Harry Truman Scholarship: Up to $30,000

From the website:

The Truman is a highly competitive, merit-based award offered to U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals from Pacific Islands who want to go to graduate school in preparation for a career in public service. The scholarship offers:

  • Recognition of outstanding potential as a leader in public service;

  • Affirmation of values and ideals;

  • Enhanced access to highly competitive graduate institutions; 

  • Access to Scholar programs such as Truman Scholars Leadership Week, the Summer Institute and various Truman Fellows Programs;

  • Membership in a community of persons devoted to helping others and to improving the world; and,

  • Up to $30,000 to apply toward graduate study in the U.S. or abroad in a wide variety of fields.

Who are the Truman Scholars?

They are persons who have been recognized by the Truman Scholarship Foundation as future "change agents."  They have the passion, intellect, and leadership potential that in time should enable them to improve the ways that public entities - be they government agencies, nonprofit organizations, public and private educational institutions, or advocacy organizations - serve the public good.

Who is eligible to receive a Truman Scholarship?

U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals who are college or university students with junior-level academic standing and who wish to attend professional or graduate school to prepare for careers in government or the nonprofit and advocacy sectors where they will improve the ways these institutions work.  

Do you send out printed material upon request?  Is there a charge for application materials?

All of the materials available, including sample application materials, are posted on our website.  If you were told there was a fee for our application, or were directed to this site from a paid service, you should consult the Department of Education for additional information.