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Honors Junior Leslie Leavoy Selected as a Truman Scholarship Finalist

LSU junior Leslie Leavoy of DeRidder, La., has been selected as a finalist for the nationally competitive Truman Scholarship, awarded by the Harry S. Truman Foundation.

Leavoy, an LSU Honors College student and political communication major in the Manship School of Mass Communication, will participate in a final interview on Friday, March 9, in Fort Worth, Texas, and scholarship winners will be announced on Friday, March 30, online at

“We are proud of Leslie’s achievements as the 15th LSU student to reach the Truman finals since the Office of Fellowship Advising was established in the Honors College, under the leadership of Dr. Drew Arms in 2005,” said Nancy Clark, Dean of the LSU Honors College. “Leslie’s future goal, which she hopes to pursue through the Truman program, is to encourage and promote civic engagement and political participation by college students such as herself. Through her participation in many activities in the Honors College, she has already set an example of service and academic excellence. We are proud of her.”

Leavoy plans to pursue an internship with the Democracy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center. As an intern, she would like to be involved in the research of promoting civility in public life — her career goal after completing graduate school. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a graduate degree in American government or democracy and governance at Georgetown University. 

Leavoy is a candidate to graduate with the Distinguished Communicator certification, which is managed by LSU Communication across the Curriculum, and her proposal for her Truman application centered on communication-intensive instruction and how it creates more engaged, informed and articulate students who translate into active voters.

“Leslie is a brilliant and vivacious young woman, and we are proud to have her in the Manship School, where she has been an inspiration to her fellow students,” said Jerry Ceppos, Dean of the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication. “She was among our students who covered the Iowa caucuses earlier this year, and she distinguished herself there as a keen and passionate observer of politics and public affairs. Her work, both in and out of the classroom, are shining examples of her commitment to service, education and leadership – the values of a Truman Scholar.”        

The Truman Scholarship seeks to identify future leaders in public service and provides funding for three years of graduate study in a field of the recipients’ choosing.  In return, Truman Scholars must agree to work in a public service field for three of seven years following completion of their postgraduate degree.

The Harry S. Truman Foundation received 587 applications from 272 colleges and universities. These applications were reviewed from Feb. 16 through Feb. 18 by the Finalist Selection Committee. The committee selected 191 candidates from 124 colleges and universities as finalists.

The Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising was created to assist students in applying for prestigious post-graduate scholarships and fellowships, such as the Truman, Rhodes, Marshall, Gates, Mitchell, Soros and Goldwater awards. Students interested in applying for these and other scholarship opportunities or for more information, contact


Story by Ernie Ballard

LSU Media Relations