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Harry S Truman Scholarship

Offered by The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Sep 20, 2023
Multiple awards worth up to


Grade level

College Junior

Application deadline:

February 6, 2024

Scholarship Overview

Are you passionate about public service? If so, you should consider applying for the Harry S. Truman scholarship! This scholarship is open to college juniors who plan to attend graduate school in pursuit of a public service career. The scholarship is funded by the Truman Foundation, an organization dedicated to fostering the future of public service leadership in the U.S. Many scholarship recipients have gone on to serve in public office, as prosecutors and public defenders, as leaders of non-profit organizations, and as educators. The foundation awards roughly 60 scholarships per year. If you’re passionate about serving your community and you have a strong record of campus and community involvement, we encourage you to apply!

Eligibility information

In order to be eligible for this scholarship, you must be pursuing a major likely to lead to a public service career, and demonstrate interest in any graduate degree other than the MBA. You must also meet the below eligibility requirements.

Grade Level

College Junior


US Citizens

Minimum GPA

No GPA requirement

Academic Interest

Government/Public Service

Application information

To apply for this scholarship, you must submit a nomination letter from your institution and fill out the online application. As part of the application, you must submit a 500-word policy proposal addressing a problem in the professional field you hope to enter. Be sure to also submit the following application materials before the deadline.


Academic transcript

Letter of Recommendation

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Scholarship FAQ

When will the winner of this scholarship be announced?

The Harry S Truman Scholarship winner will be announced: February 23, 2024.

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation at [email protected].

Is this scholarship renewable?

No, the Harry S Truman Scholarship is not renewable.

Is this scholarship open to international or DACA students?

No, this scholarship is only open to U.S. Citizens.

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).
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