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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.

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?

The primary eligibility abnd selection criteria are as follows:

1. Full-time student pursuing a bachelor's degree with junior-level academic standing; or senior-level standing in the third year of college enrollment
2. U.S. citizen (or a U.S. national from a Pacific Island) by the date the Scholarship will be awarded
3. Extensive record of campus and community service
4. Commitment to a career in government or the nonprofit and advocacy sectors
5. Communication skills and a high probability of becoming a "change agent"
6. Strong academic record with likely acceptance to the graduate school of the candidate's choice


Important Dates
Date & Time
Information Sessions
Week of 9/8/14
Week of 9/8/14
Screening Application Workshops
Week of 9/15/14
Week of 9/15/14
Screening Application Deadline
10/1/14, 12:00 noon
Campus Application Workshop
Week of 10/13/14
Week of 10/13/14
Campus Application Deadline
11/18/14, 12:00 noon
Campus Interviews
Week of 12/1/14
Nominee Deadline
by 1/30/15
Final Deadline
2/3/15, 12:00 noon
Mock Interviews
Week of 3/2/14

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 and take note of the Screening Application deadline (see above)

3. If it is after the Screening Application deadline, contact us to see if we are still accepting applications

4. Contact CUSE National Fellowships if you still have questions

Once you have decided to apply...

1. Attend/view a Screening Application workshop (see above)

2. Coming Soon: Read the Screening Application Instructions (PDF)

3. Coming Soon: Read the Advice for completing the Screening Application (PDF)

4. Coming Soon: Download and complete the Screening Application Form (Word)

5. Submit the Screening Application Form and Supplementary Material (see Instructions)

6. Wait to hear from CUSE National Fellowships about further steps