For the first time, a Dickinson State University student made the cut for the Harry Truman Scholarship.
The Truman scholarship foundation rewards undergraduates pursuing a graduate degree in public service up to $30,000 towards their degree. Matthew Perdue is one of 200 students from across the nation who made it to the final round of interviews.
Perdue says it wasn't an easy process. He said he prepared his submission for two months and had about two weeks to prepare for the final interview.
About 60 to 65 students will walk away with recognition and a step closer to a career in government or public service.
"A high quality education with the intellectual ability that I now have and I think that's what got me from a kid from a small town of 500 people to a Truman finalist," Perdue said.
Perdue left Monday night for Minneapolis for his final interview on Wednesday. He'll have to wait until mid-April to find out if he's been selected.
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