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Who is eligible? Full-time juniors with significant records of community service and meaningful leadership activities. Students must be pursuing a bachelor's degree and intend to study full time as seniors. They must be a citizen or a national of the United States, and have a GPA of at least 3.3.
When is the Deadline? Campus: Mid-December
Truman: Early February
Description The intent of this scholarship is to select individuals with high potential for leadership and future success in public service. The Foundation defines public service as participation in government or in areas related to the public interest, with an emphasis on the student as a potential change agent. The Scholarship awards up to $30,000 towards a public service related advanced degree. Truman Scholars participate in Leadership Week in Liberty, MO. They also have the opportunity to participate in the Summer Institute immediately following college graduation, an eight-week internship opportunity with different DC nonprofits and government agencies.
How Do I Apply? Candidates must be nominated by Marist College, and may not apply directly. Student applications must be submitted to the nomination committee.
Essay(s): An essay of no more than 500 words that analyzes a public policy issue of particular interest to the student. Also, pivotal short essays on the applicant's significant contributions as a leader and to a particular community.
What happens after I submit an application? If nominated, the committee will provide feedback on your application, which you should use to finalize your materials, and the College will then submit your application to the Foundation.
What's next? Approximately two weeks following the Truman deadline, the Foundation selects about 200 Finalists who are interviewed by regional selection panels in late February and March. The Foundation named sixty-two students as Truman Scholars in 2017.
The Foundation awards scholarships for college students to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. Each award totals $30,000, of which $2,000 is allocated for senior year tuition at the student's undergraduate institution and the remainder supports the student's graduate studies. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government.
For more information visit the
Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation website
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