John Armour knows something about overcoming adversity. The 27-year-old nontraditional student grew up poor in a rural area of Maine and persevered through difficult younger years. He now excels at West Virginia University and recently won a prestigious Truman Scholarship. In his spare time he volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.

The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling and special internship opportunities within the federal government.

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