MSU student leader from Davison nominated for Truman Scholarship

February 5, 2014

Joel Arnold, a Davison High School graduate now pursuing two degrees from Michigan State University, has been nominated for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.

Arnold is a junior majoring in social relations and policy in the James Madison College and urban and regional planning in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Originally from Davison, Michigan, Arnold is a squad leader for the MSU Spartan Marching Band and president/co-founder of LiveWorkDetroit! at MSU.

“Given my experience in Flint and Detroit, it would be essential to have a federal level internship in Washington, D.C.,” Arnold said. “I would be interested in participating in this opportunity and would like to work on issues related to urban development or transportation.”

Arnold served as an intern for the City of Flint Planning Department, and as an intern for Flint Mayor Dayne Walling, an MSU Truman Scholar in 1995. He has volunteered in several Genesee County political campaigns and currently works as a store manager for MSU Sparty’s convenience store. He’s the recipient of the Davison Community School’s Music Program Scholarship.

He plans to pursue a master’s degree in urban planning.

The mission of the Truman Scholarship Foundation is to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to effecting change through careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.

Michigan State has previously produced 16 Truman Scholars.

“As an undergraduate, Joel has demonstrated unique ability for and attention to public service,” said Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, dean of the MSU Honors College. “Michigan State University has given him the opportunity to explore his passions and we are pleased to nominate him for the Truman Scholarship. We look forward to seeing what he will accomplish next.”

The National and International Fellowship and Scholarship (NIFS) Office at Michigan State University, administered by the Honors College, helps interested undergraduate and graduate students to pursue major national and international opportunities by providing information and direct support throughout the competitive application processes. The Honors College serves academically talented, committed students who wish to pursue and achieve academic excellence. The Honors College strives to ensure an enriched academic and social experience for our members and create an environment that fosters active, innovative learning.