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.
- 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.
December 11, 2023
How to Apply
Request access to the online application by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- 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!