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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

December 11, 2022, 11:59 pm ET

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!