The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships of up to $30,000 to college students who have outstanding leadership potential, plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service, and wish to attend graduate school to help prepare for their careers. 75-80 scholarships will be awarded to outstanding college juniors across the country.
Priority is given to candidates proposing to enroll in graduate programs specifically oriented to careers in public service.
These include master's, Ph.D., and J.D. programs in: public administration; public policy analysis; public health; international relations; government; economics; social service delivery; education and human resource development; and conservation and environmental protection.
The Truman Scholarship provides $3,000 toward the recipient's final year of undergraduate study and $27,000 for graduate study.
An outstanding application, will among other things:
The University of Puget Sound may nominate up to four students. All application materials must be submitted by the Fellowships Office following an internal competition. The application deadline is in December.
Persons interested in applying for the Truman Scholarship can visit the Truman Scholarship website. The next step is a visit to the Graduate and Undergraduate Fellowships Office (Howarth 114J) where a Letter of Intent is to be filed.
The Truman Scholarship is highly competitive. An applicant must meet all set deadlines --both on the University of Puget Sound campus and the scholarship's-- and is expected to work closely with the Fellowships Office.
An internal competition will determine those applications which are worthy of being forwarded to the District competition.
If granted an interview as a Truman Finalist, students will be asked probing questions that assess their intellectual strength, communication skills, and analytic abilities; understanding of public policy issues in their general fields and the roles of government in addressing these issues; commitment to public service; and likelihood of making a difference. Mock Interviews will be held on the University of Puget Sound campus for all finalists.