Applications are invited for Harry S. Truman Scholarship from college students pursuing a public service-related graduate degree. Students must be a United States citizen, United States national, or a permanent resident of American Samoa.
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation – the federal memorial to our thirty-third President – awards merit-based awards to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service.
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- Application Deadline: February 5, 2019
- Course Level: The studentships are available for pursuing a graduate degree program.
- Study Subject: The Foundation has supported Truman Scholars in many fields of study, from agriculture, biology, engineering, technology, medicine, and environmental management, to fields such as economics, education, government, history, international relations, law, political science, public administration, nonprofit management, public health, and public policy.
- Award: Up to $30,000 toward a public service-related graduate degree. The award may be used only for tuition, fees, books, room and board, or other specifically approved expenses. Payments from the Foundation may be received to supplement, but not to duplicate, benefits from the educational institution or from other foundations, institutions, or organizations. The combined benefits from all sources may not exceed the costs of tuition, fees, books, and room and board as prescribed by the institution.
- Number of Awards: The Foundation may select up to 15 at-large Scholars in 2019.
- Nationality: Students must be a United States citizen, United States national, or a permanent resident of American Samoa
- The award can be taken in the USA
- Eligible Countries: Students must be a United States citizen, United States national, or a permanent resident of American Samoa.
- Entrance Requirements: Each nominee for the Truman Scholarship must be:
A good candidate for the Truman Scholarship meets the above eligibility requirements and also:
- a full-time junior-level student at a four-year institution pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the 2018-2019 academic year. ‘Junior’ here means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2019 and August 2020, or a student in his or her third year of collegiate study who expects to graduate during the 2018-2019 academic year;
- nominated by the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative at his or her institution;
- in the upper quarter of his or her class; and
- a United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa. Resident aliens (green card holders) are not eligible.
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 schools, and public service-oriented nonprofit organizations.In 2019, one support will be available to a qualified resident nominee in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and, considered as a single entity, the Islands: Guam, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. (Residency is generally determined by home address for school registration, family’s primary residence, and voter registration.) The Foundation may select up to 15 at-large Scholars in 2019.
- has an extensive record of public and community service;
- has outstanding leadership potential and communication skills; and
- is committed to a career in government or elsewhere in public service, as defined by the Foundation.
How to Apply: Candidates must first be nominated by the Truman Faculty Representative at their institution. Candidates must first be nominated by the Truman Faculty Representative at their institution. Each accredited four-year institution may nominate up to four students for the 2019 awards. Four-year institutions may also nominate three additional transfer students who began their academic career elsewhere.
To access application materials, the Faculty Representative register the student at www.truman.gov. The student will receive an email from the Foundation with the instructions. Candidates may use the sample application on the website as a guide.