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Truman Scholarship


This program requires university review and endorsement.

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. Review Drexel's Truman Application Process Timeline 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. More information about the current year's competition, application resources, and guidelines are available on our 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 our Fellowships Resource Site to learn more about the Truman Scholarship.

    Can't make it to an info session? Email for next steps.

  • Step 2: Apply for Campus Nomination
    Required Nomination Deadline: Monday of Week 5 of the Fall Term

    Students interested in seeking Drexel University nomination for the Truman Scholarship should submit a Nomination Application form. This will also require you to upload a resume or CV, a signed Scholarship Waiver, and answers to some short essay questions drawn from the actual Truman application.
    This application is basis on which the committee selects Drexel's Truman nominees, so be sure to spend some time planning out your answers and editing your responses carefully. To help you plan your application, you can preview the questions on the form here.

    The Drexel University Selection Committee will evaluate your application according to Truman's selection criteria and will select for nomination those candidates who best demonstrate the potential to be Truman Scholars. Truman Nominees will be announced in early November 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.
    Undergraduate Research and Enrichment Programs 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.


Last updated: July 2022

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
  • US National or Permanent Resident

Program Length:

  • Multi-year


  • Nomination: October 15 

    campus deadline
    Contact UREP for more information

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad


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