Henry '17 named Truman Scholar

Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, President of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, announced Henry Hicks '17 is a recipient of the premier graduate scholarship for aspiring public service leaders in the United States. 
USN alumnus Henry Hicks '17 was selected from among 773 candidates to be 2020 Truman Scholar.

Students were nominated by their institution based on their records of leadership, public service, and academic achievement. Finalists interviewed with the Foundation’s Regional Review Panels between this spring and scholars were named in April. Each Truman Scholar receives up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government. 

Hicks, the only scholar from Tennessee, is studying comparative American studies and creative writing with a concentration in identity and diversity at Oberlin College. He is particularly passionate about addressing racial inequities and voter suppression. His experience in legislative spaces informs this passion, previously working in both internship and staff positions in the United States House of Representatives and Senate. His community organizing experience as a field organizer for the Kamala Harris For the People campaign in Waterloo, Iowa, has given him insight into how to combine public policy with grassroots organizing around racial justice and voting rights. On campus, Hicks is active with Student Senate, Oberlin’s Equity and Diversity Committee, the Oberlin College Democrats, and several student publications. After graduating, he intends to pursue a JD/MPA to fight for equity in the democratic process.

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