• The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards college students who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education, or elsewhere in public service. They will receive leadership training, graduate school counseling, preferential admission, and merit based aid to some premier graduate institutions, and internship opportunities with federal agencies. Scholars are required to work in public service for three of seven years following completion of a Foundation funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving funding. The Foundation defines public service as employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private school, and public service oriented non-profit organizations.

  • A Truman scholarship nominee must be: • A junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution; • Nominated by the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative at his or her respective institution; • In the upper quarter of his or her class; • A United States citizen, permanent resident or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Resident aliens (green card holders) are not eligible. A good candidate for the Truman Scholarship also: • Has an extensive records of public and community service; • Has an outstanding leadership potential and communication skills; and • Is committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service.

  • Funding toward graduate study with a view to public service.

  • The Foundation awards $30,000 merit-based scholarships to college students who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service.

  • International, Domestic

  • Junior

  • 3.2

  • Yes

  • 2016-11-04

  • Duke is allowed to nominate four students annually. Duke nominates based on your complete application and an interview. Complete Application due 8am on November 4, 2016. Pre-registration with OUSF is due by October 30, 2016.

  • 2017-02-03

  • Early Feb 2017

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    Application Process

    Duke is allowed to nominate four students each year for this prestigious scholarship.

    Students are selected as the nominees by a faculty commitee on the basis of a complete Truman application (including references and a transcript), and an interview. 

    Registration with OUSF is required to access the national on-line application.  Deadlines are at right.

    You must register with OUSF to have access to the full appliction.  You may download the form here.

    NEW IN 2016: Recommenders are asked to provide an outline of their application by the due date (in the past we have asked for a full letter). A handout for recommenders on the process is located here.

    • 2017 truman registration form
    • Registration form for the Truman Scholarship process.

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    • Truman Recommender Information Sheet
    • This is information that students applying for the Truman should share with their potential recommenders.

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