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Student named Truman Scholar

Aaron Wingad, a UW-Eau Claire senior majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology, has been named a 2010 Truman Scholar by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.

Wingad, a Rice Lake native who currently serves on the UW System Board of Regents, is believed to be the first UW-Eau Claire student to receive the prestigious award.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, established by Congress in 1975 as a memorial to the country’s 33rd president, awards scholarships for students to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service.

The scholarship provides up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and internships within the federal government.

After graduating from UW-Eau Claire, Wingad hopes to pursue a doctorate in public health policy with an emphasis on disparities in health outcomes. He also plans to earn a medical degree with a specialization in public health.