Graduates from East Ascension and McKinley high schools 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, recently were 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 Fellowship Advising Office Director 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.”

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.

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, 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 public issue.