The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, the federal memorial to our thirty-third President, awards merit-based scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in 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 provides:
- Up to $30,000 toward a public service-related graduate degree. The Foundation has supported Truman Scholars in many fields of study, from agriculture, biology, engineering, technology, medicine, and environmental management, to fields such as economics, education, government, history, international relations, law, political science, public administration, nonprofit management, public health, and public policy.
- Truman Scholars Leadership Week. This event introduces new Scholars to the services provided by the Foundation and the many pathways to public service. Scholars participate in seminars and workshops with distinguished Truman alumni and other public service leaders, a group exercise about policy implementation, a graduate school and career fair with representatives from the schools and programs most attended by Truman Scholars, and community service events; this event is required of all Scholars.
- Summer Institute. Immediately after college graduation, Scholars have the opportunity to participate in an eight-week Summer Institute in Washington, DC. The Foundation helps to arrange internships with government agencies and nonprofit organizations, seminars and workshops, meetings with Washington policymakers and Truman alumni, and opportunities for community building among Scholars.
- Truman-Albright and Other Fellows Program. After Summer Institute, Scholars may elect to stay in Washington, DC, for a full year in the Truman-Albright Fellows Program; Truman-Albright Fellows are placed in public service jobs while participating in workshops, seminars, and mentoring opportunities. Additional fellowship opportunities, outlined on the Truman website, are available for Scholars as they move through the early stages of their careers in public service.
Skidmore may only nominate four students each year. To be eligible for this award, a student must be
- a full-time junior-level student at a four-year institution pursuing a bachelor's degree
- nominated by the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative at his or her institution;
- in the upper quarter of his or her class;
- a United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Resident aliens--green card holders--are not eligible).
He or she must also
- have an extensive record of public and community service;
- have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills; and
- be committed to a career in government or elsewhere in public service, as defined by the Foundation.
See Dates and Deadlines page for details.
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