University of Utah student Bryson Morgan has been announced as 2007 Truman Scholar.
Morgan is the first Truman Scholar at the U. in seven years and one of only three Truman Scholars selected from a Utah university in the past 10 years. He is one of 65 students selected from 56 U.S. colleges and universities.
The prestigious scholarship provides each recipient $30,000 for graduate study as well as priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions.
The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to the 33rd thirty-third president, Harry S. S Truman. The foundation awards scholarships for college students to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service.
Executive assistant for the U.'s Hinckley Institute of Politics, Morgan is a junior working toward honors degrees in political science and economics.
He led the U.'s efforts of VoteProject, which registered more than 6,000 students to vote in the 2004 election. In 2005, he formed and led the Presidential Ambassadors program, a group of student advocates who represented the U before the Utah State Legislature. Most recently he traveled to Lithuania to study the development of democracy in post-communist nations.