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Michigan State University undergraduate student named finalist for national Truman Scholarship

East Lansing, Mich. – Spencer Good, a Michigan State University undergraduate student, is a finalist for the nationally competitive Truman Scholarship.

Spencer GoodGood is a junior majoring in political theory and constitutional democracy, and social relations and policy, at James Madison College with minors in science, technology, environment, and public policy; applied development in international agriculture and natural Resources; and religious studies. He is the founder and president of the Spartan Food Security Council, an organization focused on alleviating food insecurity on MSU’s campus and in the local community. Spencer is also a student leader for the Salt Company at MSU, a college ministry that provides community for students to share their stories and personal challenges.

In addition to his leadership and service, Spencer is completing an honors thesis that examines the political leadership of Xenophon’s Cyrus the Great and Ronald Reagan. Prior to this, he investigated the relationship between food security and Indigenous sovereignty, in addition to conducting research on campaign finance disclosure in Michigan. He previously served as a research assistant for John Jackson Jr., Ph.D., on a project that explored race and the American libertarian movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

Spencer is from Howell, Michigan and attended International Academy West in White Lake, Michigan.

The Truman Scholarship Foundation recognizes college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to affecting change through public service by providing them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students.

The National and International Fellowships and Scholarships (NIFS) Office, administered by the Honors College, helps interested undergraduate and graduate students to pursue major national and international opportunities by providing information and direct support throughout the competitive application processes.


Christopher P. Long, Ph.D.
MSU Foundation Professor
Dean of the MSU Honors College
Dean of the College of Arts and Letters


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