Public Policy Junior Earns Truman Scholarship

Public policy major Dominique Beaudry is one of two Duke juniors selected as a 2014 Truman Scholar. With Truman funding, she plans to pursue dual master's degrees in public policy studies and education at Stanford University after completing her undergraduate degree.

Students are selected based on their records of leadership, public service and academic achievement, and their likelihood of becoming public service leaders. Each Truman Scholar receives up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government.

Jamie Bergstrom, an international comparative studies major, is the other scholarship winner from Duke. She plans to seek a master's degree in public affairs from Princeton University, where she will begin her study this summer as a public policy and international affairs fellow.

"It is a tremendous honor to have two Duke students selected for this prestigious scholarship," said Duke President Richard H. Brodhead. "Dominique and Jamie both exemplify the spirit of the Truman Scholarship, with their passion for social change combined with the intellect and work ethic to effect that change. They have taken full advantage of Duke's extraordinary opportunities and have worked to make both Duke and Durham better. I know they will continue to make an imprint on their communities."

Beaudry, a Benjamin N. Duke Scholar from Concord, N.C., majors in public policy studies and minors in education and psychology. As part of the Truman 2015 Washington Summer Institute, Beaudry plans to work in the district's public school system.

"I want to work in D.C. public schools to gain experience in a large district challenged by racial and socioeconomic inequities," Beaudry said. "I aim to be a high school teacher in a low socioeconomic-status city in North Carolina that is struggling with racial tensions. I believe policy-makers and leaders must experience firsthand how policies affect teaching, students and assessments before they can implement the best solutions."

This summer, Beaudry will teach middle school students from low socioeconomic backgrounds in Miami who want to go to college. 

A volunteer tutor in Durham Public Schools, Beaudry would eventually like to be a superintendent for a large school district. "I hope to use my leadership to implement and guide education policy that provides all students, regardless of their background or circumstance, a high quality and nurturing education like I received," said Beaudry.

At Duke, Beaudry chairs the Honors Council; is founder and director of Future in Sight, a community group that organizes free eye screenings and exams to elementary students in Durham Public Schools; and is an instructor in the Intergenerational Ethics House Course. She also has worked as a research assistant at Duke, and has done volunteer work in South Carolina and Samoa.