Truman Scholarship

Must express interest in applying and email no later than October 31, 2023. Institutional nomination required.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship was established to celebrate and prepare the nation's next generation of public service leaders. The Truman Scholarship Foundation awards merit-based scholarships of up to $30,000 to support a public service-related graduate degree for college juniors who plan to pursue careers in government or other sectors of public service. Truman Scholars also participate in leadership development activities, internships, mentoring opportunities, and have preferential hiring with the federal government.

Application Materials

  • Application
  • Nomination letter for institution
  • Three additional letters of recommendation
  • Transcript(s)

What they’re looking for

  • Enrolled at an accredited institution
  • Planning to purse a job in public service
  • Graduating within the time established by the foundation
  • Must be in junior year

The Truman Foundation seeks candidates who are likely to make a difference in public service and who have an extensive record of public and community service. Truman scholarship candidates should also demonstrate outstanding leadership potential and communication skills, a deep commitment to a career in public service as defined by the Foundation, and have a record of academic achievement to succeed in the graduate program of their choice. 

The Truman Scholarship accepts nominations from institutions – students may not apply independently. To be considered as a nominee for the Truman Scholarship, interested students must meet with Oscar Chavez no later than October 31, 2023 to discuss candidacy potential and gain access to the application.

Truman applicants must complete and submit the Truman application (including the policy proposal, short essay responses, unofficial transcript(s), letters of recommendation) by WPI's December 19, 2023 internal deadline to be considered for nomination. Nominated students will be notified and will receive further instructions.

Academic Level
Field(s) of Study
Art and Architecture
Social Sciences
Law and Diplomacy
Application Deadline
Nomination Required
Citizen Status
U.S. Citizen