KU student from Topeka surprised as Truman Scholar

Courtesy: University of Kansas

(WIBW) - A Visit to the chancellor's office brought good news for a University of Kansas student from Topeka.

The university surprised Sam Steuart with balloons - and word that he was named the school's 20th Harry S. Truman scholar.

The honor includes $30,000 toward graduate school, plus professional development opportunities for careers in public service leadership.

Steuart is among 62 recipients chosen from 840 nominees, representing nearly 350 colleges and universities.

“I am incredibly thankful to be a Truman Scholar because I look forward to the opportunity it provides me to give back to the members of the community who raised me,” Steuart said. “I want to create more opportunities that provide others with similar experiences as the ones I, thankfully, accessed.”

The Shawnee Heights High School alum is studying American studies and biochemistry. A news release from KU describes Steuart's focus as looking at how socioeconomic status affects a person’s ability to receive health care and an education. He plans graduate studies in medicine and public health.

Read more about Sam Steuart and the Truman Scholar award.