Grand Strategy Student J.T. Flowers receives John T. Schroeder Award

May 20, 2016

J.T. Flowers received a John T. Schroeder Award from the Yale Council of the Heads of Colleges. His citation reads:

“JaVaughn (J.T.) Flowers (Pierson College)has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to altruism and social service during his time at Yale. Off campus, he has studied abroad first in Paris and later in Morocco, where he served as a youth coordinator for La Fondation Orient-Occident, leading advocacy workshops and other programs for asylum-seekers and refugees. He subsequently built on that international experience as a fellow of the Peace and Dialogue Leadership Initiative, a two-week program in Israel/Palestine led by professors at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. On campus, his leadership has come to expression in the Yale Black Men’s Union, the Yale College Black Pre-Law Association, and the Afro-American Cultural Center, where he has served as a peer liaison. J.T. has also been a tour guide for the Undergraduate Admissions Office, a counselor for Cultural Connections (the pre-orientation program for incoming students focusing on race, class, and gender), and a policymaker for the Financial Aid Task Force (a team commissioned to address issues pertaining to Yale’s financial aid policies). In addition, he is the founder and president of A Leg Even, a nonprofit that he established as means to advocate for the academic and professional success of low-income students. Next year, he will serve as a freshman counselor in Pierson College, and he has recently been honored as a 2016 Harry S. Truman Scholar. For all these reasons, J. T. Flowers is an eminently worthy recipient of the John C. Schroeder Award.”

J.T. Flowers was also recently named one of Business Insider’s “13 of the Most Impressive Students at Yale Right Now.” Congratulations, J.T.!