The mission of the Truman Scholarship Foundation is:
- to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the 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.
LEGAL REQUIREMENTS (must be met)
- At the time of application, student must be full-time pursuing a bachelor's degree with junior-level academic standing; senior-level standing in my third year of college enrollment; or senior and a resident of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, or a Pacific Island. Note: Students who have completed their bachelor's degree or are already attending graduate school are not eligible for the Truman Scholarship.
- U.S. citizen (or a U.S. national from a Pacific Island) or expect to receive my citizenship by the date the Scholarship will be awarded.
CAREER AND GRADUATE STUDY INTERESTS
- Be e a "change agent," in time, improving the ways that government agencies, nonprofit organizations, or educational institutions serve the public.
- There are conditions in our society or the environment which are troubling.
- Interest in working for government, education, the nonprofit sector, or the public interest/advocacy sector to improve these conditions.
- Comfortable committing to work in public service for three of the first seven years after completed Foundation-funded graduate degree.
- Interest in receiving a master's degree, a doctorate, or a professional degree such as a law degree or a Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Social Work, Master of Education, Master of Public Policy, or Master of International Affairs.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACADEMIC RECORD
- Participated extensively in two or more of the following sets of activities:
- Student government and/or campus-based extracurricular activities;
- Community service-related activities that were not organized by your school or by fraternity/sorority;
- Government internships, commissions or boards, advocacy or interest groups, nonpartisan political activities, or military/ROTC
- Partisan political activities and campaigns.
- Been involved with organizations or activities related to my career interests.
- Demonstrated some of my leadership potential.
- Sufficiently strong grades and coursework to gain admittance to a first-rate graduate institution.
- Regularly a good national newspaper and a thoughtful periodical.
- Received one or more courses relating to my career interests.
- Appreciate external affirmation of my values and goals.
- Interest in becoming associated with Truman Scholar "change agents."
- Capable of analyzing a public issue in my intended career area and presenting findings in a one-page memo to a government official who could take action.
- Willing to prepare an outstanding application and policy proposal under the supervision of Truman Faculty Representative.
- Believe you could hold your own in a challenging interview conducted by a panel of prominent public servants, educators, and former Truman Scholars.
- Could use $30,000 to continue education.
This funding opportunity requires applicants to hold U.S. Citizenship.