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NMSU student selected as a finalist for Truman scholarship

New Mexico State University junior Jessica Carnes has been selected as a finalist for a 1999 Harry S. Truman scholarship. She is one of 200 students from across the nation selected as a finalist for the prestigious merit-based scholarship that will be awarded to approximately 65 students.


The scholarship was established by Congress in 1975 as the official federal memorial to Truman, the 33rd United States president. Recipients of the award must demonstrate outstanding community and government service, leadership abilities, academic performance and an intent to enroll in graduate school within the next four years. All winners also must be committed to careers in government, education or the non-profit sector.

If selected, Carnes will receive $3,000 for her senior year at NMSU and another $27,000 will be awarded to her when she enrolls in graduate school.

Carnes and the three other New Mexico finalists will be interviewed by a panel of distinguished men and women in Phoenix, Ariz., on March 8, University Fellowship Coordinator Wenda Trevathan said. Winners will then be announced on March 26.

Carnes said she was thrilled when she discovered she was a finalist, and as the interview date approaches, "I've alternated between feeling excited and nervous."

NMSU has had two recent Truman scholars, Kelly Neville in 1997 and Jason Ackleson in 1996. The 200 finalists for the 1999 Truman scholarships were selected from among 656 candidates nominated by 332 colleges and universities.

Carnes is an Associated Students of New Mexico State University senator for the College of Arts and Sciences, a co-founding member of Feminists Reinventing Equality Everywhere and a member of the Multicultural Student Alliance. She serves as an advocate for La Pinon Sexual Trauma Recovery Services of Southern New Mexico Inc. Carnes also co-developed and co-facilitates an empowerment and dating violence group for adolescent girls at the STAY Program in Las Cruces.

After graduation, Carnes hopes to pursue a master's of public administration degree at the Columbia University School of Public and International Affairs.

Freshmen or sophomores who think they may be eligible for the Truman scholarship should visit Wenda Trevathan at the NMSU Fellowship Office, 302 Breland Hall, or call (505) 646-3720.