COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri is honoring former Gov. Mel Carnahan with a new award that promotes public service.
The university's Truman School of Public Affairs announced on Friday that it would present the award to those who follow the example of Carnahan, who spent years in public service before dying in a 2000 plane crash while campaigning for the U.S. Senate in 2000.
The Mel Carnahan Public Service Award will be given annually to a Missourian in paid or volunteer public service. Candidates will come from government, education, nonprofit and legal sectors.
The Truman School said in a news release that one or more MU students also will be awarded a graduate fellowship for public service work.
The first Carnahan Public Service Award recipient will be announced this spring.