OURS National Scholarships

Truman Scholarship

Next campus Deadline:   January 2025

Campus Application Instructions (coming fall 2024)
Letter of Recommendation Submission Form
(coming fall 2024)

UCB recipients!

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship provides $30,000 to juniors planning to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in public service. Awardees also receive leadership training, graduate school counseling, preferential admission to premier graduate institutions, and internship opportunities with federal agencies. Each year, 60–65 scholarships are awarded to juniors from across the country.

Prospective applicants must make an appointment with Alicia Hayes, the Truman Foundation’s campus representative, to gain access to the online application.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be:

  • full-time junior (graduating between December 2025 and August 2026)
  • U.S. citizen or national, or expecting citizenship by date of the award
  • committed to a career in public service*

* The Truman Foundation defines public service as employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations, and public-service oriented nonprofit organizations, such as those whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment. Truman Scholars have pursued many fields of study, such as agriculture, engineering, economics, education, government, history, international relations, law, political science, public administration, and public health.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • leadership ability and potential for influencing public policies
  • community service and extracurricular activities
  • suitability of the applicant’s proposed program of study for a career in public service
  • strong academic performance and potential to perform well in a premier graduate school program.

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application, including policy proposal
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s commitment to a career in public service, leadership abilities and potential, and intellect and prospects for continuing academic success
  • Official copies of transcripts from all colleges attended


For more information about this opportunity, visit the Truman Scholarship website.