Two LSU students Truman Scholars

Two LSU juniors have won the nationally competitive Truman Scholarship awards given to students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership potential and a commitment to public service.

As winners, Catherine Fontenot, a biological sciences major from Basile, and Matthew Landrieu, an elementary education major from New Orleans, will each receive $30,000 scholarships from the Harry S. Truman Foundation, LSU announced Thursday.

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

Fontenot plans to pursue doctor of medicine and master of public health degrees, with concentrations in internal medicine and infectious disease/global health through Harvard Medical School’s Scholars in Medicine, an LSU news release says.

Landrieu, plans to pursue a master’s degree focused on policy, organization and leadership studies from Stanford’s Graduate School of Education, the release says.

LSU said Landrieu is New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s son.