Truman Scholarship

Application Information

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Amount Awarded


Application Deadline

February 06

Awarded By

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

Award Amount

Up to $30,000 annually, renewable for one year.


55 to 65 awards offered annually. The Foundation tries to have at least one Truman Scholar each year from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Islands (American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands). The Foundation will also award more than one scholarship per state or territory if the selection committee agrees that two candidates are equally worthy. In prior years, there were 58 scholars selected.

Additional Information

Candidates must have extensive records of public and community service, be committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service and have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills. Candidates should have participated extensively in two or more of the following activities: student government and/or campus-based extracurricular activities; community service-related activities that were not organized by his/her school or by his/her fraternity/sorority; government internships, commissions or boards, advocacy or interest groups, nonpartisan political activities, or military/ROTC; and partisan political activities and campaigns. Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a foundation funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving Truman funds. Scholars who do not meet this service requirement, or who fail to provide timely proof to the foundation of such employment, will be required to repay funds received along with interest. The foundation will have an appeals process for special circumstances. Finalists will be announced on the website on Feb. 23. Regional Review panels will meet in March and April, during which time finalists will be required to interview with the panel. Scholars will be announced on April 18. All scholars are required to attend the Truman Scholars Leadership Week, which will be held on May 22-27.

Deadline Info

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