LSU junior Sarah Procopio named 2020 Truman Scholar


LSU: BATON ROUGE – LSU junior Sarah Procopio, a native of Baton Rouge, La., is among 62 students selected nationally as 2020 Truman Scholars. She is an Ogden Honors College student and Louisiana Service and Leadership, or LASAL, Program Scholar studying political communication in the Manship School of Mass Communication.

Baton Rouge native Sarah Procopio has been named a 2020 Truman Scholar. Studying political communication in LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication, Procopio is a member of the Ogden Honors College and the Louisiana Service and Leadership (LASAL) Program.

“We are proud to have Sarah Procopio as part of our LSU family and we congratulate her on being awarded a prestigious Truman Scholarship,” said LSU Interim President Tom Galligan. “We commend Sarah for her commitment to public service, and we can’t wait to see where her continued work takes her.”

Truman Scholars are awarded $30,000 for graduate study and professional development programming to help prepare scholars for careers in public service.

“As an aspiring public servant, being able to represent my school and my state in this way is a tremendous honor that reaffirms my commitment to working in government,” Procopio said.  

Drew Lamonica Arms from LSU’s Office of Fellowship Advising worked with Procopio to prepare her application for the Truman Scholarship. According to a recent LSU release, this year, the Truman Foundation received 773 applications from 316 colleges and universities. Students were selected based on their leadership history, public service and academic achievement. 

“I saw Sarah as a potential Truman Scholar from the day I first met her on a recruiting visit to Baton Rouge Magnet High. Her leadership skills and desire to be a public servant are two of the first things I noticed, and she’s really leveraged both the Ogden Honors College and the Manship School to hone her policy chops and demonstrate how much of a change agent she is and will be. She’ll be a phenomenal Truman Scholar,” LSU Ogden Honors College Dean Jonathan Earle said.

Through LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, Procopio has engaged in many local, state and national public affairs conversations and events like the annual Breaux Symposium. Procopio was the lead organizer for the 2018 Breaux Symposium titled “Re-envisioning Louisiana: The State We Want to Be In.”

“Sarah Procopio is a rising star, already with a breadth and depth of experience with public policy and governance,” LSU Manship School Dean Martin Johnson said. “Her recognition as a Truman Scholar underscores her accomplishments and abundant talent for leadership and service.”

Procopio also created the Louisiana Youth Platform (LAYP), a group which creates policy platforms full of priorities for Louisiana young adults. Procopio plans to take a year off between her graduate and undergraduate programs to serve in the Louisiana Department of Health building on the progress she made during her 2019 Governor’s Fellowship in the areas of opioid overdose prevention services. Procopio hopes to pursue a Masters of Public Policy with a concentration in social policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. 

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