A Camdenton graduate is among 62 recipients of the prestigious Truman Scholar scholarship in 2013. Clifton Luber III was awarded the honor earlier this month. He was chosen as one of the students from 54 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the scholarship.
Luber is currently attending the U.S. Naval Academy. Midshipman 2nd Class Luber is the academy's 21st Truman Scholar.
“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 credits his success to the support he 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."
Luber 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 is currently serving 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.
Luber is the son Cliff and Vicki Luber, of Camdenton.
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.