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University of Idaho Scholars Program Named for Idaho Attorney General

The University of Idaho College of Law announced it received a one-time gift of $350,000 from the American Legacy Foundation to create the Lawrence G. Wasden Scholars Program. Lawrence Wasden is Idaho’s longest-serving attorney general, 2003 to present, was NAAG Tobacco Committee chair from 2004 – 2006, and was a Legacy Foundation leader for years.

“Legacy’s Board of Directors and staff have enormous respect for Attorney General Wasden, who served on our Board of Directors as a past chair, treasurer and member,” said Legacy CEO and President Robin Koval in an August statement released by the University. “The Lawrence G. Wasden Scholars Program honors his remarkable service to the health of America’s youth as an attorney general and as a Tobacco Committee chair for the National Association of Attorneys General. We’re proud that this program will carry on Attorney General Wasden’s tireless anti-tobacco work and create a legacy of longer, healthier lives as a result.”

The program will include a student scholarship and support for the education of law students interested in legal and policy dimensions of public health issues arising from tobacco and substance abuse. The first scholarship will be awarded to an entering student in fall 2015.

“I am very pleased with the American Legacy Foundation's recognition of the University of Idaho,” said Attorney General Wasden who earned his law degree from the university. “I look forward to the day when I can visit with students who have received this scholarship and talk with them about how it made a difference in their lives and how they, in turn, made a difference in the lives of others. The University of Idaho expanded my ability to serve my community and gave me opportunities I would not have otherwise had.”

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