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WMU student named Truman Scholarship finalist

March 16, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Jacqueline Luedtke, a Western Michigan University junior from Frankfort, Mich., has been named a finalist in the prestigious Truman Scholarship competition and has an opportunity to win up to $30,000 to support her future graduate school studies.

Luedtke, a communication major and a member of WMU's Lee Honors College, was named one of 176 students from across the nation who are finalists in the competition to determine the winners of roughly 60 scholarships awarded annually. The students selected as finalists by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation were chosen based on their commitment to public service, record of leadership, and likelihood of success in the graduate school programs proposed.

Luedtke and her fellow finalists will now move to the interview phase of the competition, which will take place late this month in cities around the nation. This year's scholarship winners will be announced March 30.

Just six Michigan students were selected to move to the final level of competition. The home schools of the other Michigan students are: Alma College, Michigan State University, Northwestern University and the U.S. Military Academy.

The Truman Scholarship, developed as a living memorial to the nation's 33rd president, provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection. The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awarded its first scholarships in the 1977-78 academic year.

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Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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