Serene Singh, a 2015 Rampart High School graduate and a junior majoring in political science and journalism at the University of Colorado in Boulder has won a prestigious Truman Scholarship.
The award pays up to $30,000 for graduate study, priority admission at graduate institutions and intensive leadership training for careers in public service.
Singh, the daughter of G.B. and Nitu Singh of Colorado Springs, is CU Boulder’s 11th recipient of the scholarship and the first since 2014.
She has a long list of accomplishments. She’s attending CU Boulder as a Boettcher Scholar, is the reigning America's Junior Miss and in 2016 was crowned Miss Colorado Teen.
She also started a nonprofit called The Serenity Project to help at-risk and marginalized women build confidence and develop self-esteem.
Singh is active in the Sikh-American community, starting the first Sikh Student Association in Colorado. She is working on an honors thesis and potential policies that will help protect Sikhs in the United States from hate crimes.
Singh said she feels “honored,” “humbled” and “fortunate,” to have received the highly competitive award.
“This scholarship and the people I have met from this journey have changed my life in the best ways possible,” she said in a statement.
The 59 new Truman Scholars were selected from among 756 candidates nominated by 311 colleges and universities. Recipients were chosen on the basis of their academic and leadership accomplishments and their likelihood of becoming public service leaders.
Singh has proven herself to be a “change maker,” said Deborah Viles, director of CU Boulder’s office of top scholarships.
“She engages in remarkable community service, has extensive leadership experience and maintains sharp academic focus,” Viles said in a news release.
At Rampart High, Singh was a three-time state speech and debate champion and known for performing dances throughout the community from her parent’s native India. She also was a Gazette Best and Brightest.
Singh aspires to serve on the United States Supreme Court.