CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
UI student named finalist in competition for 1998 Truman Scholarships
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jesse Linebaugh, a University of Iowa junior, is
one of eight students from Iowa to be selected as a regional finalist for
the prestigious Truman Scholarship. Linebaugh was selected from among 676
candidates nationwide who were nominated for the award by their universities.
Linebaugh will travel to Minneapolis March 16 to interview for the award,
which carries a $30,000 stipend for use during the final year of undergraduate
study and up to three years of graduate school. The Truman Scholarship
Foundation was founded by Congress in 1975 as the official federal memorial
to honor President Harry S. Truman. The Foundation awards scholarships
annually to students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere
in public service and wish to attend graduate school to help prepare for
Linebaugh, a Business Management and Organizations major with minors
in English and political science, has had his sights set on the Truman
Scholarship since his days at Ottumwa High School, where he was a member
of the Class of 1995. He said his public service interest centers around
"public policy that is created on behalf of families and children,"
and he would like to attend graduate school to pursue a joint degree in
public policy and law.
Linebaugh is quick to credit others for their assistance in his reaching
this point in the scholarship competition. "The scholarship application
process is long and grueling and it would be impossible to complete without
the help of the Shambaugh Honors House and Marlena Corcoran," assistant
director of the UI Honors Program and the UI Truman faculty representative,
Linebaugh said. He also noted support and encouragement from UI political
science professors Cary Covington and Douglas Madsen, management and organizations
professor Murray Barrick, and psychology professor Peter Nathan as well
as Joseph Scalzo, superintendent of the Ottumwa Community School District.
"Without their help, I wouldn't have been able to finish the scholarship
application, let alone be a finalist. They deserve all of the credit,"
Also interviewing in Minneapolis on the same day as Linebaugh will be
students from Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. All 193 finalists
will compete for up to 75 scholarships available this year. Scholars are
chosen on the basis of leadership potential, communications skills, intellectual
strength, analytical ability, and likelihood of "making a difference"
in public service.
(Editors note: Linebaugh will officially receive his Truman Scholarship
Finalist Certificate from University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman
at a special presentation in the president's office Wednesday, March 11
at 1:30 p.m. Photos of Linebaugh are available from University News Services
by request. Contact Mary Geraghty, 384-0011. A complete list of 1998 finalists
is available on the Truman Foundation Website http://www.truman.gov/finalis.htm)