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LSU Honors College Students Selected as Truman Scholarship Finalists

Reggie Galjour, Joel Raborn and Devon Wade, have been selected as finalists for the nationally competitive Harry S Truman Scholarship.  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 3 of 7 years following completion of their postgraduate degree. 

Reggie, a French major in the LSU Honors College, plans to dedicate her career to eradicating racial, gender, and ethnic discrimination in the legal system.  She hopes to one day work for the Southern Poverty Law Center, and help improve Louisiana’s educational system.  Reggie strongly believes that every citizen should have a basic understanding of the legal system.

Joel is a Biological Sciences major in the LSU Honors College.  He plans to pursue a medical degree, and hopes to help improve the quality of medical care for all Americans.  Joel has worked extensively with the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center and the Baton Rouge Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) Team.  He has also worked as a East Baton Rouge EMS First Responder and harvested corneas for transplant with the Baton Rouge Regional Eye Bank during his time at LSU. 

Devon majors in Sociology, with concentrations in Criminology and African & African-American Studies.  He serves as a veteran representative and mentor for the organization No More Victims, Inc. (NMVI), which aids children of incarcerated parents.  Devon hopes to use his personal and academic experiences to expand public awareness of the struggles of these children, and further sociological understanding of the cycle that often leads these children to follow their parents into incarceration.

This year, 176 finalists from 122 colleges and universities were chosen from a pool of 576 applicants.  Devon, Reggie, and Joel are the only finalists selected from the state of Louisiana.  They are helping continue what has become a remarkable tradition – the LSU Honors College has produced a Truman Scholar for 5 of the past 7 years.

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