About the Scholarship
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is a highly competitive and prestigious scholarship for college juniors who have outstanding leadership potential, plan to pursue careers in public service, and wish to attend graduate school in the U.S. or abroad to prepare for their careers. The scholarship carries an award of $30,000 plus a variety of educational and leadership development opportunities.
As many as 65 Truman Scholarships will be awarded nationally each year.
- be a current junior or have senior-level standing during their third year of college enrollment at the time of application.
- be a U.S. citizen (or U.S. national); or expect to receive U.S. citizenship by date scholarship is awarded.
USC juniors who demonstrate the following traits are invited to apply for campus endorsement:
- Outstanding leadership potential as demonstrated by elected positions in student government and clubs, organizing and implementing special programs or group projects.
- Extensive records of public and community service which include volunteer efforts, community organizing, and/or local political involvement.
- Commitment to careers in government or in the public or not-for-profit sector as demonstrated by previous internship or work experience.
- Strong desire to influence public policy.
- Possess intellectual strength in their written, analytical and communication skills.
- Clear intent to pursue a graduate degree program. Most Truman Scholars seek juris doctors or master’s and doctoral degrees in public administration, public policy, public health, international relations, government, economics, social services, education, urban planning, conservation and environmental protection. Scholars who are proposing multiple degrees need to state the case for why all degrees are needed to pursue public service career.