Duke University juniors Kushal Kadakia and Claire Wang are among 59 students selected nationally as 2018 Truman Scholars. Kushal Kadakia has worked with Duke-Margolis throughout his Duke career, both as an intern working with the Global Health Policy team and with the Bass Connections Medicaid reform advisory team. He was also a member of the course's student team that received a grant for additional work on the issue.
The scholarship is the nation’s living memorial of President Harry S. Truman. Students from every state are selected based on their leadership potential, high academic achievement and a commitment to careers in public service and advocacy.
The Truman Scholarship Foundation received 756 nominations from 311 colleges and universities.
Each new Truman Scholar receives 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.
Kadakia plans to pursue an MD and a Masters degree in public policy. He said, "I am so thankful to Duke-Margolis for opening doors I didn't know existed and helping me find the passion I want to dedicate my life towards."
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