Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Provides funding for graduate school in support of a career in public service.

The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection. The Foundation also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development. Scholars are invited to participate in a number of programs: Truman Scholar Leadership Week, The Summer Institute, The Truman Fellows Program, and the Public Service Law Conference. Please visit the For Scholars section of the Truman website for an overview of the programs the Foundation currently offers for Scholars.

Read about Soreti Teshome, UChicago's 2017-18 Truman Scholar

Read more about Samuel Boland, UChicago's 2015 Truman Scholar

Watch the 2016 40th Anniversary Truman video to learn more about the program and its scholars!

Deadline Information

*NEW* Primer Deadline: Monday, October 22, 2018

Campus Deadline: Monday, November 26, 2018

National Deadline: Tuesday, February 5, 2019


Truman Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Foundation-funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving Truman funds.

Eligibility Requirements

Third-years who intend on pursuing graduate school and a career in public service. Applicants must be US citizens. The College may nominate up to four applicants. There is no strict GPA requirement, although evidence of academic success is valued.

Application Process

Students must be nominated by the University of Chicago to apply for this award. The University may nominate four students to move forward to the National Competition.

Please complete the Truman Scholarship Primer by Monday, October 15 and schedule a meeting with Nicholas Morris to discuss the next steps. The primer is a non-binding, brainstorming tool used to help in the application advising process. Students will be asked to outline a rough sketch of: the issue that drives their interest in public service, their most significant leadership experience and satisfying public service activity, and potential graduate school. A paragraph or two on each will be sufficient for the primer. Additionally, students will be asked to identify potential letter of recommendation writers and attach a CV/Resume.

In order to be nominated by the University, students must submit a complete Truman Scholarship Campus Application by 11:59pm on Monday, November 26. Applications are submitted through the Truman Scholarship Portal (students must register through the CCRF). The complete Campus Application includes:

As you brainstorm and write, you are strongly encouraged to leverage the Truman Scholarship website: truman.gov. In particular, Advice & Guidance provides indispensable insight into the application process. For a more informal, though no less authoritative, voice please refer to the Truman Scholarship twitter account, @trumanapp -- their #TrumanTips are invaluable.

For more information on this opportunity, please contact: 
Nicholas Morris