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Ogden Honors Junior Jack Green Named Truman Scholarship Finalist

Baton Rouge – LSU Ogden Honors College junior Jack Green of Lake Charles, La., has been selected as a finalist for the nationally competitive Truman Scholarship, awarded by the Harry S. Truman Foundation.

Green, studying Applied Coastal Environmental Science and Political Science, will participate in a final interview on Friday, March 4, in Austin, Texas, and scholarship winners will be announced on April 17, online at www.truman.gov.

“We are so pleased the Truman Foundation has recognized Jack’s exceptional work at LSU in making the campus more environmentally-conscious and friendly,” Dr. Drew Lamonica Arms, director of fellowship advising at Ogden Honors College, said. “Jack’s commitment to a career in public service in Louisiana, especially given the state’s needs for policy solutions to coastal land loss, sea level rise, and pollution, is to be applauded. We wish him all the best as he interviews for the Truman Scholarship in Austin." 

Green is an Ogden Honors College LASAL (Louisiana Service and Leadership) Scholar and an active member of LSU Student Government where he serves as a student senator for the College of Coast and Environment and chairs the campus affairs and sustainability committee. Over the past three years, Green has advocated for waste-to-landfill reduction projects, with his efforts resulting in the reduction of tons of greenhouse gas emissions around campus. He also volunteers with Project 225, a program that offers Ogden Honors students the opportunity to get involved with the community through long-term service. Green 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 proposes creating a Louisiana state chief resilience officer position. 

“If chosen as a Truman scholar, I intend to utilize that network to meet and communicate with dozens of intelligent scholars across the nation who share my passion for public service and creating change,” Green said. “I hope to use the scholarship to pursue a master’s in public policy with a focus in Environmental Policy from Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton in order to pursue a career working in government.”

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 840 applications from 346 colleges and universities. The committee selected 199 candidates from 143 colleges and universities as finalists.

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.

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.