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Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program

What is Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program?

The Truman Scholarship is a very competitive, merit-based award presented to U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals from Pacific Islands who aspire to attend graduate school that prepares for a job in government, the non-profit sector or elsewhere in public service. Truman Scholars partake in leadership development programs and have unique opportunities for internships and job with the Federal government.


Who is eligible for this program?

In order to become eligible for this benefit program, you must presently be registered in an accredited undergraduate degree program, and be preparing on attending graduate school to pursue a career in public service. While you apply, you need to either have junior-level academic position or senior-level position in your third year of collegeadmission. If you are from Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands or a Pacific Island, you can apply with senior-level position.

How to apply?

Students must be nominated by a Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative from their college or university and cannot apply directly for Truman Scholarships. Every institution may elect four students. Apart from that, four-year colleges and universities may elect three transfer students from two-year colleges.

Program Contact Information

You can find your school's Faculty Representative through the "Faculty Representative Locator" tool on the Truman Foundation website:

If your school is not listed, you must get in touch with a professor, advisor or other faculty member to check if they are ready to act as a Faculty Representative. You can also check out the "How to Become a Fac Rep" section in the guidance they offer on the current year's competition (visit and then click on the first link to retrieve details on this year's competition). Potential Faculty Representatives can also contact or email the Foundation for additional guidance:

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Further detailed information about the Truman Scholarships and the application process can be read on the Foundation's website: