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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 their careers.

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," Linebaugh said.

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