Truman Scholarship


Please consult the program website to confirm details, including applicable deadlines.

Program Purpose: 
Funded in honor of the 33rd President, the Truman Scholarship awards merit scholarships to college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in public service.
Program Description and Benefits: 
Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school in the US or abroad, as well as funded participation in the Truman Scholarship Week. This scholarship week, attendance at which is mandatory, introduces Scholars to the Foundation's services and the many public service pathways. Scholars participate in seminars and workshops with distinguished Truman alumni and other public service leaders, a policy analysis project, community service events, and a graduate school and career fair with representatives from the schools and programs most attended by Truman Scholars. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Truman Scholars are also invited to participate in the Summer Institute and Truman-Albright Fellows Program. __________________________________________________________________________________________________ About the Summer Institute: The summer following graduation from college, Scholars have the opportunity to participate in a 10-week Summer Institute in Washington, DC. The Foundation arranges internships with government agencies and nonprofit organizations, as well as seminars, meetings with Washington policymakers and Truman alumni, and provides community-building opportunities among Scholars. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ About the Truman-Albright Fellows Program: After the Summer Institute, 24 Scholars are selected to stay on in Washington, DC for a full year in the Fellows Program. Fellows are placed in public service jobs, usually with the federal government, while participating in a graduate level public policy course, meetings with Washington policy experts, and a community service program of their own design.
Supported Fields: 
The "public service-related degrees" supported by the Foundation encompass many fields of study, including agriculture, biology, engineering, environmental management, physical and social sciences, and technology policy, as well as traditional fields such as economics, education, government, history, international relations, law, nonprofit management, political science, public administration, public health, and public policy.
Application Process: 
Applications for the Truman involve several short essays, as well as a public policy proposal. _________________________________________________________________________________________________ The University may nominate up to 4 students who matriculated at San Francisco State as freshmen, and 3 students who have transferred from community college. _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Finalists participate in a national Truman Selection Committee interview..
Applicant Profile: 
Successful applicants will be outstanding leaders with extensive public and community service, strong academic records and communication skills, and a commitment to becoming a "change agent" in their chosen field.
College juniors in the top quarter of the class.
Recipients of the Truman Scholarship must attend the Truman Scholarship Week. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Scholars may defer enrollment in a graduate program for up to 4 years. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ As a condition of receiving Truman funds, Scholars are required to work in public service for 3 of the 7 years that follow completion of a funded graduate program.
U.S. citizens or nationals.
Program Deadline: 
The national deadline, usually in early February, does not directly apply to students, who must apply for nomination through the University by the campus deadline.
University Deadline: 
November 2 annually. If this date falls on a weekend, then noon on the following Monday.
More information: 
How To Apply: 
This program requires institutional nomination. Students may not apply directly to the foundation or program. Instead, applicants must apply through the University by the campus deadline. Please note that University nomination is not guaranteed. Applicants are encouraged to work with the Fellowships Office well in advance of the internal deadline to perfect their application essays and other materials. __________________________________________________________________________________________________ To learn more about the Truman program, or to receive feedback on your application materials, feel free to email Dr. Joy Viveros, Truman Representative, and Executive Coordinator and Advisor of the Fellowships Office, for an appointment.