Day: March 10, 2023

Congrats to Ainsley Martinez for selection as a Finalist for the 2023 Truman Scholars Program

The Office of High-Impact Practices (OHIP) is pleased to announce UCO student Ainsley Martinez has been selected as a Finalist for the 2023 Truman Scholars. Ms. Martinez is a Journalism major from Edmond, Oklahoma, and plans to pursue a degree in Journalism from Columbia University.

Truman Scholars demonstrate outstanding leadership potential, a commitment to a career in government or the nonprofit sector, and academic excellence. Each Truman Scholar receives funding for graduate studies, leadership training, career counseling, and special internship and fellowship opportunities within the federal government.

Established by Congress in 1975 as the living memorial to President Harry S. Truman and national monument to public service, the Truman Scholarship carries the legacy of our 33rd President by supporting and inspiring the next generation of public service leaders. When approached by a bipartisan group of admirers near the end of his life, President Truman embodied this commitment to the future of public service by asking Congress to create a living memorial devoted to this purpose, rather than a traditional brick-and-mortar monument. For almost a half-century, the Truman Foundation has fulfilled that mission: inspiring and supporting Americans from diverse backgrounds to public service. Award decisions for the Truman Scholars are made in April. 

“Ms. Martinez has established herself as a change agent on our campus,” said Dr. Michael Springer, Director, Office of High-Impact Practices. “She discovered her passion for journalism and law at an early age, and has found a way to use those passions to serve underrepresented communities in Oklahoma. I am pleased that the Truman Foundation recognizes this remarkable member of our UCO community.”

The Truman Scholars program is administered at UCO through the Office of High-Impact Practices. Visit the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation website to learn more or contact Dr. Michael Springer (, Director, Office of High-Impact Practices.