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Harry S. Truman Scholarships

Congress established these scholarships in 1975 to honor President Truman. Up to 85 awards are made each year to students in their junior year who plan to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government, education, or other forms of public service. At least one Truman Scholarship is awarded to each of the 50 states. 

Truman Scholars must work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of their graduate degree.

Am I a potential Truman Scholar? Click here to evaluate your potential. Priority is given to candidates who propose to enroll in graduate and professional programs, specifically oriented to careers in public service. These include law and master's and PhD programs in public administration, public policy analysis, public health, international relations, government, economics, social services delivery, education and human resource development, and conservation and environmental protection.

Successful applicants are invited to interviews during the spring, at first the state and then the national level. (Our graduate scholarship committee aids in preparation for these interviews.)

Awards currently are up to $30,000 towards the graduate or professional program.

Awardees of the Truman Scholarship attend a "leadership week" in May, an awards ceremony in Independence, Missouri in June and are eligible for a ten-week summer institute in Washington, D.C. following graduation.  Those attending the summer institute are eligible for the Truman Fellows Program, a full-year public service placement in Washington DC.

Campus Deadline: January 21, 2014.

For more information please see Diane Kiino, Dow 114.