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2019 LSU Truman Nominees

Three Ogden Honors Students Chosen as LSU’s 2019 Truman Nominees
2019 LSU Truman Nominees

Jack Green, Amanda Husein, Sarah Terraciano

Baton Rouge – Three Ogden Honors College students have been selected as LSU’s nominees for the nationally competitive Truman Scholarship, awarded by the Harry S. Truman Foundation. Students must be selected through an internal competition at LSU, and each four-year college can nominate up to four students to compete nationally.

The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to the 33rd president. The mission of the Truman Scholarship Foundation is to recognize college students with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in public service; and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service. 

Truman Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a foundation-funded graduate degree program as a condition of their receiving Truman funds. Part of the application process is for the students to create policy to address a current issue.

Jack Green, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, is a junior studying Applied Coastal Environmental Science and Political Science. An Honors College LASAL Scholar and an active member of LSU Student Government, Jack volunteers with Project 225 and has interned with the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities to advocate for funding for coastal projects. He is also a student researcher in LSU’s Chemical Oceanography Lab, studying the effects of hurricanes on sea floor composition. In his policy proposal, Jack focuses on the effect of the 2017 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan on coastal areas and local properties. After graduation, Jack hopes to pursue a master’s in public administration, with a concentration in Environmental Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton. 

Amanda Husein, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, is a junior, pursuing dual degrees in Biological Sciences and French Studies. An Honors College Advocate and Vice President of Students for Justice in Palestine, Amanda currently works in a research lab at LSU studying genetics, specifically in the field of epigenetics. In addition, she is the Vice President of the Global Brigades Medical/Dental Chapter at LSU and has traveled to Honduras on a medical mission trip. Her policy proposal focuses on increased funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Palestinian areas. After graduation, Amanda plans to attend Boston University School of Medicine, where she will enroll in their Combined Medical/Public Health Program in pursuit of a joint medical degree and master’s in public health degree.

Sarah Terracciano, of Shreveport, Louisiana, is an International Studies major in her junior year. A LASAL Scholar and the Co-President of Students for Justice in Palestine, Sarah has also been committed to tutoring and mentoring for many years, serving as an English Language Learner (ELL) tutor at McKinley High School and a tutor and translator at the Gardere Initiative. Her policy proposal focuses on the need for the Louisiana Department of Education to implement more and better programs for ELL. After graduation, Sarah intends to pursue a master’s in public affairs, with a concentration in domestic policy, from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.


The Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College
The Ogden Honors College, established in 1992, is a vibrant, diverse and prestigious community located at the heart of LSU. The Ogden Honors College provides students with a curriculum of rigorous seminar classes, as well as opportunities for undergraduate research, culminating in the Honors Thesis. Its focus on community service, study abroad, internships and independent research helps today’s high-achieving students become tomorrow’s leaders.  

LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) 
The College of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) offers a diverse range of courses, minors, and degree programs that are critical to success in today’s global market. Students, faculty, and staff are visionary leaders in their respective fields, a tradition of excellence that began with the College’s inception in 1908. For more information on the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, visit

LSU College of Science 
The LSU College of Science is an international leader in scientific research and instruction, elevating LSU to the highest level of excellence among major research universities in the U.S. and abroad. The college consists of five academic departments including biological sciences, chemistry, geology and geophysics, mathematics, and physics and astronomy, and the LSU Museum of Natural Science. Seven major fields of study and more than 20 concentrations are available to students interested in pursuing a science major at LSU. For more information on LSU’s College of Science, visit

LSU College of the Coast & Environment
With a coastal legacy dating back three-quarters of a century, LSU’s College of the Coast & Environment, or CC&E, is at the forefront of today’s most pressing coastal and environmental issues. The college equips graduates with the multidisciplinary tools needed to address real-world coastal and environmental challenges. Our global research leads to a better understanding of the causes and impacts (unanticipated, forecasted, and actual) of these challenges and advances restoration strategies.

About the Office of Fellowship Advising
The Ogden Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising advises current students and recent graduates from all colleges at LSU as they apply for prestigious national and international fellowships.

About Louisiana Service and Leadership (LASAL)
Louisiana Service and Leadership — LASAL is an Ogden Honors College program that empowers students to solve chronic local problems. LASAL Scholars are a select group of Honors students who are passionate about solving Louisiana's problems, from coastal erosion to poverty, education to health care.