Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: January 9, 2018

Open to: Juniors (or students in their third year of college enrollment with senior-level standing)
Area(s) of study: All fields, with commitment to a career in public service
Award criteria: leadership; service; academic achievement
Award provides: The Truman Scholarship provides financial support (up to $30,000) for graduate study
Open to international students: No

Eligibility criteria:

  • Be committed to a career in public service (this includes work in government, an NGO, education, healthcare, or the private sector; the key is the type of work, not the employer)

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership. Applicants are evaluated on their leadership and community service as well as academic merit. Successful candidates have a deep and substantive record of leadership and accomplishment in community service, campus government, and/or politics, and a demonstrated capacity to be a “change agent.” Applicants must have demonstrated already their capacity for leadership with a record of accomplishment that demonstrates their ability to achieve results. For more information, visit http://www.truman.gov/.

Application Components:

  • Application form
  • Policy Proposal
  • Personal statement
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts

If you are interested in applying, download the application procedures.

Make an appointment with a National Scholarships and Fellowships Program advisor. We will help you determine your eligibility and, if you choose to apply, provide feedback on your application. Applicants may not apply directly, but must secure institutional nomination through our office.