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Samia Ismail of Fort Smith and Robert Norwood of Siloam Springs are among 62 college students nationwide selected as 2019 Truman Scholars.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation provides up to $30,000 for graduate school to each aspiring public-service leader. The foundation seeks to name a Truman Scholar from every state, according to its website, with 840 candidates considered for the 2019 awards.

Ismail is a junior biomedical engineering student at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She serves as co-director of diversity and inclusion for UA's Associated Student Government and has been active with the Washington County Democratic Party.

She plans to pursue a dual degree program in medicine and public policy at the University of Michigan, with the aim of crafting public policy making access to health care more equitable, according to the Truman foundation.

Norwood studies computer science with a minor in Latin American regional studies at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He leads the Cadet Media Group and is a member of the West Point Cyber Policy team while also being active with efforts to end sexual harassment and assault at the academy.

He hopes to be an officer in a newly gender-integrated armor branch of the Army and work at reducing gender inequality, according to the Truman foundation.

Metro on 04/14/2019

Print Headline: Arkansans named Truman Scholars

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