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March 9, 2004

Birmingham-Southern College student named 2004 Truman Scholarship finalist

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College student Joshua Burgess of Arley is a 2004 finalist for the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship.

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 Birmingham-Southern College, 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.


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