Undergraduate will use rare, prestigious Truman Scholarship to springboard career as civil rights attorney

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USC Dornsife student Michael Solomon encourages undergraduates to apply for the Truman Scholarship. (Photo / Courtesy of Michael Solomon)

History and international relations double major Michael Solomon is “a firm believer in the potential of scholarship and shared knowledge as vehicles for change.”

Michael Solomon, a rising senior at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, has been named a Truman Scholar. The history and international relations double-major was selected to receive the prestigious competitive scholarship based in part on his outstanding leadership potential and his academic excellence.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation grants each scholar $30,000 for graduate studies, leadership training, career counseling, and federal government internship and fellowship opportunities.

Solomon, who hails from the Washington, D.C., suburb of Silver Springs, Maryland, plans to use the scholarship to pursue graduate degrees in law and history after graduating from USC Dornsife.

“I’m a firm believer in the potential of scholarship and shared knowledge as vehicles for change,” he says. Through his studies, he aims to build critical skills that will complement his efforts in the courtroom. He also hopes to build on his advocacy work.

A co-founder of Montgomery County Students for Change, one of the D.C. area’s largest youth advocacy organizations, Solomon has already spent several years in grassroots organization around gun violence prevention, education equity and civic engagement.

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