The Norman Transcript


April 12, 2012

OU Academic Achievers


NORMAN — • Truman scholarship:

OU junior Evan DeFilippis learned earlier this month that he is the sixth OU student to receive the prestigious Truman Scholarship, awarded based on his leadership potential, intellectual ability and likelihood of making a difference.

Called an “outstanding leader” by OU President David Boren, DeFilippis is a triple major studying economics, political science and psychology with minors in African-American studies and mathematics.

Truman scholars are committed to careers in government or the nonprofit sector and receive $30,000 for graduate study.

DeFilippis has listed Harvard University and Princeton University as his top picks and plans to pursue a master’s degree in public administration and international development.

• Udall scholar:

OU student Becky Wood was named a 2012 Udall Scholar this week by the Morris K. Udall Foundation, based upon academic and leadership excellence and her commitment to a future career in environmental issues, Native American public policy or health care.

The $5,000 scholarship is awarded to only 80 students across the nation to be applied to tuition, fees and other academic expenses.

Originally from Albuquerque, N.M., Wood is a junior at OU, pursuing degrees in interdisciplinary perspectives on the environment and English while serving as an Earth ambassador for NASA’s Earth Sciences Division.

She plans to pursue a law degree and a master’s of law degree in environmental policy and work as a public policy analyst for a geosciences organization.

— Transcript Staff

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