Xiao Wang

U.Va. Student Selected as Truman Scholar

Xiao Wang (College ’08, Batten ’09)

Xiao Wang, an economics major and Jefferson Scholar, won a 2008 Truman Scholarship during his third year at U.Va.

“Xiao is an extraordinary student, and it has been a joy to work with him,” said Lucy S. Russell, director of the Center for Undergraduate Excellence. “The Truman Foundation looks for students who are leaders and will work to bring about positive change in the world. Xiao truly fits the bill.”

Mr. Wang, whose family moved to the United States from China nearly twenty years ago, plans to study international law, especially laws and institutions in developing countries. Eventually, he would like to work in international development, for an organization such as the United Nations or the World Bank. “For me, the issue of economic development strikes close to home,” said Mr. Wang, who stays in touch with relatives in China. “China’s bustling economy has brought a lot of good things, but the job is far from finished. Many people still live in absolute poverty and, to me, helping these people climb onto the ladder of economic opportunity is what public policy is all about.”

Before leaving to attend the Truman Scholars Leadership Week, Mr. Wang was able to put the finishing touches on theĀ first issue of the Virginia Policy Review (1 MB PDF), a student-produced journal devoted to economics for which he serves as editor.