Macaulay Honors College Student Named a 2017 Truman Scholar

Claire Lynch

Claire Lynch, ’18, a student at Macaulay Honors College at City College, has been named a 2017 Harry S. Truman Scholar. Lynch’s award includes a grant of $30,000 towards tuition for her graduate studies and a number of professional development opportunities in public service leadership. The Bayview, Long Island junior, who has a double-major in Political Science and Jewish Studies, is one of 62 students selected for the prestigious Truman Scholarship this year.

“We are very proud of Claire Lynch for becoming a Truman Scholar,” said Mary C. Pearl, Ph.D., Dean of Macaulay. “In the 40-year history of Truman Scholars, CUNY has had 13 students who have won this distinguished honor, and more than half of them—7— have come from Macaulay. This is an exceptional achievement for an institution whose first class only graduated in 2005.”

“I’m just incredibly grateful for the resources and support I received from the Truman alumni community and the Macaulay/CCNY honors department,” said Lynch. “I felt that I was incredibly prepared for what was a very intensive interview and I’m so thankful for all the help I had.”

Lynch interests include migration, immigration, and refugee work, but she is currently deciding whether she wants to pursue these issues from a policy or legal perspective. The Locust Valley High School graduate is also considering pursuing a Master’s degree in either Public Policy, or Middle Eastern Studies, or going law school. Lynch will also be the first person in her immediate family to complete college.

Besides the grant and professional opportunities, Truman Scholars also gain the prestige that comes with belonging to an elite group of students tapped for their potential to become leaders.

About Macaulay Honors College

Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York offers exceptional students a uniquely personalized education with access to the vast resources of the nation’s largest urban university and the largest city, New York City. Selected for their top high school records and leadership potential, Macaulay students receive a full tuition scholarship*, a laptop and technology support, and exclusive access to apply for grants from a Macaulay fund to pursue global learning, research and service opportunities. Macaulay students enroll in one of eight CUNY senior colleges: Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, John Jay, Lehman, and Queens Colleges and the College of Staten Island. For more information, see

*Students must meet CUNY NYS residency requirements for in-state tuition to receive the Macaulay tuition scholarship.