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Congratulations to Sky Harper, a 2023 Truman Scholarship Finalist

March 2, 2023

We're pleased to announce that Sky Harper, chemistry '24, has been selected as a finalist for the Truman Scholarship. This highly selective scholarship is meant to celebrate and prepare the nation's next generation of public service leaders. Scholars receive funding for graduate school as well as access to professional development, a summer internship program, and advising and mentoring.

Sky is one of 199 finalists selected from a total of 705 applications received in this year's competition. We're so proud of the dedication he has shown throughout the process, and wish him the best of luck as he proceeds to the interview stage and final selection!

Sky HarperSky Harper, chemistry '24

Sky Harper is a third-year student at Drexel University pursuing a BS in chemistry. After graduation, he plans to enter an MD/PhD program and delve into translational and clinical research on external and internal factors that contribute to healthcare disparities and limitations in low-resource communities. He is the President of Drexel Indigenous Students of the Americas and is involved around campus in different capacities. He is working with the USDA-ARS as a researcher. He has had the opportunity to conduct research with Dr. Hai-Feng Ji on polymers and Dr. John Medaglia in the Cognitive Neuroengineering and Wellbeing Laboratory and will be joining Dr. Bouchard's lab during the spring.

Sky is a first-generation Navajo student from Chinle, Arizona and his goal is to show his five younger brothers that it is possible to succeed in whatever field you pursue. He would like to thank his mom and dad for their support throughout his life and for always being invested in his and his brother's education. Sky has been involved in the Pennoni Honors College through the Honors Program, STAR Scholars, Aspire, Scholars, Supernova Undergraduate Research Fellows, and fellowships advising. He hopes to write for Dr. Melinda Lewis before graduation!

The Truman Scholarship is a highly prestigious national program that supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to careers in public service, including education and non-profit sectors. Since its creation in 1975, the Foundation has supported over 3,300 Truman Scholars who are making a difference in all corners of the nation and around the globe.

For more information, visit the Truman Foundation website or contact UREP at