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Truman Scholarship

Apply through Reed Fellowships and Awards Committee

Internal Deadline: November 4th, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Liaison: Mónica López Lerma

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The Harry S. Truman Scholarship provides awards of up to $30,000 to approximately 60 students each year (from approximately 600 applications) to support graduate degrees in public service fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of application but will use the funding to cover the first and second years of graduate school. Public Service is broadly defined by the Truman Foundation and includes: government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private schools, and public service oriented nonprofit organizations such as those whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment. The Foundation gives priority to candidates seeking one or more of the following degrees or equivalents: MPA/MPP, JD, MEd, MIA, MSW, MPH, and master's or doctorate degrees in fields in which most graduates go into public service.


Each nominee for the Truman Scholarship must be
  • a full-time junior-level student at a four-year institution pursuing a bachelor's degree;
  • nominated by the College;
  • in the upper quarter of their class;
  • a United States citizen or a United States national.

Selection Criteria

The 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. Criteria for selecting Truman Scholars are
  • extensive record of public and community service;
  • outstanding leadership potential and communication skills; and
  • commitment to a career in government or elsewhere in public service, as defined by the Foundation.

Application Procedure

Interested students should review our internal application instructions. Contact CLBR Fellowships with any questions.