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The Harry S. Truman Scholarship


The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, the federal memorial to their thirty-third President announces $30,000 Scholarships for college students who want to make a difference. These merit based scholarships is given to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service. The Truman is a very competitive national scholarship and it will select up to 15 at-large Scholars in 2017.

For forty years, the Truman Foundation has fulfilled the mission to support the potential of terrific young people from across the United States committed to public service, more than 3,000 so far.


  • Each nominee for the Truman Scholarship must be:
  1. A full-time junior-level student at a four-year institution pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the 2016-2017 academic year. ‘Junior’ here means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2017 and August 2018, or a student in his or her third year of collegiate study who expects to graduate during the 2016-2017 academic year
  2. Nominated by the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative at his or her institution
  3. In the upper quarter of his or her class and
  4. A United States citizen or a United States national from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Resident aliens (green card holders) are not eligible.
  • A good candidate for the Truman Scholarship meets the above eligibility requirements and also:
  1. Has an extensive record of public and community service
  2. Has outstanding leadership potential and communication skills and
  3. Is committed to a career in government or elsewhere in public service, as defined by the Foundation

How to Apply:

For applying the scholarship, the candidates must follow the given steps. The nomination procedure concludes:

  • The Institution of Higher Education. Candidates must first be nominated by the Truman Faculty Representative at their institution. Each accredited four-year institution may nominate up to four students for the 2017 awards.
  • The Truman Faculty Representative. The president of each participating institution appoints a Truman Faculty Representative who establishes a process to select the institution’s nominees. Candidates typically undergo an on-campus selection process to become one of the institution’s nominees.
  • The application and nomination materials. Once a Faculty Representative has decided to nominate a student, he or she must log in to the Foundation website and complete a Nomination Form. The candidate will then receive an email from the Foundation with the instructions on how to access the online application.

Financial Aid and Award Amount:

The Foundation provides:

  • Up to $30,000 toward a public service-related graduate degree.
  • Truman Scholars Leadership Week. This event, held at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, introduces new Scholars to the services provided by the Foundation and the many pathways to public service.
  • Summer Institute. Immediately after college graduation, Scholars have the opportunity to participate in an eight-week Summer Institute in Washington, DC.
  • Truman-Albright and Other Fellows Program. After Summer Institute, Scholars may elect to stay in Washington, DC, for a full year in the Truman-Albright Fellows Program; Truman-Albright Fellows are placed in public service jobs while participating in workshops, seminars, and mentoring opportunities.

Application Deadline:

The complete nomination package must be submitted by February 7, 2017.

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Contact Information:

For more information, you can call at 202.395.4831

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