FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2004
College student Joshua Burgess of Arley is a 2004 finalist for
the prestigious Harry S.
Burgess, a junior history major, will interview in Washington,
D.C., March 19 to compete for the scholarship.
Truman Scholars receive $30,000 awards—$3,000
for the senior year and $27,000 for graduate study. Scholars
also receive priority admission and supplemental
financial aid at several graduate institutions nationwide, in addition to
leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and
special internship opportunities
with the federal government.
A Meek High School graduate, Burgess plans
to pursue a public service career in criminal law after completing
law school. At
he is active on the Honors Council and in the Distinction in Leadership Studies
Program and was the organizer of the college's annual Model Senate
in 2003. He also participated in British Studies at Oxford last year.
The Truman Scholarship Foundation was
established in 1975 by Congress as the official memorial to the
nation's 33rd president. Located in Washington,
D.C., the foundation awards scholarships to college students to attend graduate
school in preparation for careers in government or other public service.
Jeanne Jackson, director of Birmingham-Southern's
Hess Center for Leadership and Service, is the college's
faculty advisor for the Truman Scholars program.