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Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program Benefits

Program Description

The Truman Scholarship is a highly competitive, merit-based award offered to U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals from Pacific Islands who wish to go to graduate school in preparation for a career in government, the non-profit sector or elsewhere in public service. Truman Scholars participate in leadership development programs and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the Federal government.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must currently be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate degree program, and be planning on attending graduate school to further a career in public service. At the time you apply, you must either have junior-level academic standing or senior-level standing in your third year of college enrollment. If you are a resident of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands or a Pacific Island, you may apply with senior-level standing.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information

Students cannot apply directly for Truman Scholarships but must be nominated by a Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative from their college or university. Each institution may nominate four students. In addition, four-year colleges and universities may nominate three transfer students from two-year colleges. You can identify your school's Faculty Representative through the "Faculty Representative Locator" tool on the Truman Foundation website:
If your school is not listed, you should contact a professor, advisor or other faculty member to see if they are willing to act as a Faculty Representative. You may wish to consult the "How to Become a Fac Rep" section in the guidance we provide on the current year's competition (visit and then click on the first link to access information on this year's competition). Potential Faculty Representatives may also call or email the Foundation for additional guidance:

[email protected]
More detailed information about the Truman Scholarships and the application process may be found on the Foundation's website: