Elyssa Rae-Ann Correia, a junior political science student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, was awarded the prestigious Truman Scholarship. She is one of 54 scholarship recipients from across the country and the only Hawaiʻi student to win. Correia plans to attend the William S. Richardson School of Law at UH Mānoa.
As an active member of her community, Correia is involved with various community organizations such as the Penn Hawaiʻi Youth Foundation. With youth advocacy as a career goal, she hopes to start a foundation of her own focusing on helping families of drug abusers.
Correia is also a member of the 2012 UH Hilo Model United Nations Team and the president of the Model UN Club.
“Elyssa is very deserving of this award,” said Sarah Marusek, an assistant professor of political science who served as Correia’s advisor. “As a Truman Scholar and outstanding student at UH Hilo, she is an accomplished young woman with a bright future.”