Anchee Nitschke Durben ’24 selected as Truman Scholar

The junior is one of 62 students nationwide to be awarded the prestigious scholarship this year.
Provost Anita Thomas and President Becky Roloff congratulate Anchee Nitschke Durban

Provost Anita Thomas, PhD, and President ReBecca Koenig Roloff ’76 visited Anchee Nitschke Durben ’24 to inform her of her selection as a Truman Scholar. Photo courtesy of D'Ann Urbaniak Lesch

St. Catherine University congratulates Anchee Nitschke Durben ’24, who was announced this week as a 2023 Truman Scholar.

The Truman Scholarship is a national competitive fellowship that funds graduate study for students pursuing careers as public service leaders. Nitschke Durben, a double major in public health and data science, plans to pursue a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan and hopes to work directly with communities to improve health outcomes.

“I'm honored and excited to be named a Truman Scholar and can't wait to pursue a degree in public health with an emphasis on public service,” said Nitschke Durben. “Applying for Truman helped me better define my goals and learn more about myself and the issues I want to focus on when I enter the workforce.”

An Antonian Honors student and Katies for Aging Research and Equity (KARE) Scholar, Nitschke Durben has also completed Summer Scholars research with occupational therapy faculty and interned with People’s Center through Community Work and Learning. She has also been part of the “Welcoming the Dear Neighbor?” interdisciplinary community-engaged team researching racial covenants in Minnesota.

Nitschke Durben worked with the Office of Scholarly Engagement’s Competitive Fellowships team throughout the application process. Associate professor of education Anne Weyandt, JD, EdD, was the Truman advisor, and additional St. Kate’s faculty and staff served on the application committee and interview prep team. 

"We are all so proud of Anchee for her selection,” said President ReBecca Koenig Roloff ’76. “This accomplishment reflects the hard work and passion for service that exemplifies successful leadership. I am confident that she will continue to transform the world and make St. Kate’s proud.”

Nitschke Durben was one of 62 college students nationwide selected as 2023 Truman Scholars from a pool of 705 candidates. Students were nominated by their institutions, and a group of finalists were selected to complete interviews with the Truman Foundation’s Regional Review Panels in March and early April. The fellowship recipients were chosen from these finalists. 

The Truman Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as a living memorial to President Harry S. Truman. The Truman Scholarship aims to honor his legacy through supporting and inspiring the next generation of public service leaders. 


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