Penn Junior Awarded Truman Scholarship

April 17, 2014

Ariel Koren, C’15, has been awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a merit-based award for college students who plan to pursue graduate or professional degrees to prepare for careers in government or public service. Her major is in East Asian Languages and Civilizations.

Koren has served as president of the Class of 2015 since her freshman year and has worked on starting several university-wide traditions and initiatives such as The Wellness Project, Skimmer Fest, and the Penn HOLI festival, a celebration of life and diversity inspired by the traditional Hindu spring festival.

As a senior in high school, Koren founded Active Cross-Cultural Training in Our Neighborhoods (ACTION). She brought ACTION programming to Philadelphia and now intends to take ACTION to New York City.

Koren is among 60 United States students awarded Truman Scholarships this year, and the 21st Truman Scholar from Penn since 1981.