FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2005
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Birmingham-Southern College student Webb Lyons of Centre is a finalist for a prestigious 2005 Harry S. Truman Scholarship.
Lyons, a junior political science major, will interview in Nashville, Tenn., March 11 to compete for the scholarship.
Truman Scholars receive $30,000 awards—up to $15,000 each year for the first and second years of 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 federal agencies.
A Cherokee County High School graduate, Lyons plans to pursue a public service career advocating against social injustice after completing a doctorate in government and social policy. At Birmingham-Southern College, he is active in the Distinction in Leadership Studies Program, Student Government Association, Service Learning, and Young Democrats.
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 the Leadership Studies Program of Birmingham-Southern's Hess Center for Leadership and Service, is the college's faculty advisor for the Truman Scholars program.