The Harry S. Truman Scholarship
The Truman Scholarship Foundation seeks out college juniors who have exceptional leadership potential and intend to develop careers in government, the nonprofit sector, education, or other areas of public service. The foundation provides Truman Scholars with financial support for graduate study, leadership training and other professional development opportunities, and fellowship with like-minded students. Roughly 60 awards are granted each year.
Truman Scholars receive $3,000 for their senior years, and up to $30,000 for graduate studies funding. In addition, scholars are invited to participate in numerous leadership training and professional development programs, such as a Leadership Week, Summer Institute, the Truman-Albright Fellows Program, and the Truman Scholars Association. Scholars also gain priority admission and additional financial aid at certain premier graduate schools.
The Truman Scholarship has a 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 the scholarship.
External deadline: February 2011 (TBA)
- be a U.S. citizen
- be a current junior
- intend to go to graduate school
- intend to pursue a career in public service (includes government, education, the nonprofit sector, or the public interest/advocacy sector)
- demonstrate a strong record of public service through extensive participation in extracurricular and leadership activities, particularly those related to stated career interests
- have a strong academic record (should be in top 25% of graduating class)
- be nominated to apply by Fordham University, through the Office for Prestigious Fellowships