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									The Harry S. Truman Scholarship - http://www.truman.gov

Description: The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards college students who wish to
attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. They
will receive leadership training, graduate school counseling, preferential admission, and merit based
aid to some premier graduate institutions, and internship opportunities with federal agencies. Scholars
are required to work in public service for three of seven years following completion of a Foundation
funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving funding. The Foundation defines public
service as employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations,
non-governmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private school, and public
service oriented non-profit organizations.

Dollar value: The Foundation awards $30,000 merit-based scholarships to college students who wish
to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service.

Number of scholarships: Seventy to seventy-five scholarships

Eligibility: A Truman scholarship nominee must be:
    ► A junior pursuing a bachelor's degree at a four-year institution;
    ► Nominated by the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative at his or her respective
          institution;
    ► In the upper quarter of his or her class;
    ► A United States citizen, permanent resident or a United States national from American Samoa
          or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Resident aliens (green card holders)
          are not eligible.
A good candidate for the Truman Scholarship also:
    ► Has an extensive record of public and community service;
    ► Has outstanding leadership potential and communication skills; and
    ► Is committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service, as defined by the
          Foundation.

Application Procedures: Candidates must first be nominated by the Truman Faculty Representative
at their institution. Each accredited four-year institution may nominate up to four students for the 2010
awards. Four-year institutions may also nominate three additional students who completed their first
two years at a community college. Institutions may nominate candidates who are participating in
junior year abroad programs.

Important Dates:
   • Foundation deadline: February 2, 2010 
   • Campus will likely have an earlier deadline for submission of materials to the Truman 
       Faculty Representative.


Contact:
The Harry S. Truman Foundation
12 Jackson Place, NW Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 395-4831 Fax: (202) 395-6995
Email: office@truman.gov
                                       Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation?
It is the official federal memorial to our 33rd president. The Foundation is a federal executive branch
agency that administers the Truman Scholarship program. The agency is governed by a board of
trustees appointed by the President of the United States and Congress, endowed by a $55 million trust
in the U.S. Treasury, and supported by a program staff of six and more than 100 distinguished public
servants and former Truman Scholars who participate in the selection process.

Who are Truman Scholars?
They are persons who have been recognized by the Truman Scholarship Foundation as future "change
agents." They have the passion, intellect, and leadership potential that in time should enable them to
improve the ways that public entities--be they government agencies, nonprofit organizations, public
and private primary and secondary schools, or advocacy organizations--serve the public good.

How does the Foundation define "public service"?
The Foundation defines "public service" as employment in government at any level, uniformed
services, public interest organizations, non-governmental research and/or educational organizations,
public and private schools, and public service oriented nonprofit organizations such as those whose
primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment.

How important is the public service record?
A Candidate's public service record is one of the most important criteria for selection. Students
without an extensive public service background will not be successful Candidates - regardless of GPA
or other accomplishments. Unlike other gaps in the application (a lower class rank, no government
internship experience, etc.), a lack of public service cannot be ameliorated by achievement elsewhere.

How important are grades?
The Truman does not have a minimum GPA requirement - and grades are considered less important
than either the Candidate's public service experiences or his/her leadership record. Candidates are
evaluated on their ability to receive outstanding marks in challenging coursework related to their field
of interest rather than an overall GPA. But, the Truman is an intensely competitive scholarship that
does consider the Candidate's chance of success at a highly selective graduate school as one of its
criteria. Candidates are generally ranked within the top 15% and often have GPAs of 3.8 or higher.

Are students participating in junior year abroad or five year degree programs eligible?
Yes. About one-quarter of recent Truman Scholars were off-campus in the fall of their junior year
when they prepared their application. They worked closely with their Faculty Representative in the
spring of the sophomore year while they were on campus and then relied on e-mail, fax, phone, and/or
regular mail during the fall. Students who are in five-year programs and spend time on more than one
campus are also eligible to apply in their third year.

Is there a service requirement for the Truman Scholarship?
Scholars selected from 2005 on are required to work in public service for three of the seven years
following completion of a Foundation funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving
Truman funds. Scholars who do not meet this service requirement, or who fail to provide timely proof
to the Foundation of such employment, will be required to repay funds received along with interest.
The Foundation will have an appeals process for special circumstances.

There has never been a Truman Scholar from my school. Do I have a chance?
Almost every year the Foundation selects 6 to 10 Scholars from schools that have never had a Truman
Scholar.

Can a candidate apply more than once?
Unsuccessful candidates may not apply again.

								
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