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Undergraduate Fellow Emily Waggoner Receives Truman Scholarship

It’s with great pleasure that we at the Kinder Forum share the news that Society of Fellows member Emily Waggoner was recently named a 2015 Truman Scholar. Created in 1975, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation was designed to support the academic and professional pursuits of undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional scholastic promise as well as dedication to public service. Recipients of the Truman Scholarship, which is awarded annually, receive a $30,000 scholarship toward graduate school, and are invited to participate in professional development programming in Washington, D.C., to ready them for careers in public service leadership. Selected from a national pool of 200 finalists, Emily joins 57 other undergraduate students in the 2015 class of Truman Scholars.

Raised in Jefferson City, MO, by MU alumni Gary and Pamela Waggoner, Emily is currently a junior at the University of Missouri, majoring in Political Science and double-minoring in Leadership & Public Service and Women & Gender Studies. During her time at MU, she has played an active role in a number of on-campus political organizations, including the Mizzou Democrats, Mizzou for Hillary and the Young Democrats of Missouri, and she has also interned for Missouri State Senator Paul LeVota, Missouri State Representative Kimberly Gardner, and for Claire McCaskill’s Senate re-election campaign. Emily will graduate in May 2016, after which she plans to pursue a graduate degree in public policy, with a focus on health policy.

The policy proposal that Emily submitted as part of her Truman Scholarship application focused on creating increased access to education about and treatment of eating disorders in Missouri through a reform of the state’s health insurance protocols. Noting, for example, that health insurance companies are not currently required to consult specialists when treating individuals with eating disorders, Emily addressed this and other systemic problems by calling for all health care providers to be required to cover comprehensive treatment of eating disorders, including all behavioral, nutritional and physical treatments deemed necessary by the patient’s attendant physician, psychologist, or psychiatrist. In addition, her proposal requested that the Missouri Eating Disorders Council (established in 2010) be fully funded for the purpose of creating a curriculum for eating disorder education in middle and high school health classes.