about social and educational policy and hopes to work as a teacher through Teach For America after graduation. Following that, she plans to receive a J.D. and work as an education lawyer to advocate for policy reform and defend the rights of those less fortunate.


Named for the late Secretary of Commerce and inspired by his dedication to public service, the Ron Brown Scholar Program was established in 1996 to provide academic scholarships, service opportunities and leadership experiences for young African-Americans of outstanding promise.  The Program seeks to accelerate their progress into the mainstream of leadership positions in business, education, government and a wide spectrum of professions, while instilling a dedication to leadership and service. For more information, please visit

Laura Dossa

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