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April 9, 2010

UI student wins 2010 Truman Scholarship, named 2010 Udall Scholar

Christopher Page, a University of Iowa student who plans to pursue a career in food policy, is the recipient of not just one, but two nationally prestigious honors.

Page is one of 60 students across the nation named a 2010 Truman Scholar and one of 80 students selected as a 2010 Udall Scholar.

Page, a UI Honors Program student and junior from Iowa City, is double majoring in political science and geography with a minor in Chinese in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

In announcing the Truman Scholarship winners, Madeleine K. Albright, Truman Scholarship Foundation president, noted that the award is given on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability and the likelihood of "making a difference."

A 14-member independent review committee selected this year's group of Udall Scholars on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, health care or tribal public policy; leadership potential and academic achievement. Page was one of 13 sophomores who was awarded this national scholarship in 2009 and is one of just seven to receive the Udall Scholarship again in 2010.

Page, who plans to specifically pursue a career in nutrition, food safety and community food security, said he hopes to research agricultural, trade and environmental policy and advocate agricultural and food policy change.

He has interned with Minnesota Rep. Karen Clark at the Women’s Environmental Institute in St. Paul, Minn., served as finance chair of the UI Lecture Committee and researched policy for the Iowa Policy Research Organization.

He is also the founder and president of the Associated Iowa Honors Students and is a student member of the UI Sustainability Advisory Committee. Page has studied at three universities in China, organizes volunteers and fundraising events for the Local Foods Connection, and has played piano weekly at local nursing homes since 2002.

The Truman scholars were selected from among 576 candidates nominated by 245 colleges and universities. Each selection panel interviewed finalists from a three- to four-state region and generally elected one scholar from each state and one at-large scholar from the region.

This class of Udall Scholars was selected from 537 candidates nominated by 256 colleges and universities. Seventy scholars intend to pursue careers related to the environment.

Page worked closely with the UI Honors Program’s Scholarship Director, Andrea Beloy, in preparing his scholarship applications.

In June of 2009, the UI was named a Truman Foundation Honor Institution. This award recognizes Iowa for “active encouragement of outstanding young people to pursue careers in public service.” It goes to institutions of higher education that enjoy sustained success in helping their students win Truman Scholarships and promoting the principles of public service demonstrated by the foundation’s namesake.

Each Truman Scholarship provides 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.

Each Udall Scholarship provides up to $5,000 for the scholar’s junior or senior year. This scholarship has generated 1,155 Udall Scholars since the first awards in 1996.

For a listing of the 2010 scholars and more information on the Truman Scholarship Foundation, visit

For more information on Page, visit

For a listing of the 2010 Udall Scholars and Honorable Mentions and more information on the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation and related programs, visit

For more information on the UI Honors Program, visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Andrea Beloy, UI Honors Program, 319-335-1874,; Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,