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Truman Scholarship: Application deadline

November 1, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

Truman Scholars are future “change agents” who have the desire, intellect, and leadership potential that in time will likely enable them to improve the way that public entities such as including government agencies and non-profit organizations serve the public. More than 50 juniors are selected as Truman Scholars each year to receive $30,000 for graduate studies. Applicants must have a strong academic and service record and plan to pursue a graduate program geared toward public service.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation gives priority to master’s and doctorate programs in public administration, public policy analysis, public health, international relations, government, economics, social services delivery, education and human resource development, and conservation and environmental protection. Students who plan to pursue medical or law degrees must make a convincing case that they do so for purposes of public service.

The Truman Scholarship has a newly instituted service requirement. As a condition of receiving the award, Truman Scholars are now required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Truman Scholars Foundation-funded graduate degree program. Truman Scholars who do not meet this service requirement, or who fail to provide timely proof to the Foundation of such employment, will be required to repay funds received along with interest. The Foundation will have an appeals process for special circumstances.