Junior Alyssa Neill was one of only 61 college juniors nationwide to be named a Truman Scholar
Junior Alyssa Neill sees great value in knowing where food comes from and how it grows. She’s put her own knowledge to work co-founding the student group Slow Food URI, launching a local food market, building a vegetable garden on campus, and representing the University at food forums near and far. And her work hasn’t gone unnoticed.
In spring 2013, she was one of only 61 college juniors nationwide to be named a Truman Scholar and was awarded a $30,000 grant for graduate study. After a rigorous 15-part application, sample policy statement, formal nomination from URI and interview with a panel of public servants, she said “it was an amazing surprise,” when URI President David Dooley and a dozen of her professors showed up to one of her classes with a bouquet of flowers to announce her selection.
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