» Truman Scholarship


The Harry S. Truman Scholarship seeks juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education, or elsewhere in the public service. The scholarship supports graduate or professional study, leadership training, and fellowship with other scholars who are committed to making a difference through public service. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school, participate in leadership development activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.

Candidate Profile:

Extensive record of community and public service; Outstanding leadership potential and communication skills; Commitment to a career in public service; Likelihood of becoming a change agent in his/her chosen field.


  • Full-time junior-level student pursuing a bachelor’s degree with extensive record of public and community service
  • Minimum GPA of 3.6
  • Must use funding to obtain a master’s degree, a doctorate, or a professional degree (such as a law degree)
  • Committed to a career in government or elsewhere in public service
  • Required to work in public serve for three of the seven years following completion of the funded graduate degree program.


Up to $30,000 in support for graduate studies toward a public service-related degree; funding may be used only for tuition, fees, books, room and board, or other specifically approved expenses.

Number of Awards:

Two per state.