Skip to Content

Search: {{$root.lsaSearchQuery.q}}, Page {{$}}

Truman Scholarship

U-M Nomination Deadline: Monday AFTER Thanksgiving by 12:00 noon. 

U-M Contact: Henry Dyson, Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF) 


Founded in 1975 as a living memorial to our thirty-third President, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation provides up to $30,000 for the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership. 

The Foundation is bipartisan and defines public service broadly as working for the common good.  Students in a wide variety of academic fields are encouraged to apply.

Institutional Endorsement: The Truman Scholarship does not accept direct applications; students must be nominated by U-M’s Truman Scholarship Committee.  

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or expect to receive citizenship by the date the scholarship will be awarded. 
  • Junior-level academic standing or third-year senior:  
    • 'Junior' here means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2022 and August 2023 OR a student in his or her third year of collegiate study who expects to graduate during the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • Commitment to work in government, education, the nonprofit sector, or public interest and advocacy for at least three of the first seven years after completing the Foundation-funded graduate degree.
  • Approximately top 25% of the class (although this is flexible) and/or competitive for admissions at the graduate programs at which they would use the Truman Scholarship. 
  • Extensive record of public service and leadership. 

Please see the Truman website for a more detailed description of successful applicants and profiles of recent winners.

Additional Tips:

The Truman Foundation also offers Advice & Guidance to candidates on their website.

Advice for Letter Writers: