The Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The Undergraduate Fellowships Office (UFO) has begun a campus wide search for Truman Scholarship candidates. A Truman Scholar is someone who is a “Change Agent” in our society.  The internal deadline is October 5, 2012. Strong student candidates have a record of seeing an issue/problem and then doing something about it such as starting clubs or organization or taking some other kind of action. Students must be graduating between December 2013 and August 2014 to apply in this years’ cycle.

Students can complete the “Are you a potential Truman Scholar?” questionnaire. If students have five minutes and willing to answer 20 yes/no questions, they can easily determine if they should compete in the internal Truman competition.

Interested students must graduate December 2013 to August 2014 (or later) and have a strong record of public services in at least two of these areas: Campus life, Community, and/or Government. We are looking for students who want to work in government and/or a non-profit agency following graduate school.

Applications can be dropped off in either Honors 202 or 227. Questions:

See below for additional information:

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Description: The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards college students who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. They will receive leadership training, graduate school counseling, preferential admission, and merit based aid to some premier graduate institutions, and internship opportunities with federal agencies. Scholars are required to work in public service for three of seven years following completion of a Foundation funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving funding. The Foundation defines public service as employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private school, and public service oriented non-profit organizations.

Dollar value: The Foundation awards $30,000 merit-based scholarships to college students who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service.

Eligibility: A Truman scholarship nominee must be:

  • A junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution;
  • In the upper quarter of his or her class;
  • A United States citizen, permanent resident or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Resident aliens (green card holders) are not eligible. 
  • A good candidate for the Truman Scholarship also:
  • Has an extensive records of public and community service;
  • Has an outstanding leadership potential and communication skills; and
  • Committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service, as defined by the Foundation.




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