Iowa State student selected as Truman Scholar


Iowa State University

Juan was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Growing up, his intense passion for leadership and service developed through his involvement with Boy Scouts (where he obtained Eagle Scout status) and his Jesuit education at Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola. In 2016, he was selected as a George Washington Carver Scholar to attend Iowa State University, where he is currently a junior studying mechanical engineering. At Iowa State, Juan is active on campus, having served in numerous student government roles, and eventually being elected as student body vice president in 2018. Juan’s passion for increasing transit accessibility led him to serve on the Ames Transit (CyRide) Board of Trustees where his leadership effected changes to improve the lives of Ames’ citizens on a daily basis. Juan hopes to pursue an MPA focused on public financial management and social policy, and a JD focused on public interest law. Ultimately, he aims to build a career in public service developing public transit and infrastructure policy that improves the quality of life for our country’s most marginalized groups.