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Truman Scholarship

Provides support for graduate studies in a field related to public service (education and conservation included).


As the federal memorial to our 33rd president, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships to college juniors who plan to pursue graduate degrees in public service fields.  The Foundation also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development.  Scholars are invited to participate in a number of programs:  Truman Scholar Leadership Week, Summer Institute, Truman Fellows Program, and the Public Service Law Conference.


SEE ALSO:  Scoville Peace Fellowship, James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program, Madison Graduate Fellowships, PPIA Fellowship

Selection Criteria

The Truman Foundation seeks future “change agents” who aspire to leadership positions in federal, state, or local governments or in the not-for-profit and education sectors where they can influence public policies and change public programs.  Truman Scholars should have:

  • Extensive records of campus and community service;

  • Commitment to careers in government or the nonprofit and advocacy sectors;

  • Excellent communication skills;

  • Outstanding leadership potential;

  • A strong academic record with likely acceptance by a first-rate graduate school.


Applicants must:

  • Be full-time students with junior-level academic standing, have senior-level standing in the third year of college enrollment, or be a senior and a resident of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, or a Pacific Island;

  • Be a U.S. citizen (or a U.S. national from a Pacific Island) or expect to receive citizenship by the date the Scholarship will be awarded.

All Candidates should be aware that the Truman Scholarship has a newly instituted service requirement.  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. 


Truman Scholarships provide up to $30,000 for graduate studies.


Duration of award depends on graduate program the Scholar undertakes.  Scholars may defer attending graduate school for up to four years following receipt of a Truman Scholarship.  Scholars who engage in post-baccalaureate study funded by other means may have additional years of deferral.  Scholars with five-year military obligations may defer for up to five years.

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Truman Scholarship



Internal Selection Deadline (LSU)