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.
- U.S. citizen; U.S. national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; or resident of Puerto Rico.
- Outstanding leader.
- Strong record of public or community service.
- Demonstrated record of academic and intellectual achievement. At a minimum, candidates must be in the upper quarter of their junior class, except for residents of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa or the Northern Marianas, who must be in the upper quarter of their senior class.
- Plan a career in governmental, nonprofit or educational organization.
- GPA of 3.5 or above.
- Brandeis is limited to four nominations per year, but may not necessarily endorse the maximum number of candidates each year.
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.
- Completed application, including all essays, policy proposal and transcript(s). Access to the online application is controlled by the school's faculty representative, Meredith Monaghan.
- Three letters of recommendation (emailed directly to email@example.com).
Dates, Deadlines and Notification
- Intent-to-apply deadline: November 2, 2020
- Campus deadline: December 1, 2020
- Final deadline (for official nominees): February 2, 2021
- Notification of finalists: February 2021. Finalists are then interviewed at regional panels and winners are announced April 2021.
Recent Brandeis Winners, Finalists
- Jonathan Goldman ’19, finalist, 2017-18
- Jessye Kass ’13, finalist, 2011-12
- Marisa Turesky ’13, finalist, 2011-12
- Paul Balik ’10, finalist
- Brooke Rosenbauer ’08, winner
- Daniel Millenson ’08, finalist
- Josh Rosenthal ’07, finalist.
- Toby Harris ’05, winner
- Jonathan Sclarsic ’03, winner
- Lisa Cloutier ’02, winner
- Wendi Adelson ’01, winner
- Stephen Rabin ’00, winner