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Three Ogden Students Selected as Finalists for the Truman Scholarship

Baton Rouge – Three Ogden Honors College students were selected as finalists for the Truman Scholarship. Everett Craddock, Mia LeJeune, and Revathi Menon will interview on Wednesday, March 3 for a chance to be named a Truman Scholar. 

This year, the Truman Foundation received 845 applications from 328 colleges and universities—a record number of applicants.  Students were chosen based on their records of leadership, public service, and academic achievement.  The Truman Finalist Selection Committee selected 193 finalists from 129 colleges and universities.  The 2021 Class of Truman Scholars will be announced by 5:00 pm EST on April 14th, 2021.

“We are thrilled the Truman Foundation recognized three of our candidates as finalists,” said Dr. Drew Lamonica Arms, Associate Dean of the Ogden Honors College, who worked with each of the candidates in preparing their applications.  “Everett, Mia, and Reva represent all of the finalists for the state of Louisiana – a singular achievement for the Honors College and LSU.  Each of them has developed a unique path of service while at LSU, and we wish them the best in the interview phase of the 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 a foundation-funded graduate degree program as a condition of their receiving Truman funds.  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.  Additionally, students are asked to create policy to address a current issue as part of the application process. 

Everett Craddock, of Lafayette, Louisiana, is a junior pursuing a degree in Environmental Engineering. As a LASAL Scholar, Everett was instrumental in founding both the Geaux Green and the LSU Water Brigades organizations. Additionally, he was a Louisiana Governor’s Fellow and participated in the operations of the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities as well as the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. His policy proposal focuses on creating an effective pre-disaster buyout program that keeps homeowners from getting stuck in multiple-loss homes by increasing state buyouts. After graduation, Everett hopes to continue to study water resource law and pursue Tulane University’s graduate certificate in Disaster Resilience Leadership.

Mia LeJeune, of Lafayette, Louisiana, is pursuing a Mass Communications major and History minor. President of the LSU Geaux Vote initiative, Mia has also worked on John Bel Edwards’ reelection campaign, in which she served as Governor Edwards’ full-time scheduler.  She is currently campaigning for Student Government President.  Her policy proposal addresses the disparate impacts of voter identification laws on marginalized communities, while suggesting an expansion of the National Voter Registration Act and advocating automatic voter registration. After graduation, Mia hopes to go to law school.

Revathi Menon, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a junior pursuing a degree in International Studies.  A LASAL Scholar, she has volunteered with Project 225, and was recently awarded the Ogden Leaders Award to fund her “Highlighting Literacy” program, where honors students work on reading activities with underserved elementary school students.  As a Governor’s Fellow with the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, Revathi proposed policy that will increase broadband adoption in Louisiana’s rural communities.  In Revathi’s Truman proposal, she suggests implementing Racial Impact Statements to reduce Louisiana’s incarceration rate.  After graduation, Revathi intends to pursue a Juris Doctorate and Master of Public Policy degree


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.  

Truman Scholarship Foundation

The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to the 33rd president. The Truman Scholarship Foundation recognizes college students with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education, or elsewhere in public service; and provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.

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.