BATON ROUGE – LSU senior Logan de La Barre Hays has been named a finalist for two of the world’s most prestigious international scholarships – the Rhodes Scholarship and the Marshall Scholarship.
De La Barre Hays, a native of Jackson, Miss., is an Honors College and College of Humanities & Social Sciences student who is a double major in both international studies and political science with minors in Arabic, history and religious studies. She will graduate from LSU in May 2014.
“LSU is proud of Logan’s accomplishments, and we congratulate her on being named a finalist for these two outstanding scholarship opportunities,” said LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander. “We look forward to watching her continue her studies, and her future work will undoubtedly be a force for positive change and cultural understanding in the Arab world.”
De La Barre Hays, who was the recipient of a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship in the spring, spent this past summer in Tangier, Morocco, studying Arabic and being immersed in the Moroccan culture. She interviews for the Marshall Scholarship on Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Houston and for the Rhodes Scholarship on Friday, Nov. 22, in St. Louis.
“We are all proud of Logan’s achievements that come from all of her hard work,” said Nancy Clark, dean of the LSU Honors College. “Her strong academic training, her overseas experience, and her personal commitment to the plight of all refugees arising from her experiences after Hurricane Katrina make her an outstanding candidate for both awards and a wonderful inspiration for all of our students.”
De La Barre Hays is a resident assistant in the Laville Honors Residential Program, and has also served as an Honors College peer leader, Honors College advocate, the vice president of service for the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, and as a representative on the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Board for Student Life & Enrollment, among numerous other activities. She received both the Honors College Outstanding Junior Award and the James Blonner Outstanding Student Award for Undergraduate Majors in Political Science in May.
“The College of Humanities & Social Sciences is enormously proud of Ms. De La Barre Hays – no matter what happens in the final selection,” said Gaines Foster, dean of the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences. “Her interests span so many of our departments and programs; she personifies what a liberal arts education is all about and how it can contribute to a better world. And her commitment to hard work and excellence is an example for us all.”