On a bright spring day in April, the past and the future of public service came together in the courtyard of the Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium.
Klemmer Nicodemus of Hartford, Kentucky, was there with his parents to celebrate dual honors at a reception for the University of Louisville’s latest recipients of some of the world’s most prestigious scholarships.
The J.B. Speed School of Engineering student , also a chemistry minor, had won Kentucky’s only 2023 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. In the United States, college juniors who hope to go into public service careers compete annually for the prestigious award, worth $30,000. Out of hundreds of applicants, usually just one student in each state wins the award.
Nicodemus, who hopes to spend his career in service as a scientist, became the 15th UofL student to win the award, giving UofL more Truman winners than any Kentucky college or university, public or private. In a rare double-honor, he was also a 2023 winner of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship for U.S. sophomores and juniors pursuing research careers in math, science and engineering.