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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.

Signature of program: 

Funding for graduate study for those committed to careers in broad public service.


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.

Amount of award: 

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.


Domestic, International



Endorsement Required: 




Scholarship deadline: 

February 3, 2017

Campus deadline: 

November 20, 2017

Duke is allowed to nominate four students annually. Duke nominates based on your complete application and an interview. Complete Application due 8am. Pre-registration with OUSF is due by November 7, 2017.

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