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LSU Nominates Four Honors Students for Truman Scholarship

Four Ogden Honors College students have been selected as nominees for the nationally competitive Truman Scholarship, awarded by the Harry S. Truman Foundation. Students are 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 Truman Scholarship Foundation recognizes 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 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. Students are asked to create policy to address a current issue as part of the application process.

Drake Brignac, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a junior studying Mass Communication and Political Science. An Honors College LASAL Scholar and an active member of LSU Student Government, Brignac has volunteered with the local Parole Project, which assists incarcerated people with learning hands-on technology skills.  Building on this experience, he founded Tiger Prison Project, which coordinates service projects for LSU students to benefit prisoners and the recently released.  Drake’s policy proposal addresses discrepancies in criminal defendants’ court fees and proposes repealing legislation that directly or indirectly incentivizes harsher punishments and guilty verdicts. After graduation, Drake hopes to pursue a Juris Doctor and Master’s degree in public administration, with a concentration in criminal defense and urban and social policy.

Everett Craddock, of Lafayette, Louisiana, is a junior pursuing a degree in Environmental Engineering. As a member of the LSU Honors College and a LASAL Scholar, Everett was instrumental in founding both the Geaux Green and the LSU Water Brigades organizations. Additionally, he was a Louisiana Governor’s Fellow in which he actively participated in the operations of the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities as well as the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPR). His policy proposal focuses on creating an effective pre-disaster buyout program that keeps homeowners from getting stuck in multiple-loss homes by increasing state buyouts. After graduation, Everett plans to attend Tulane Law School where he will continue to study water resource law and pursue Tulane’s graduate certificate in Disaster Resilience Leadership.

Mia LeJeune, of Lafayette, Louisiana, is a junior pursuing a Mass Communications major and History minor. A member of the Student Art History Association, a member of the LSU Honors College, and the president of the LSU Geaux Vote initiative, Mia has also worked on John Bel Edwards’ reelection campaign, in which she served as Governor Edwards’ full-time scheduler. Her policy proposal addresses the disparate impacts of voter identification laws on marginalized communities, while suggesting an expansion of the National Voter Registration Act and advocating automatic voter registration. After graduation, Mia hopes to pursue a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School as well as a Master of Arts in Democracy and Government from Georgetown University.

Revathi Menon, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a junior pursuing a degree in International Studies.  Revathi is a member of the LSU Honors College and a LASAL Scholar, while actively participating in LSU Student Government.  She has volunteered with Project 225, and was recently awarded the Ogden Leaders Award to fund her “Highlighting Literacy” program, where Honors students work on reading activities with underserved elementary school students.  As a Governor’s Fellow with the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, Revathi sat in on rural task force meetings and proposed policy that will increase broadband adoption in Louisiana’s rural communities.  In Revathi’s policy proposal, she identifies problems with Louisiana’s imprisonment rates that disproportionately affect certain demographics and suggests implementing Racial Impact Statements to reduce Louisiana’s incarceration rate.  After graduation, Revathi intends to pursue a Juris Doctorate and Master of Public Policy degree from California Berkeley Law School.

 

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 www.hss.lsu.edu.

Manship School of Mass Communication

LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication ranks among the strongest collegiate communication programs in the country, with its robust emphasis on media and public affairs. It offers undergraduate degrees in public relations, journalism, political communication, digital advertising, and pre-law, along with four graduate degree programs: master of mass communication, Ph.D. in media and public affairs, certificate of strategic communication and dual MMC/law degree. Its public relations students were recently ranked the No. 1 team in the nation, and its digital advertising and student media teams frequently earn national recognition.  For more information on the Manship School of Mass Communication, visit www.lsu.edu/manship.

LSU College of Engineering

Founded in 1908, the LSU College of Engineering offers 11 undergraduate degree programs and confers approximately 650 bachelor’s degrees per year, ranking it in the top 10 percent nationally for graduates. Faculty members engage in education, research, and commercialization with a strategic focus on research indigenous to Louisiana: energy, manufacturing, natural & built infrastructure, computation and biotechnology. For more information about LSU's College of Engineering visit https://www.lsu.edu/eng/.

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.