Sponsor: Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
Purpose: To find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the non-profit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in public service; and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.
- Up to $30,000 toward a public service-related graduate degree. Can defer going to graduate school for up to four years.
- Truman Scholars Leadership Week in Liberty, Missouri — introduces new Scholars to the services provided by the Foundation and the many pathways to public service. Scholars participate in seminars and workshops with distinguished Truman alumni and other public service leaders, a group exercise about policy implementation, a graduate school and career fair with representatives from the schools and programs most attended by Truman Scholars, and community service events in the Kansas City area.
- Summer Institute — an eight-week Summer Institute in Washington, DC during which the scholar takes part in internships with government agencies and nonprofit organizations, seminars and workshops, meetings with Washington policymakers and Truman alumni, and opportunities for community building among Scholars.
- Truman-Albright Fellows Program — scholars may elect to stay in Washington, DC after the Summer Institute for a full year during which they are placed in public service jobs while participating in workshops, seminars, and mentoring opportunities.
- Additional fellowship opportunities, outlined on the Truman website, are available for Scholars as they move through the early stages of their careers in public service.
Citizenship requirements: U.S. citizen or national.
Min. GPA: Be in the upper quarter of junior class.
Subject restrictions: Plans to go into a career in public service.
National deadline: Early February
Campus deadline: Early January
Comments: Institutional endorsement is required. Up to four students (plus up to three transfer students) from each participating institution are nominated to apply each year.
Service Commitment: Must work in public service for 3 of the 7 years following competition of graduate degrees.
Min. GPA: top quarter of junior class
Fields of study:
- Physical and Natural Sciences
- Social Sciences
- Humanities and the Arts