Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program

Created by Congress in 1975, the Truman Foundation is the nation’s official living memorial to our 33rd president and The Presidential Memorial to Public Service. The hallmark of the foundation’s work is the Truman Scholarship, the premier graduate fellowship in the United States for those pursuing careers as public service leaders.

The foundation's mission is to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service, and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Limitations


Graduate study in the United States. MPA/MPP, JD, MEd, MIA, MPH and master's or doctoral degrees in fields in which most graduates go into public service preferred.

Amount, Duration of Award

Awards are for one academic year. Scholars receive approximately $2,000 in their senior year and approximately $30,000 for graduate school studies. Nationally, approximately 700 students are nominated each year, about 220 receive interviews and 75 to 80 are ultimately chosen to be Truman Scholars.

Application Requirements

Dates, Deadlines and Notification

Recent Brandeis Winners, Finalists