The Harry S. Truman Foundation awards merit-based scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or other public service. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school, participate in leadership development activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.


The Foundation has supported Truman Scholars in many fields of study, including agriculture, biology, engineering, environmental management, physical and social sciences, and technology policy, as well as in traditional fields such as economics, education, government, history, international relations, law, political science, public administration, nonprofit management, public health, and public policy.


Up to $30,000 in support for graduate studies toward a public service-related degree.


The applicant must:

  • Bea United States citizen or United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • Be nominated by his or her current institution.
  • Apply during his or her junior year of undergraduate study.
  • Be committed to a career in public service.
  • Rank in the upper quarter of his or her class.

Applications are due in early February. Ohio Wesleyan has an earlier deadline for submission of materials to Dr. Roden.