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USD's Josh Sorbe Named Truman Scholarship Finalist

USD Student-Athlete Josh Sorbe portrait. Josh Sorbe, a junior political science and economics double major, is a Truman Scholarship finalist.

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota junior Josh Sorbe, a political science and economics double major, a member of the swimming and diving team and the current Student Government Association (SGA) President at USD has been named a finalist for this year’s Truman Scholarship.

The Truman Scholarship was established in 1975 as the federal memorial to Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States. It is viewed as one of the premier graduate fellowships in the United States for those pursuing careers in public service.

Sorbe completed an extensive application process that included as many as 15 drafts for his 3,000-word personal statement as well as a policy proposal where he was asked to talk about an area of public service or a specific state or federal law that he would revise or improve. He is one of 199 Truman finalists nationwide and one of two finalists from South Dakota. Sorbe will interview in person in St. Paul, Minnesota, on March 25.

“We are extremely proud of Josh for being selected as a finalist for this scholarship,” said President Sheila K. Gestring. “Josh has given 100 percent to everything he has participated in at USD. As an exemplary student athlete and SGA president, Josh’s contributions to our campus, community and state model what it means to work in public service. We are fortunate to have him as part of our USD family.”

For more information about Sorbe’s journey to becoming a Truman finalist, see the full story at


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


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