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Casey Brayton, a resident of Irmo, South Carolina, and a junior in the South Carolina Honors College at the University of South Carolina, has been named a national Truman Scholar Finalist.

Highly competitive and prestigious, the $30,000 Truman Scholarship is awarded annually to approximately 60 juniors nationally who exemplify superior academic ability, service and leadership and who plan for a career in public service.

Brayton is among 194 finalists named this year. Truman Scholars will be announced April 18.

Brayton, a marine science and mathematics major with a minor in geography, is the Solomon Blatt Carolina Scholar in the S.C. Honors College. She is the daughter of Juliet and Clark Brayton of Irmo and a graduate of Dutch Fork High School.

In 2017, she was named a NOAA Hollings Scholar and a Udall Scholar. She also is a Palmetto Fellow and a Lieber Scholar and 2017 Traci J. Heincelman awardee at the university.

As an emerging researcher, she has conducted research with Alexander Yankovsky, a professor in earth, ocean and environment at Carolina, and through a summer research experience for undergraduates with Scripps in 2017. This summer will conduct research with NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab.

As a student leader, Brayton is founder and president of Women in Geosciences and served as co-chair and chair-elect of the Marine Technology Society and vice present of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. She is a member of Students Engaged in Aquatic Sciences (SEAS).

Brayton plans to attend graduate school and pursue a doctorate in physical oceanography as she pursues her career goal of research and public policy work in a NOAA research lab.

The University of South Carolina has had seven Truman Scholars, including Jory Fleming (2016), Asma Jaber (2007), Thomas Scott (2006), Jeremy Wolfe (2004) and Lara Bratcher (2003). The university’s Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs advises and supports students competing for national fellowships.

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