Half Moon Bay-based university student Emma Tobin was awarded three prestigious scholarships in international relations.
One of these awards, the Truman Scholarship, is a highly competitive, merit-based award of $30,000 toward graduate studies in preparation for a career in public service.
Tobin also received a Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to study Arabic in Morocco and a Boren Award to study Urdu in India.
Tobin is a double major in diplomacy and philosophy at the Seton Hall University School of Diplomacy and International Relations in South Orange, N.J. Her parents, Bernie and Lisa Tobin, moved to Half Moon Bay in the summer of 2015, the year their daughter graduated from high school.
Growing up, Tobin and her family lived internationally and moved frequently with her father’s career in biotech. She has traveled to 42 countries and is fluent in both English and Arabic. Between high school and college, Tobin took a gap year in Southeast Asia and Morocco, where she worked with street children, genocide survivors and sexually trafficked women.
She plans to use her Truman Award to pursue a master’s degree in international development with a focus on promoting gender equality.