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Three Ogden Honors Students Selected as Truman Finalists

Nominees advanced as finalists for prestigious scholarship

The LSU Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College is proud to announce that Sarah Corie, of Baton Rouge, La.; Joanie Lyons, of Highlands Ranch, Co.; and Chauncey Stephens, of Gonzales, La., have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Truman Scholarship.

Corie and Stephens will participate in final interviews on Monday, March 7, in Fort Worth, Texas. Lyons will interview on Friday, March 18, in Denver, Co. Truman Scholarship recipients will be announced on Friday, April 22.

“We are so proud of Sarah, Joanie, and Chauncey! To have three finalists this year for the prestigious Truman Scholarship is a significant accomplishment,” said Director of the Office of Fellowship Advising Drew Lamonica Arms. “It speaks to the meaningful service, leadership and forward thinking of LSU’s and the Honors College’s best and brightest students.”

Corie is a junior studying sociology in the LSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Lyons is a junior studying political communication in the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication; and Stephens is a senior studying elementary education in the LSU College of Education.

All three finalists are part of the Louisiana Service and Leadership (LASAL) Scholars Program, which prepares Ogden Honors College students for leadership roles in Louisiana, particularly in the fields of public service, social justice and environmental sustainability. LASAL courses emphasize a multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving and research applied to real-world issues, workplace experience and discovery. Through the LASAL program, students develop an appreciation for society’s complex problems and a passion for solving them.

“These finalists represent the best LSU and the Ogden Honors College has to offer: leadership, service and serious policy solutions to major societal problems,” said Ogden Honors College Dean Jonathan Earle.

Truman Scholars are offered up to $30,000 for graduate study and are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of their graduate work. To be eligible to apply, students must indicate a desire to work in government, education, the nonprofit sector or the public interest sector, and must have a demonstrated commitment to service. In addition, the scholarship application process requires students to create a public policy that addresses a current public issue.

To read more about the policies proposed by the finalists, visit