April 25. 2015 9:37PM

Hampstead Academy alum Jake Levin wins Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Jacob Levin, a political science and philosophy major at Brooklyn College, is among 58 college juniors to win the 2015 Harry S. Truman Scholarship, which carries a $30,000 grant toward tuition for his graduate studies. "It's great to be recognized for an interest in public service and this will be a very valuable credential," said Levin, who plans to pursue a law degree. "Being a part of the Truman community will also be incredibly valuable because I get to meet and bounce ideas off other people who have done what I'm interested in doing."

Levin, a Hampstead Academy alumnus, has an extensive resume that includes founding and organizing CUNY's first TEDx conference, internships with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and the New York City Mayor's Office of Veterans' Affairs, studying under retired four-star Gen. David Petraeus, and maintaining an active role within the Brooklyn College undergraduate student government, where he has served as assembly member, majority floor leader and, chairman of the academic affairs committee.

A high school internship in his home state of New Hampshire allowed Levin to work as a part-time photographer covering the 2012 presidential campaign, which included visits by President Obama, governors Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, and Sen. Rick Santorum.

"In New Hampshire, politics is the state sport," Levin says. "For a high school student, it was a very exciting atmosphere to be in."

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership.