8 Manship student nominated for Ogden Honors College Truman Scholarship


The LSU Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College has nominated four Ogden Honors students for the prestigious Truman Scholarship. Sarah Corie, Zachary Faircloth, Joan Lyons and Chauncey Stephens will compete with students from universities across the country for the chance to be named a 2016 Truman Scholar. Students must be selected through an internal competition at LSU in order to compete for the scholarship.


“Each of these four nominees would make fabulous Truman Scholars,” said Ogden Honors College Dean Jonathan Earle. “They represent the best LSU and the Ogden Honors College has to offer: leadership, service and serious policy solutions to major societal problems.”


“It’s been an incredibly rewarding process working with these four dedicated ‘change agents,’” said Drew Lamonica Arms, director of the Ogden Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising. “They’ve worked hard to refine their graduate and career plans and present compelling policy proposals. They are also clearly four of the most dedicated service-leaders at LSU. We wish them all the best as they compete; they are the best! I couldn’t be more proud of their effort in the Truman Scholarship competition.


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. Only 55 to 65 Truman Scholars are selected each year from over 600 applications.


Joan Lyons, of Highlands Ranch, Co., is a junior studying political communication in the Manship School of Mass Communication. Lyons’ policy proposal tackles cycling and pedestrian safety, suggesting that public universities across the country require their students to take an assessment-based program to educate students on those topics.


“Because students come from all across the country and the world to different universities, education would help enforce policies and create safer roads,” Lyons said. “I have already started the process of creating the assessment at LSU. Since Louisiana has the third-most cyclist and pedestrian deaths per capita in the country, this assessment could prove to be pivotal in minimizing accidents.”


As a student at LSU, Lyons has been involved in numerous areas of leadership and service. She is a student government representative in multiple facets, Ogden Honors College LASAL Scholar, an Ogden Honors College Advocate, a Manship Ambassador, a Tiger Transition Team mentor, a Sole Sisters mentor for the Girls on the Run program, a Volunteer in Public Schools Reading Friend, a Habitat for Humanity volunteer and a St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn Social Media Chair and Sponsorship Chair.


“My service [at LSU] has specifically shaped me to who I am today and what I hope to continue to do for a career. Service to others has always been a number one priority in my life, but LSU’s broad array of ways to get involved with the LSU community and beyond has shown me how much of an impact service can make no matter where you serve.”


After graduation, Lyons plans to attend law school and pursue a master’s degree in public policy.


Nine Truman Scholarship have been awarded to LSU students since the Ogden Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising was created in 2005. The Office advises current students and recent graduates from all colleges at LSU as they apply for prestigious national and international fellowships. Students interested in applying for a Truman Scholarship may contact Drew Lamonica Arms, director of the Office of Fellowship Advising, at fellowship@lsu.edu.


The Truman Foundation was founded in 1975 as a memorial to the nation’s 33rd President, Harry S. Truman. Its mission is to support the graduate education and professional development of undergraduate students who are committed to public service leadership and who have the potential to act as “change agents” for the public good.


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.


For more information contact:

Contact Allison Howell
Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College