OPPORTUNITY: $30,000 Truman Scholarship for graduate school
Author: Sustainability Leadership Center
Posted: October 17, 2013


Harry S. Truman Scholarship

                            Do your duty and history will do you justice. Harry S. Truman


Are you…?

  • A Full-time junior-level student
  • In the upper quarter of your class
  • A U.S. citizenship or permanent residence

Do you…?

  • Have an extensive record of public and community service
  • Have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills
  • Want to receive up to $30,000 toward graduate or professional school





History & Mission

The Truman Scholarship 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.


Benefits & Responsibilities

Scholarships go to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service. Up to $30,000 in support is awarded for graduate or professional school. Scholarship recipients participate in leadership development activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.



The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation works in partnership with its established academic partners and only accepts applications submitted through the nominating office or program. STUDENTS MAY NOT APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE PROGRAM.


Students MUST be nominated by the Fellowship Liaison/University Honors adviser to represent Portland State University within this national competition


Each application must include the following components:

  • A completed application available here (fully-proofread, all PSU nominees MUST respond to Item 15)
  • Policy Proposal
  • Institutional nomination - This component will be written and submitted by the Fellowships Liaison
  • Current PSU Transcript– Request transcript online or at Neuberger Hall. Allow 7-10 days for processing.
  • Additional transcripts- Request transcripts from other institutions you have attended.
  • Three recommendations -Final versions of nominee recommendations MUST be submitted to the Fellowships Liaison ( by Jan. 7, 2014. Each letter should address/highlight one of these categories.

·       Leadership Abilities and Potential– Corresponds to Question 7 on the Truman Application

·       Commitment to a Career in Public Service

·       Intellect and Prospects for Continuing Academic Success


How to get started:

  • Spend time exploring the Truman site.
  • Attend information sessions offered from August through October. More Information on Fellowships website
  • Start writing a list of your accomplishments, failures (lessons learned), volunteer & leadership positions, future career goals etc.
  • Contact your faculty to request letters of recommendations. Review FAQs for faculty and students on Fellowships website


Campus Contact:

Leena Shrestha, National Fellowships Liaison




Campus Nomination Application Deadline      Tuesday, January 7, 2014