PENDLETON — A gastrointestinal disorder that sometimes wreaks havoc in Tanner Pearson’s life also provided a smoother path as he finishes up his graduate degree.

The 2016 Pendleton High School graduate is one of 10 applicants from across the nation to receive a Salix Gastrointestinal Health Scholars Award. The $10,000 scholarship, Pearson said, will help immensely in obtaining his master’s degree in immunology at Drexel University. In addition to student loans, Pearson has paid several thousand dollars out of pocket each semester.

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