The Truman Scholarship is a highly prestigious national award that recognizes the nation's top undergraduates committed to public service careers. Truman Scholars receive funding for their last year of undergraduate education, as well as for graduate school. Perhaps more importantly, Truman Scholars have the possibility of summer internships, receive career and professional development, and join a powerful network of Truman Scholar alumni.
The primary criteria for selecting Truman Scholars are:
1. Extensive record of campus and community service;
2. Commitment to a career in government or the nonprofit and advocacy sectors;
3. Communication skills and a high probability of becoming a "change agent"; and
4. Strong academic record with likely acceptance to the graduate school of the candidate's choice.
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. Some Scholars have pursued medical, physical science or even business degrees - but those Scholars were able to clearly demonstrate how these degrees would further their careers in public service.
Introduction to the Truman Scholarship Foundation