The Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship
Type Scholarship
Amount - See website


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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

More Information

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship
712 Jackson Place
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 395-4831
Fax: (202) 395-6995