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Local student recognized by “Harvard of the Midwest”

Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 1:28 pm

A Bowling Green native received a prestigious award from one of the most respected universities in the midwest earlier this month.

Megan Purk received the Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Athletic Training Award during the 2013 Academic Honor Awards Assembly May 10 at Truman State University in Kirksville. Outstanding students are traditionally recognized at the annual spring assembly.

Purk is an athletic training major. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Purk.

Founded in 1867, Truman is Missouri’s highly selective public liberal arts and sciences university.

Truman has the highest graduation rate among Missouri’s public colleges and universities and approximately 50 percent of Truman’s graduates pursue an advanced degree immediately upon graduating.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine listed Truman at No. 19 on its list of 100 “Best Values in Public Colleges” and featured the University in the February 2013 issue. U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 edition of “Best Colleges” ranked Truman as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest region and Truman was recognized in the Washington Monthly September/October 2012 magazine as the No. 6 master’s university in the nation. Truman was the only public Missouri school on the entire Top 100 Master’s Universities list.

The University, located in Kirksville, enrolls more than 6,100 students.