» Truman Scholarship

Purpose:  To promote graduate study for the purpose of developing leadership skills that enable students to become “change agents” by improving the ways that government agencies, nonprofit organizations, or educational institutions serve the public.

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.

Award: 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.

Deadline: First Tuesday of February

Website:  www.truman.gov

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