Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2002-03-22

Samford University junior James T. Gibson of Butler has been named a Truman Scholar by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. He is one of 64 Truman scholars selected nationwide from some 600 applications.

Gibson, a history and political science double major, will receive a $30,000 scholarship for his last year of undergraduate school and two years of graduate work. He is the only student from Alabama to be named a 2002 Truman Scholar.

Truman Scholars are selected on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability and the likelihood of making a difference. They must be committed to careers in government or the not-for-profit sector. The foundation typically selects one scholar from each state and several at-large scholars from each region.

Gibson, a Dean's List student, is the son of Donald R. and Mary Ruth Gibson of Butler.

At Samford, he is a member of the student government senate, Amnesty International, Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform and several honor societies. He is a former staff writer for the Samford Crimson newspaper, founder and president of Samford College Democrats, vice president of the Pre-Law Society and captain of the Samford mock trial team.

The Truman Scholars program is the federal memorial to the nation's 33rd president.