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Tulane Junior Awarded Prestigious Truman Scholarship

Picture of Truman Scholar Lilith Winkler-Schor

Lilth Winkler-Schor, a Newcomb Scholar from Seattle, Washington, won a  prestigious Truman Scholarship, which provides $30,000 toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in professional development programming to prepare for a career in public service leadership.

Lilith Winkler-Schor, a junior pursuing a BFA in studio art with additional majors in political science and social policy and practice, has been named a Truman Scholar. The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation was created by Congress in 1975 to be the nation’s living memorial to President Harry S. Truman. The Foundation has a mission to select and support the next generation of public service leaders. This award has become one of the most prestigious national scholarships in the United States. Recipients receive a $30,000 scholarship toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in professional development programming to help prepare them for careers in public service leadership.

Lilith will pursue a joint Master’s degree in Public Policy/Administration and Urban Planning, with a focus in urban design, to support her desire to address racial inequity in urban landscapes.  She hopes to pair the policy issues and structural framework offered by the MPP/MPA with the hands-on development, creativity and project structure that urban design requires. 

Lilith is a co-founder and project director of Roots of Renewal, a program that aims at reducing recidivism in New Orleans and to foster community in low-income neighborhoods.  Roots of Renewal trains recently released inmates in construction as they renovate blighted homes in their community, thereby allowing these men to physically invest in their neighborhood while translating the skills they’ve gained into employment opportunities.

Lilith, a Newcomb Scholar, is writing her honors thesis “The Power of Neighborhoods in Successful Housing Policy,” under the direction of political science professor Mirya Holman.  Professor Holman observes that, “Lilith distinguishes herself - both in and outside of the classroom – as someone who not only cares about changing the community but also wants to figure out the best way to do so. She is willing to be intellectually flexible in her approach, to learn new ideas and skills, and to synthesize a great deal of information in her efforts to understand how to make the biggest impact. Her resume is certainly impressive, but it her intensity and passion that really set her apart.”

Annually, candidates for the Truman Scholarship go through a rigorous, multi-stage selection process. In 2017, there were 768 candidates for the award nominated by 315 colleges and universities, a record number of institutions. The 199 finalists for the award were interviewed in March and early April at one of sixteen regional selection panels. Sixty-two new Truman Scholars were selected in 2017. They will receive their awards in a ceremony at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum on Sunday, May 28, 2017.

For more information on the Truman Scholarship, please contact Dr. Jennifer Beers, coordinator for nationally competitive scholarships with the Honors Program, at

Read more about Lilith and the Truman Scholarship here.