Mousley Earns Prestigious Truman Scholarship

Victoria Mousley ’17 is one of 54 college juniors to be named a 2016 Harry S. Truman Scholar.

The Truman Scholarship is a competitive, merit-based award offered to U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals from the Pacific Islands who intend to go to graduate school for public service, and provides winners up to $30,000, as well as special training and internship opportunities. The 54 scholarship recipients were selected from among 775 applicants nominated by more than 300 colleges and universities nationwide.

Mousley, of Jericho, Vermont, is a psychology major with a self-designed minor in deaf studies and a concentration in gender, sexuality, and women’s studies; she is also a member of the College Honors Program. She is the sixth student from Holy Cross to earn a Truman Scholarship.

The deaf studies program has been a central part of Mousley’s Holy Cross experience. She volunteers at Our Deaf Survivors Center, a Worcester nonprofit for deaf victims of domestic violence, and is also a teacher’s assistant at the Marie Philip School for the Deaf in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Mousley spent her spring 2016 semester studying at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., the only liberal arts university for deaf and hard of hearing students in the world, and also worked part time as a personal research assistant to a cognitive neuroscientist who researches visual language and learning.

Mousley’s future research goals involve studying the neuroscience of language, applying that research to the education of deaf and hard-of-hearing (HoH) children and informing education policies for deaf and HoH children.

Mousley’s goals in science and deaf studies make her unique among typical Truman Scholarship recipients.

“Instead of the more traditional political service or the now-popular social entrepreneurship that characterizes many Truman winners, Victoria will be a neuroscientist who works on deaf studies and language acquisition to influence educational policy,” says Anthony Cashman, director of the Office of Distinguished Fellowships and Graduate Students. “Victoria will most likely pursue her Ph.D. in neuroscience at Gallaudet, but she could use her scholarship to combine her Ph.D. with a degree in public policy. With her talents and accomplishments, Victoria will have many options to serve the common good.” ■

—Jessica Kennedy