Political Science Major Evan Shepherd named a 2013 Truman Scholar

University of Louisville junior Evan Shepherd has been named a 2013 Truman Scholar, a prominent award given to 62 U.S. college students and valued at $30,000.

Bestowed by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, the prize recognizes college juniors with a record of outstanding leadership and community involvement who want to pursue careers in public service.

Shepherd, a political science major who will graduate in May 2014, will use the scholarship to pursue dual graduate degrees in law and education from Stanford University.

“Evan passed up a football scholarship to come to the University of Louisville and focus on academics” said UofL President James Ramsey. “That says a lot about Evan and his passion for learning and public service which are now being rewarded with a prestigious Truman Scholarship. We couldn’t be more proud of him.”

Shepherd is the son of Cynthia Shepherd of Madisonville and Charles Shepherd of Louisville. A native of Madisonville, Kentucky, Shepherd is a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar in the Porter’s Scholars Program at UofL, as well as a national Gates Millennium Scholar.

In 2012 he earned an internship as a Henry Clay Intern, awarded from the Kentucky Society of Washington for a summer in D.C. where he worked in the Office of Senator Mitch McConnell. He spent Fall 2012 studying European politics at Kings College London.

On campus, Shepherd is an active member of the Student Orientation Staff (SOS), as well as being one of the founding members of the re-chartered Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity (AΦA). He is also active in the SGA, having served as Senator, Assistant to the President, and Assistant to the Political Director. His service to the community includes Go-to-High School Go-to-College, the African American Male Initiative, and Collegiate 100.

“Evan is extraordinary in so many ways,” said Patricia Condon, who directs UofL’s Office of National and International Scholarship Opportunities. “He’s a top scholar, leader and activist who has worked hard his entire life and impresses everyone with his humility and purity of spirit.”

Ten UofL students have been Truman Scholars since 1977, the year the national program was launched, and Shepherd is the only 2013 scholar from Kentucky, Condon said.

For more information, contact Condon at 502-852-0024.