Truman Scholars receive $30,000 awards—up to $15,000 each year for the first two 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.
The scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit to junior-level students at four-year colleges and universities who have extensive records of public and community service, are committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service, and have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills.
Lyons plans to pursue a public service career as an advocate against social injustice after completing a doctorate in government and social policy. At Birmingham-Southern, he is active in the Leadership Studies and Service Learning programs and Young Democrats.
More than 600 students from 299 colleges and universities were nominated for 2005 Truman Scholarships. Some 237 finalists from 152 institutions were interviewed in early March by regional selection panels, which typically included a university president, a federal judge, a distinguished public servant, and a past Truman Scholarship winner, among others.