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Truman Scholarship

Overview and Introduction

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. 


  • Academics: Most successful applicants have a strong academic record.
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen  
  • Degree-Level: Junior standing with full-time enrollment. 
  • Other: Extensive record of public service and leadership. 

Application Deadlines

  • Campus Deadline: First Monday of December by 12:00 noon. 
  • Endorsement: This scholarship requires U-M endorsement. Applications are submitted directly the U-M Selection Committee. 
  • Selection Notification: early-April  


Prospective Applicants

Prospective applicants are encouraged to join the U-M Nominated Scholarships Canvas site for an overview of the application, program requirements, additional advising information, and more.  

Application Summary

Truman applicants should refer to the ONSF Canvas site for full, detailed instructions. 

  1. Three letters of recommendation
  2. Fill out the Truman Application on the Truman website to upload to our U-M application system, which includes question categories: Awards and Leadership, Public Service, Graduate Studies & Beyond, and Policy Proposal
  3. U-M Transcript

Review full eligibilty requirements and selection criteria on the Truman Scholarship website.