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Naval Academy Midshipman One of 62 Truman Scholars Selected for 2013

Posted on: April 10, 2013 08:00 EDT by Naval Academy Public Affairs

U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman 2nd Class Clifton E. Luber, III, of Camdenton, Mo.,  was recently selected as a 2013 Truman Scholar.

The Truman Foundation announced April 10 that 62 students from 54 U.S. colleges and universities were selected.

Luber, the academy’s 21st Truman Scholar, is a political science major and hopes to be commissioned as a Marine 2nd Lt. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in public policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and is primarily interested in U.S. foreign policy towards genocide and studies of the U.S. presidency and Congress. 

Luber said his success is largely due to the support he has received from family, friends and professors.

“They proofread my application multiple times, encouraged me to work hard, and told me over and over that they believed in me. That meant the world to me,” he said. “If I had to share the scholarship with everyone who helped me along the way, there wouldn't be any money left for me to attend grad school. I owe it all to them.

 “I feel truly honored to have won a scholarship this year especially considering the other finalists from my home state of Missouri. I was competing against individuals who facilitated several thousand people participating in volunteer projects and who helped the Department of Homeland Security write civil rights policies,” said Luber. “They were all outstanding individuals who deserved to win just as much as me, if not more.” 

Luber currently serves as a squad leader in the 30th Company, is the co-captain of the Naval Academy Ethics Debate Team, is active with the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference, a member of the Italian-American Midshipman Club and also founded a genocide awareness program at the academy. During his summer leave he volunteers as a counselor at the American Legion Boys State of Missouri.

The Truman Foundation is dedicated to former President Harry S. Truman and recognizes college juniors with exceptional leadership potential and intellectual ability who are committed to careers in public service. Scholars are required to work in public service following completion of a Foundation-funded graduate degree program. Scholarships provide support up to $30,000 for graduate school.  For more information about Truman Scholarships, visit the Truman Scholarship website

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