Truman Scholarships

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship was founded in 1975 to to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service. Students interested in the Truman should contact Dr. Laura Perille at


  • US Citizen.
  • GPA in the top 25% of your class. However, it is possible that the Truman will waive that requirement in light of genuinely exceptional public service.
  • Full-time student pursuing a bachelor’s degree with junior-level academic standing.
  • Institutional endorsement.

Application Process

In October of your junior year, you will submit your application for nomination to the Truman Scholars Selection Committee. The Committee will invite a number of students to interview, and then nominate four students for University endorsement. Endorsed students will work closely with the Office of Fellowships & Awards on their final applications.

To learn more about applying for the Truman, attend an information in the early fall semester or send an email to requesting a link to the most recent recording of a Truman Information Session.

Application for Nomination Components:


  • Internal Scholarship Deadline: October 25, 2019. Applications should be sent as ONE pdf document¬†to The Truman Selection Committee will then choose¬†applicants to be interviewed. Up to four applicants will then be endorsed as official university nominees to apply for the Truman.
  • External Scholarship Deadline: February 4, 2020

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