04/16/2014 04:01 PM
BATON ROUGE – The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation has announced that LSU junior
Marlee Pittman of Baton Rouge has been awarded the prestigious Truman Scholarship.
Approximately 60 Truman Scholarships are awarded nationwide annually.
“We are excited to learn that Marlee Pittman has received the 2014 Truman Scholarship,”
said LSU President & Chancellor F. King Alexander. “This is a well-deserved honor
for her, and we look forward to seeing where this will take her career. She has shown
once again that LSU students are competitive on a national and international stage
by becoming our ninth Truman Scholar since 2003, which is a testament to the great
students, faculty and staff we have at LSU.”
Pittman is an LSU Honors College student and political science major with a concentration
in global diplomacy and minors in economics, international studies, and history. During
her time at LSU, she has founded the International Relations Club and has been a delegate
to numerous international relations conferences. She has studied abroad in Shanghai
and Malaysia and has taught English in rural Aceh, Indonesia.
“We’re excited by the news that Marlee has been selected for this prestigious award,”
said William A. Clark, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science.
“She’s been a standout student in political science for the past three years and,
given the focus of Truman Scholars on public service, we’re sure to hear more great
things from her after she leaves LSU.”
Pittman expects to graduate in May 2015, after which she hopes to pursue graduate
studies in public policy and Southeast Asian studies at the University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor. She hopes to ultimately work for the State Department in policy formation,
with a focus on Islamic relations and economic development in Southeast Asia.
“I am very honored to have been recognized by the Truman Foundation and by their faith
in my ability to achieve my goals,” Pittman said. “After studying Islam and volunteering
with students in underdeveloped provinces like Aceh, Indonesia, I saw how U.S. foreign
policy can help us build positive international relationships and prevent future conflicts,
and how that policy can aid economic development in Southeast Asia. The opportunities
granted by the Truman Foundation will enable me to go further in my goal of working
for the United States to these ends.”
Truman Scholarships offer recipients up to $30,000 for graduate study. Truman Scholars
also receive enhanced access to prestigious graduate institutions and can participate
in various Truman Foundation public service leadership programs. Scholars are required
to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of their
graduate work. The scholarship application process requires students to create a public
policy that addresses a current issue.
“LSU should be extremely proud of Marlee in this recognition of her extraordinary
accomplishments, both as a scholar and in terms of her broader interests,” said Honors
College Dean Nancy Clark. “We know that our students are among the best and brightest
in the entire country, and this award bears testimony to that fact.”
Pittman joins LSU’s eight previous Truman Scholars, all but one of whom were LSU Honors
College students. In 2013, LSU was the only public university in the country to have
two Truman Scholars recognized. Eight of LSU’s nine Truman Scholarships have been
awarded since the LSU Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising was created in
“What a wonderful recognition of Marlee’s extraordinary undergraduate career and commitment
to a life in public service,” said Drew Lamonica Arms, director of fellowship advising
at the Honors College. “Her knowledge of Southeast Asia is incredibly impressive,
and I have no doubt she will be a significant agent of positive change there. The
Truman Scholarship is a well-deserved reward for her efforts thus far and an amazing
opportunity to do great things in the future.”
“I want to thank the Honors College and Dr. Drew Arms for her unwavering support throughout
this process, as well as LSU’s Political Science Department and International Studies
Program,” Pittman said. “The amazing faculty at LSU have continually encouraged me
to expand my knowledge and experience through challenging course work, research, and
study abroad. None of this would have been possible without their help.”
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 LSU Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising assists students in applying for prestigious undergraduate and post-graduate fellowships and scholarships. For more information about our fellowship advising resources, or to schedule an appointment, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014