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The Truman Foundation awards 60-65 scholarships annually to college juniors in preparation for careers in public service. The scholarship includes up to $30,000 toward graduate studies, leadership training, and a 10-week Washington Summer Institute following graduation. The Foundation defines public service as government employment at any level, uniformed services, public interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or education organizations, public and private schools, and public-service orientated nonprofit organizations such as those whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment.
- U.S. Citizen or U.S. National
- current junior (based on graduation, not credit hours accumulated)
- planning to pursue an advanced degree
master's degree, a doctorate, or a professional degree such as a law degree or a Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Social Work, Master of Education, Master of Public Policy, or Master of International Affair
- intend to pursue a career in which you will serve as a "change agent," in time, improving the ways that government agencies, nonprofit organizations, or educational institutions serve the public
- online application form
- policy proposal
- three letters of recommendation
- official transcripts from all universities attended
Characteristics of a Competitive Application
Step 1 is to indicate intent to apply for the Truman Scholarship here no later than November 6, 2013.
This questionnaire includes submission of your recommenders and should not be submitted until you have identified those individuals and they have agreed to provide a recommendation. In response to this submission, you will receive detailed application instructions, and your recommenders will receive an email from NISO with information about the scholarship, submission instructions, and tips for writing a strong Truman Scholarship recommendation letter.
All applicants must be nominated by their college or university. As such, Purdue applicants are reviewed by an internal committee and up to 4 nominees are sent forward to the Truman Foundation for consideration.
All application materials must be submitted by the campus deadline of December 10, 2013