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A UW-Madison senior active in student government and in ways to make the campus more accessible and affordable is a recipient of the 2018 Truman Scholarship.

Jordan Madden is one of 59 scholarship winners out of 756 candidates nominated for the award, which began in 1977 as the nation’s living memorial to Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president.

Madden has emphasized research and statistical analysis in his political science and sociology studies at UW-Madison, and considers public service an important element of American society.

“Fighting for equal treatment of all people, and their right to access fundamental resources and services such as health care, is absolutely essential to an equitable society,” Madden said in a university news release.

During his freshman year at UW-Madison, Madden started a political advocacy group aimed at making reproductive health care more accessible and affordable, and has worked for policies and positions at the state and federal levels to help UW students.

Truman scholars receive a $30,000 scholarship toward graduate school. Madden plans to go to UW Law School and pursue a career in politics.

The scholarships will be awarded May 27 at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri.

UW-Madison’s most recent Truman scholar was Deshawn McKinney in 2016, and there have been 21 Truman scholars from UW-Madison since 1980.

Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.