For the fourth time in Grand Valley’s history, the university can boast a Truman Scholarship finalist.
Junior Malia Kah, a global studies and social impact major in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, is one of 189 nationwide finalists selected from a pool of more than 700 applicants for the nation’s most prestigious domestic award for undergraduate students.
“I was honored simply by being presented with the opportunity to apply and be nominated for the Truman Scholarship,” said Kah. “I knew this was highly competitive, so reading the email that told me that I get the chance to enter the next step in the process is in itself worth a celebration. I am nervous, however, I keep trying to remind myself that this is a rare opportunity, so I'm going to first and foremost have fun with it.”
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation recognizes juniors for academic excellence, leadership potential and a commitment to public service. Congress created the scholarship and President Gerald Ford signed the bill in 1975 to honor the 33rd president.
In the fall of 2021, Kah was one of six students selected for the Semester in Detroit program, a rigorous urban studies immersion program coordinated by GVSU in partnership with the administering institution, the University of Michigan.