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Truman Scholarships


Every year the Foundation provides over 60 graduate scholarships in the amount of $30,000 for juniors preparing for careers in public service. Students must have strong leadership potential and interest in a career in government, education, uniformed services, or the not-for-profit sector. Selection is on the basis of "leadership potential, intellectual ability, and the likelihood of making a difference." Scholars may attend graduate school in the United States or abroad.

Selection Criteria

  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Open to juniors ONLY. (Students from Puerto Rico may also apply in their senior year.)
  • Candidates must be in the top quarter of their class.

Internal Deadline

January 15, 2024

How to Apply

Request access to the online application by emailing The application will open in August. The application consists of:

  • Essays on leadership, community service, graduate school and career plans.
  •  Policy statement.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation. The first letter should address the candidate's academic qualifications; the second should address the candidate's leadership qualities; and the third should address the candidate's commitment to community work / public service.


Selection Process

  • The Fellowships and Prizes Committee reviews all applications.
  • All candidates are interviewed by the Committee.
  • Based on application materials, interviews, and recommendations, the Committee selects four nominees. The nominees will submit their applications to Truman in early February.
  • The Truman Foundation determines which candidates will receive interviews at the regional level.

Congratulations to Owen Mortner '23,  2022 Truman Scholar!