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LSU Honors Junior Marlee Pittman Awarded Prestigious Truman Scholarship

LSU Honors Junior Marlee Pittman Awarded Prestigious Truman Scholarship

LSU Honors junior & Truman Scholar Marlee Pittman

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation has announced that LSU junior Marlee Pittman of Baton Rouge has been awarded the prestigious Truman Scholarship. Approximately 60 Truman Scholarships are awarded nationwide annually.

“We are excited to learn that Marlee Pittman has received the 2014 Truman Scholarship,” said LSU President & Chancellor F. King Alexander. “This is a well-deserved honor for her, and we look forward to seeing where this will take her career. She has shown once again that LSU students are competitive on a national and international stage by becoming our ninth Truman Scholar since 2003, which is a testament to the great students, faculty and staff we have at LSU.”

Pittman is an LSU Honors College student and political science major with a concentration in global diplomacy and minors in economics, international studies, and history.  During her time at LSU, she has founded the International Relations Club and has been a delegate to numerous international relations conferences. She has studied abroad in Shanghai and Malaysia and has taught English in rural Aceh, Indonesia.

“We’re excited by the news that Marlee has been selected for this prestigious award,” said William A. Clark, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science. “She’s been a standout student in political science for the past three years and, given the focus of Truman Scholars on public service, we’re sure to hear more great things from her after she leaves LSU.”

Pittman expects to graduate in May 2015, after which she hopes to pursue graduate studies in public policy and Southeast Asian studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She hopes to ultimately work for the State Department in policy formation, with a focus on Islamic relations and economic development in Southeast Asia.

“I am very honored to have been recognized by the Truman Foundation and by their faith in my ability to achieve my goals,” Pittman said. “After studying Islam and volunteering with students in underdeveloped provinces like Aceh, Indonesia, I saw how U.S. foreign policy can help us build positive international relationships and prevent future conflicts, and how that policy can aid economic development in Southeast Asia. The opportunities granted by the Truman Foundation will enable me to go further in my goal of working for the United States to these ends.”

Truman Scholarships offer recipients up to $30,000 for graduate study. Truman Scholars also receive enhanced access to prestigious graduate institutions and can participate in various Truman Foundation public service leadership programs. Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of their graduate work. The scholarship application process requires students to create a public policy that addresses a current issue.

“LSU should be extremely proud of Marlee in this recognition of her extraordinary accomplishments, both as a scholar and in terms of her broader interests,” said Honors College Dean Nancy Clark. “We know that our students are among the best and brightest in the entire country, and this award bears testimony to that fact.”

Pittman joins LSU’s eight previous Truman Scholars, all but one of whom were LSU Honors College students. In 2013, LSU was the only public university in the country to have two Truman Scholars recognized. Eight of LSU’s nine Truman Scholarships have been awarded since the LSU Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising was created in 2005.

“What a wonderful recognition of Marlee’s extraordinary undergraduate career and commitment to a life in public service,” said Drew Lamonica Arms, director of fellowship advising at the Honors College. “Her knowledge of Southeast Asia is incredibly impressive, and I have no doubt she will be a significant agent of positive change there. The Truman Scholarship is a well-deserved reward for her efforts thus far and an amazing opportunity to do great things in the future.”

“I want to thank the Honors College and Dr. Drew Arms for her unwavering support throughout this process, as well as LSU’s Political Science Department and International Studies Program,” Pittman said. “The amazing faculty at LSU have continually encouraged me to expand my knowledge and experience through challenging course work, research, and study abroad. None of this would have been possible without their help.”

The Truman Foundation was founded in 1975 as a memorial to the nation’s 33rd President, Harry S. Truman. Its mission is to support the graduate education and professional development of undergraduate students who are committed to public service leadership and who have the potential to act as “change agents” for the public good.

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