LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Judson Adams, a University of Louisville junior majoring in political science, has earned a 2017 Truman Scholarship, an award given to 62 U.S. college students and valued at $30,000.
Adams, a native of Rineyville and 2014 graduate of North Hardin High School, is Kentucky’s only Truman Scholar this year. This is the third year in a row that a UofL student has won Kentucky’s Truman Scholarship.
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation announced the winners yesterday. The prize recognizes college juniors with a record of outstanding leadership and community involvement who want to pursue careers in public service.
Adams plans to use his award to earn a law degree at Georgetown University and, afterward, to join the military’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps—often known as JAG Corps.
During his time at UofL, Adams has been active in the university’s Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) where he was promoted to flight commander. He also is an officer, director of communications, in the Student Government Association and a frequent volunteer.
“I am incredibly humbled, honored and proud to represent the state of Kentucky as well as the University of Louisville as I go forward in seizing the opportunities made available to me through the Truman Scholarship,” Adams said.
“I had a feeling that Jud’s genuine spirit, humility and dedication to military service would shine brightly during his interviews for the Truman Scholarship,” said Patricia Condon, who directs UofL’s Office of National and International Scholarship Opportunities. “He will certainly maximize the Truman Scholar experience.”
Adams is the son of Pam and Mark Adams of Rineyville.
Thirteen UofL students have been Truman Scholars since 1977, the year the national program was launched. For more information, contact Condon at 502-852-1515.