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Millsaps College Junior Awarded Prestigious Truman Scholarship

by Web on April 12, 2017

Noah Barbieri, a junior at Millsaps College, has been selected as a Truman Scholar. Barbieri is a native of Belden, Mississippi and is majoring in economics, mathematics, and philosophy. He is scheduled to graduate from Millsaps in May 2018. He is only the second Millsaps student in the history of the College, and one of only 62 students in the nation this year, to be named a Truman Scholar. 

Barbieri plans to pursue a PhD in economics with the support provided by the Truman Scholarship.

“This scholarship reinforces what we already knew about Noah, that he embodies a true passion for learning and has a tremendous future ahead of him,” said Dr. Robert W. Pearigen, president of Millsaps College. “He has been a strong presence on the Millsaps campus, and we couldn’t be more proud of him and what he has accomplished here.”

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation was created by Congress in 1975 to be the nation’s living memorial to President Harry S. Truman. The Foundation has a mission to select and support the next generation of public service leaders. The Truman award has become one of the most prestigious national scholarships in the United States.

"It still feels surreal that I have been chosen as a Truman Scholar,” Barbieri said. “I am thankful for the scholarship money and the doors the scholarship will open at top graduate programs around the world, but I am most looking forward to being a part of the Truman Scholar Community and working on changing the world with them. I would like to thank my parents and Millsaps College for all of their support and encouragement over the years. I could not have done it without them."

Millsaps’ first Truman Scholar was Kenneth Townsend, class of 2004, who now serves as executive director of the Institute for Civic and Professional Engagement at Millsaps and chairs the Fellowships Committee.

“Few students I have ever taught work as hard or care as much as Noah,” said Townsend. “I’m delighted now to call him a fellow Truman Scholar. He is in for an adventure!”

Annually, candidates for the Truman Scholarship go through a rigorous, multi-stage selection process. In 2017, there were 768 candidates for the award nominated by 315 colleges and universities, a record number of institutions. The 199 finalists for the award were interviewed in March and early April at one of sixteen regional selection panels. They will receive their awards in a ceremony at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum on Sunday, May 28, 2017.

Recipients of the Truman Scholarship receive a $30,000 scholarship toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in professional development programming to help prepare them for careers in public service leadership.