This program requires university review and endorsement.
Intent to Apply/Endorsement Deadline: October 15
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.
University nomination is required. See How to Apply for more information.
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.
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:
Truman Scholars typically have:
- a US Citizen or National
- a junior (planning to graduate in the next academic year)
- 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. More information about the current year's competition, application resources, and guidelines are available on Drexel Fellowships Resource Site (Drexel login required)
Applying for nomination involves a few steps:
Step 1. Get ready
Students interested in applying and seeking Drexel University nomination for the Truman Scholarship should attend an info session and review information on the Drexel Fellowships Resource 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.
Step 2: Apply for Campus Nomination
Required Nomination Deadline: October 15
To apply for nomination, students must submit an Intent to Apply form, and send a one-page cover letter explaining why they think their goals and interests align with Truman’s mission and why they think they’re a strong candidate, as well as a signed scholarship waiver. Cover letters and waivers should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Truman Nomination Application” no later than October 15.
The Drexel University Selection Committee will evaluate your application according to Truman's selection criteria, based on a review of your materials and will select for nomination those candidates who best demonstrate the potential to be Truman Scholars. Truman Nominees will be announced by November 15 and will receive feedback for revising and preparing a complete application. Please note that we will not give draft feedback on application materials for the nomination process.
Step 3. Nominee Campus Review
Campus Review Deadline (for nominees): Early January
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: First Tuesday in February
Nominees must submit all revised application materials and letters of recommendation electronically by this deadline.
The Center for Scholar Development will submit your complete application, along with an official University Nomination Letter and transcripts to the Truman Foundation. Finalists will be invited for an interview in March-April. We will coordinate mock interviews for those students called to an interview. The final selection will be announced shortly after the interview.
Fields of Study:
- Arts and Creative Fields
- Business and Law
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
- Social Sciences and Humanities
- $30,000 + Truman Scholars Leadership Week + summer institute + additional programs
Introduction to the Truman Scholarship Foundation