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Truman Scholarship

*The 2018 Truman Scholarship Application is now open*

The Truman Scholarship is a highly prestigious national program that recognizes and supports the nation's top undergraduates committed to public service leadership. The Truman Scholarship recognizes future "change agents" and leaders who will make a difference by improving conditions in society or the ways that government, nonprofit organizations, or educational institutions serve the public.

Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 toward a graduate degree in public-service related fields. Perhaps more importantly, Truman Scholars gain opportunities for summer  internships, receive career and professional development, and join a powerful network of Truman Scholar alumni.

University nomination is required. See How to Apply for more information.

Who can apply? Who should apply? 

The Truman Foundation is looking for talented students with the passion, leadership, and preparation to make a difference through a career in in government or the nonprofit and advocacy sectors.

To be eligible, you must be:

  • a US Citizen or National
  • a junior (planning to graduate in the next academic year)
Truman Scholars typically have:

  • a strong academic record (GPA above 3.4);
  • an extensive record of campus and community service;
  • outstanding leadership and communication skills;
  • a vision and commitment to working for the public good through a career in government or the nonprofit and advocacy sectors.

Candidates are evaluated on the basis of leadership ability, potential for influencing public policies, community service and extracurricular activities, suitability of the applicant's proposed program of study, academic performance, and potential to perform well in a top graduate 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 pursuing medical, physical science and business degrees must be able to clearly demonstrate how these degrees would further their careers in public service.

How to Apply

To apply for the Truman Scholarship, you must be nominated by Drexel University. We hold an open campus competition for nomination each fall.

Applying for nomination involves a few steps:

Step 1. Get ready

Attend an info session and/or sign-up for the Fellowships Office Blackboard/Learn site to learn more about the Truman Scholarship.

Can't make it to an info session? Come to our Drop-in Advising Hours or request an appointment with a fellowships advisor. Students are strongly encouraged to contact us in advance of the campus deadline to discuss the program and how to prepare a strong application.

Step 2. Apply for Campus Nomination 

Required Nomination Deadline: November 3, 2017
You must complete STEP 1 and submit a campus application to be considered for university nomination.

Truman Nominees will be announced shortly thereafter and provided with feedback for revising and preparing a complete application. Sample application materials are available on the Fellowships BB/Learn site (sign-up here).

Step 3. Nominee Campus Review 

Campus Review Deadline (for nominees): TBD 
Nominated students will submit a revised, complete application, including letters of recommendation by this date. Nominees will meet with the nominating committee in early January to discuss their applications and receive additional feedback.

Step 4. National Deadline

Final Application Deadline: February 6, 2018


Additional Information

To learn more about applying for the Truman Scholarship, visit the official Truman Scholarship website:


Related Awards:
Udall Scholarship; Philly Fellows; Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship Program

Last updated: September 2017

Fields of Study:

  • Arts and Creative Fields
  • Business and Law
  • Education
  • Health
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences and Humanities


  • United States

Program Type:

  • Study


  • US Citizen

Program Length:

  • Multi-year


  • November 

    campus deadline
    Contact DFO for more information

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad


  • $30,000 + Truman Scholars Leadership Week + summer institute + additional programs

Fellowship Videos

Introduction to the Truman Scholarship Foundation