Student Profile: Kemi Oyewole, C'2014
Kemi Oyewole, C'2014, has been selected as a 2013 Truman Scholar. Each year hundreds of college juniors compete for roughly 60 awards, and Oyewole is Spelman's first Truman Scholar since 1994.The rigorous selection process requires that good candidates have a strong record of public service, as well as a policy proposal that addresses a particular issue in society.
Firmly rooted in President Truman's belief that education promotes the general welfare of our country, the Truman Scholarship remains committed to encouraging future “change-agents” of America. Many of those chosen as scholars go on to serve in public office, as public defenders, leaders of non-profit organizations, and educators. Double majoring in economics and mathematics, Oyewole plans to be an economist and policy maker focusing on effective poverty interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Oyewole says, "Giving all glory to God, I would like to offer special thanks to: President Beverly Daniel Tatum, Trustee Celeste Watkins-Hayes C'96, Dean DeKimberlen Neely C'96, Dr. Robynn Cox, Dr. Lisa Cook C'86, the Departments of Economics and Mathematics, and the rest of the ever supportive Spelman community."
Aside from being selected as a Truman Scholar, she is also a member of the Board of Trustees, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society, the Jaguar tennis team, and a 2010 National Achievement Scholar. She has been on the Dean’s List each semester since matriculating at Spelman. She also produced an award-winning poster presentation, "Approaches to Evaluating Economic Development," for Spelman’s 2011 Research Day, and was a student presenter at the 2010 American Association for the Advancement of Science, Pacific Division Conference in Ashland, Ore.
Outside of the classroom, Oyewole is an active member of the Spelman Jaguars tennis team, and was named to the Great South Athletic Conference’s All-Freshman Team in 2011. She also serves as a mentor through Spelman’s Peer Assistant Leader program, is active in community service projects in greater Atlanta as a member of Actively Changing Tomorrow through Service, represents the College as a campus Ambassador, and is a summer graduate of the 2011 Institute of Philanthropy and Volunteer Service.