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Truman Finalists

Kamryn Yanchick and Ethan Maddy Named Truman Scholarship Finalists

by Prof. Brian Johnson

The Honors College is pleased to celebrate Honors students Kamryn Yanchick and Ethan Maddy, who have been named finalists for the 2021 Truman Scholarship!

One of the nation’s most prestigious scholarships, the Truman provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields such as government agencies, nonprofit organizations, or educational institutions. Competitive applicants have strong records in public service to their community, their university, government (such as legislative internships) and/or partisan politics (such as political campaigns).

Kamryn Yanchick portrait photo
Kamryn Yanchick

Honors Junior Kamryn Yanchick is a political science and Native American studies double major hailing from Edmond, Oklahoma.

Yanchick currently serves as the vice-president of Gamma Delta Pi, OU's only American Indian sorority on campus dedicated to enriching the lives of all American Indian women academically, socially, and culturally.

She serves as vice-president of the American Indigenous Business Leaders, director of philanthropy for the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature, and programming chair for Oklahoma Votes. In addition, she is a member of the American Indian Student Association. 

At the Honors College, Yanchick is a member of the Honors Student Association's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board and has served on the review board of The Honors Undergraduate Research Journal (THURJ). This spring, she had two papers, Finding Fight in Dark Places: Oil, Oppression and Ogoni Women's Resistance and Sovereignty and Uranium Mining in the Navajo Nation accepted and published by THURJ.

After graduating in Spring 2022, she plans to earn both a law degree and a Masters in Public Policy. Her goal is to start a career working on issues pertaining to Native American law and policy.

Ethan Maddy Portrait Photo
Ethan Maddy

Ethan Maddy is an Honors junior from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, pursuing a double major in economics and managerial economics.

Maddy currently serves as the student director for the OU Food Pantry. Founded in 2017 to provide free supplementary food for all OU students, faculty and staff, the Food Pantry recently celebrated its 10,000th visitor milestone.

Maddy also serves as chair of the Big 12 Food Pantry Alliance, which he founded in 2019. He has volunteered with Feed the Children and The Oklahoma City Rescue Mission. 

An Honors student since coming to OU in 2018, Maddy has been involved with the Informed Citizens Discussion Groups and currently serves as a group moderator.

Maddy plans to graduate in Spring 2022 and go on to earn a law degree and a Masters in Public Health. He then hopes to begin a career in the federal government working for the Department of Health and Human Services or the Department of Justice.

Kamryn and Ethan join other recent Truman Scholarship finalists from the OU Honors College, including Carson Ball and Natalie Bayer (2020) and Truman winner Jeremy Allen (2016).

Congratulations, Kamryn and Ethan!