The Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The Truman Foundation is the nation’s official living memorial to the thirty-third president and the presidential monument to public service. The Truman Scholarship is a very competitive national scholarship. Each year, the Foundation reviews over 600 applications for  55 to 65 Scholarships awarded annually.

How do students apply for the Truman Scholarship?

Students must be nominated by their institution in a process conducted by the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative.  The process may vary from institution to institution.  Please contact the Faculty Representative at your institution as soon as possible as several schools have early deadlines.  A listing of Faculty Representatives is available in the Faculty Rep Locator (see website link below).

What if my school doesn’t have a Faculty Rep?

You will need to find a faculty or staff member willing to serve in this capacity.  Please have them consult How to Become a Faculty Rep for more information.

What is the deadline for the annual Truman competition?

Applications are due, by 11:59 pm in your time zone, on the first Tuesday in February.  Your school may have an earlier deadline.

What must each application include?

Applications must include:

The application form and policy proposal;
A nomination letter from your institution;
Three additional letters of recommendation; and
A transcript.

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