Senior sociology major Nicole Manglona Torres was recently named a 2010 Truman Scholar, a competitive national award that recognizes students who exhibit exceptional leadership potential and a commitment to careers in public service.
Torres’ extensive community service includes volunteering at Glide Memorial Church, where she helps San Francisco’s poor and homeless, tutoring Oakland high school students, and serving as co-president of the USF club San Quentin Alliance for C.H.A.N.G.E., a student group that seeks to help incarcerated men assimilate back into their communities as constructive and productive members of society. Torres did all this while maintaining an A grade-point average.
“Since coming to USF, Nicole has distinguished herself as one of the most talented students in the College (of Arts and Sciences) and the university as a whole,” said Patrick Murphy, politics professor and Truman Scholar faculty sponsor to Torres.
The award, given by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation to about 60 students nationwide, carries with it a scholarship worth up to $30,000 for graduate study. Torres plans to use it to attend law school, eventually returning to her native Saipan (part of the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in the Pacific Ocean) to work in the public defender’s office.