Daud Mumin Named a Truman Scholar Awardee

Daud Mumin

April 14, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY—Congratulations to junior Daud Mumin (’22) for being selected as a 2021 Truman Scholar. Truman Scholars are “change-makers” who 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.
“This past year presented seemingly insurmountable challenges. Now is precisely the time to reinvest in diverse public servants who reflect America’s resourcefulness, resilience, and leadership. The new class of Truman Scholars embodies that spirit, and I look forward to you meeting them,” said Dr. Terry Babcock-Lumish, executive secretary of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.

Mumin is one of 62 new Truman Scholars selected from 845 candidates nominated by 328 colleges and universities – a record number of applicants. They were recommended by seventeen independent selection panels based on the finalists’ academic success and leadership accomplishments, as well as their likelihood of becoming public service leaders. Regional selection panels met virtually and included distinguished civic leaders, elected officials, university presidents, federal judges, and past Truman Scholarship winners.

Daud Mumin, organizer, storyteller, and artist, is a first-generation Somali-Muslim American, from Salt Lake City, Utah, majoring in Justice Studies at Westminster College. As the former Equity and Inclusion chair and currently the youngest Board Member at March For Our Lives, he has worked extensively as a local and national intersectional organizer for the crucial issues gun violence prevention, ending police violence, and using storytelling as a means for exploring sex and gender inequality. Daud was featured as one Elite Daily’s five Gen Z activists who are “The Next Wave of Black History” highlighting his motivation to give power back to the most marginalized and oppressed communities.

“We are all so thrilled for Daud. He is such an incredible activist, compassionate community organizer, inspiring leader, and phenomenal human. It is an honor and a privilege to work with him and I know that the impact he will continue to make will only be magnified through the support of the Truman Foundation. He is really the best of what Utah can be,” said Dr. Alicia Cunningham-Bryant, Westminster College’s Director for Fellowship Advising and Truman Fellowship Representative.

Mumin is the second Westminster College student selected as a Truman Scholar. Asma Dahir (’21), a public health major in the Honors College, was named a Truman finalist in 2020. Her nomination focused on extending refugee medical assistance and building stronger public health partnerships with Salt Lake’s refugee population. In 2019, McKenzie Campbell (’20), a psychology and justice studies major in the Honors College, was named a finalist and then became the first-ever Harry S. Truman Scholarship recipient at Westminster. 

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