Seven Indian-American students have been nominated for the prestigious Harry S Truman Scholarship, which is given to college juniors for demonstrating leadership potential and a commitment to public service.

This scholarship is highly competitive in nature and is awarded to deserving college student for exhibiting leadership potential and commitment to public service. These students then contest for the prestigious national awards, which provides up to $30,000 for graduate study. Each year only about 60 students get fortunate enough to receive the Truman scholarship.

The foundation’s regional review panel will then interview the finalist students for further selection before declaring the scholars on April 21st, 2017. The foundation reviewed 768 potential scholars from 315 institutions before settling on the 199 students from 136 institutions, according to a release.

Shreya Ganeshan from the University of Georgia, Anjali Misra from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Samarth Gupta from the Harvard University, Megan Patel of Georgetown University, Maya Durvasula of Duke University, Manju Bangalore of the University of Oregon, and Anjana Murali of the University of Pittsburgh are the Indian-American finalists.

The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to President Harry S Truman. Only about 60 Truman Scholars are named nationwide annually. The awards are given to college students on their records of leadership, public service and academic achievement.

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