Leonel “Leo” F. Llegado, a Criminal Justice major with the School of Business and Public Administration was recently named Guam’s 2016 Truman Scholarship Finalist. Llegado is the son of Isabelita and Gavino Llegado.
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 Truman Foundation’s mission is to select and support the next generation of public service leaders. The Truman Scholarship is one of most prestigious national scholarships in the United States.
Annually, candidates for the Truman Scholarship go through a rigorous, multi-stage selection process. This year the Foundation reviewed 775 files from 305 institutions. Students were selected based on their records of leadership, public service and academic achievement. Llegado was selected as one of 197 students from the 775 applicants for the second round of the competition making him a 2016 Truman Scholarship Finalist. Llegado was interviewed before an expert panel in Washington DC. on April 6. Fewer than 60 Truman Scholars will be selected this year.
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.
The University of Guam was named a Truman Honor Institution in 2009. Guam has had 21 Truman Scholars since the program’s start in 1975. Seventeen of those Truman Scholars have come from the University of Guam.