West Virginia University Student Named 26th Truman Scholar
Azeem Khan, a political science student with dual minors in business cybersecurity and philosophy at West Virginia University (WVU), has been awarded the 26th Truman Scholarship, the top graduate fellowship for aspiring public service leaders in the US.
President Gordon Gee praised Khan’s “demonstrated commitment to public service” and “fierce passion for problem solving” in areas such as mental health and opioid abuse.
Leading by Example
Khan, a native of Charleston, West Virginia, grew up seeing the impact of the opioid epidemic on his community, leading him to co-chair the Mountaineer Fentanyl Education Task Force at WVU. The task force educates new students about the dangers of fentanyl, as well as resources available to help fight it.
In addition, Khan, who serves as president pro tempore of the WVU Student Government Association, is actively involved in promoting student mental health and has been engaging with state lawmakers on the issue.
Commitment to Public Service
Truman Scholars, recognized for leadership potential, academic excellence, and a commitment to public service in government and nonprofits, receive a range of benefits, including funding for graduate studies, internships, and fellowships within the federal government.
Khan, who plans to attend law school after graduation, credits his dedication to public service to his family, who emigrated to the US from Pakistan in 1963. He says America has given his family opportunities beyond imagination, and he feels an obligation to improve the country through his own contributions.
ASPIRE Provides Support
Khan received support from WVU’s ASPIRE office, which helps students pursue national awards such as the Truman Scholarship. The office’s director, Amy Cyphert, said, “it’s a privilege to support talented students like Khan.”
The Truman Scholarship is the latest achievement in Khan’s drive to make a positive difference in the world. Through his work on the Fentanyl Education Task Force and with state lawmakers, he is already leading by example and paving the way for others to follow.