MAGNOLIA – The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation recently announced that Victor J. Rojas of DeQueen has been named a 2017 Truman Scholarship Finalist.

Rojas, who is currently enrolled in the off-campus DeQueen/Mena undergraduate Elementary Education Program, will travel to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee next month for a panel interview.

Truman Scholarships support the graduate education and professional development of future leaders with the highest potential. Truman Scholars are provided up to $30,000 for graduate study and are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of their graduate education.

Rojas is employed by the DeQueen School District, and is a graduate of DeQueen High School and UA Cossatot. He has been a member of the Arkansas Coalition for Juvenile Justice Board since being appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe in January 2014. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Arkansas United Community Coalition (AUCC), an immigrants' rights nonprofit organization. Rojas served on the platform committee of the Democratic Party of Arkansas in 2016, and has volunteered on campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels.


“It’s an honor to be a finalist for the prestigious Truman Scholarship. I'm excited to represent SAU in this competition and am very grateful for the support of my faculty representative, Dr. Neelie Dobbins. I couldn't have gotten this far without the help and encouragement of my family, friends, colleagues, and mentors,” said Rojas.

Dobbins said the DeQueen/Mena cohort begins each fall. An on-campus program is also available in fall and spring, and there is a Saturday cohort in the fall. Saturday and DeQueen/Mena cohorts are designed for nontraditional students, while the on-campus cohort is geared more toward traditional students. Many 2+2 candidates transfer to SAU after the completion of their first two years in the program. All programs prepare candidates to teach Elementary Education in Arkansas, grades K-6. SAU also offers licensure for those students interested in teaching middle or high school.

The 2017 Class of Truman Scholars will be announced in mid-April.