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Truman Scholarship

Scholarship Summary: $30,000 for graduate or professional school for juniors who are committed to making a difference through public service. Selection based on academic promise, service potential, and leadership.

Official Website

Recommenders: Truman Recommendation Advice (from an experienced fellowship advisor, courtesy of Penn State, which includes samples)


What is the Truman Scholarship?

Provides college juniors who are committed to careers in government, the non-profit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in public service with the financial support for graduate study, leadership training and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service. The scholarship is a $26,000 merit-based federal grant for graduate or professional school. Requires university endorsement.

Who can apply for the Truman Scholarship?

Please see here for the criteria of a competitive Truman Scholarship applicant.


Important Dates
Date & Time
Information Sessions
9/18/14, 3:30pm
CUSE (110 Brownson)
Pre-Application Deadline
10/1/14, 12:00 noon
Application Feedback Deadline
11/3/14, 12:00 noon
Campus Application Deadline
11/18/2014, 12:00 noon

All online sessions can be accessed at:


What are my next steps if I want to learn more and/or am thinking about applying?

1. Download the Information sheet (PDF).

2. Attend/view an information session. (See above.)

3. Submit a Pre-Application and schedule an appointment with CUSE National Fellowships (see above for deadline).

4. If it is after the Pre-Application deadline, contact us to see if we are still accepting applications.