“I think I’ve always had an interest in politics and public service, but seeing the effect you could have on peoples lives [is] something you don’t appreciate fully until you see it in person, in real life. ”
Azeem Khan, a West Virginia University student committed to public service, has been named the University’s 26th Truman Scholar, the nation’s top graduate fellowship award for aspiring public service leaders.
“Azeem blends a demonstrated commitment to public service with a fierce passion for problem solving, which is an unbeatable combination when facing challenges ranging from mental health to opioid abuse,” President Gordon Gee said.
A native of Charleston, the political science major with dual minors in business cybersecurity and philosophy is acutely aware of the challenges his home state faces, especially with respect to the opioid epidemic.
“I think it’s impossible to live in West Virginia and go a single day without thinking about the impact the opioid epidemic has had on our state,” Khan said. “Growing up, it’s something we always saw impacting our communities. But in the face of incredible adversity, I always found myself inspired by the resilience of ordinary West Virginians.”
As co-chair of the Mountaineer Fentanyl Education Task Force, Khan has led efforts to educate WVU students about the dangers of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid drug.
Presidential Student Ambassador,Senator At-Large & President Pro Tempore within Student Government Association, Honors College Member, WVU Club Squash Team, WVU Pre-Law Society, Intern for US Senator Joe Manchin III, Member of Juvenile Justice Subcommittee of Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency, and Correction; Mountaineer Fentanyl Education Task Force
In the News
Meet Azeem Khan, Fall 2022 WVU Presidential Student Ambassador
WVU students focus on dangers of Fentanyl
June 29, 2022— Press Release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia
High-quality, stamped cartel fentanyl in pill form now coming to West Virginia,
U.S. attorney says
August 24, 2022 — The Morgantown News
Political science student selected as 26th WVU Truman Scholar
April 12, 2023 — WVU Today
Charleston-native WVU student and fentanyl fighter Azeem Khan named Truman Scholar
April 21, 2023 — Charleston Gazette-Mail
60 Days in Charleston Interview
Azeem discusses the importance of being educated about the West Virginia Legislative Session.
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