LSU student named a Truman Scholar

LSU junior Marlee Pittman, of Baton Rouge, has been awarded the nationally prestigious Truman Scholarship.

The scholarship is given to students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership potential and a commitment to public service.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards about 60 Truman Scholarships every year.

Truman Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following the completion of a foundation-funded graduate degree program.

Pittman, according to a news release, is an LSU Honors College student and political science major with a concentration in global diplomacy. She has studied abroad in Shanghai and Malaysia and has taught English in Indonesia, the news release says.

Pittman is expected to graduate in May 2015. Her plan is to pursue graduate studies in public policies and Southeast Asian studies at the University of Michigan. One day, she hopes to work on policy at the U.S. State Department.