A McKinley Senior High school graduate and East Ascension High graduate are two of three LSU Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College students named as finalists for the Truman Scholarship.

Sara Corie, of Baton Rouge; Chauncey Stephens, of Gonzales; and Joanie Lyons, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, were recently named finalists for the program.

Corie and Stephens will participate in final interviews on Monday in Fort Worth, Texas. Lyons will interview on March 18 in Denver.

Truman Scholarship recipients will be announced on April 22.

“We are so proud of Sarah, Joanie and Chauncey,” said Director of the Office of Fellowship Advising Drew Lamonica Arms. “To have three finalists this year for the prestigious Truman Scholarship is a significant accomplishment.

“It speaks to the meaningful service, leadership and forward thinking of LSU’s and the Honors College’s best and brightest students,” Arms said.

The three finalists are part of the Louisiana Service and Leadership Scholars Program, which prepares Ogden Honors College students for leadership roles in Louisiana, particularly in the fields of public service, social justice and environmental sustainability.

LASAL courses emphasize a multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving and research applied to real-world issues, workplace experience and discovery.

Through the LASAL program, students develop an appreciation for society’s complex problems and a passion for solving them.

“These finalists represent the best LSU and the Ogden Honors College has to offer: leadership, service and serious policy solutions to major societal problems,” said Ogden Honors College Dean Jonathan Earle.

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 their graduate work. 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. In addition, the scholarship application process requires students to create a public policy that addresses a current public issue.