Newark Academy alumnus Cosimo Fabrizio '18 was named a 2021 Truman Scholar for New Jersey! The Truman Scholarship is considered the premier graduate scholarship for students who intend to enter governmental work or public service in the United States.
Students were nominated by their institution based on their records of leadership, public service, and academic achievement. This year’s scholars include 62 college students representing 51 U.S. colleges and universities. They were selected from 845 candidates nominated by 328 colleges and universities. Each Truman Scholar receives funding for graduate studies, leadership training, career counseling, and special internship and fellowship opportunities within the federal government.
Cosimo currently studies economics and government at Cornell University and intends to pursue a joint JD/MPP degree and work to elevate the integrity of our nation’s justice system. Guided by his conviction that that the best way to shape the future is to educate and nurture young people, he has worked under Bryan Stevenson at the Equal Justice Initiative and currently works with the New Jersey Public Defender’s Appellate Division on behalf of juveniles who have received unjust sentences. On campus, Cosimo works with law professors on The Re-Entry Project to improve resource access for formerly incarcerated individuals in Tompkins County, co-founded the Cornell Criminal Justice Coalition, and is a Cornell Tradition Fellow. He is also the co-founder and president of rapStudy, an ed-tech start-up helping thousands of children learn via music throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Both rapStudy and his criminal justice advocacy have been inspired by his experiences in jazz: Cosimo has been a featured guitarist at Jazz at Lincoln Center while attending Newark Academy.