President Gerald Ford signed the Act of Congress for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship on January 4, 1975. The act authorized the Truman Scholarship Foundation to “award scholarships to persons who demonstrate outstand¬ing potential for and who plan to pursue a career in public service,” and to conduct a nationwide competition to select Truman Scholars. The mission of the foundation is to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education, or elsewhere in public service, and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen (or a U.S. national from a Pacific Island), or expected to receive citizenship by the date of the scholarship to be awarded.

  • Full-time student pursuing a bachelor’s degree with junior-level academic standing or senior-level standing in the third year of college enrollment.

  • Upper quarter of class standings.

Application Instructions

UM students seeking nomination for the Harry S. Truman scholarship must submit the preliminary application by the campus deadline: November 10, 2014. Below you will find instructions on how to apply.  The University of Miami may nominate no more than four students to compete for the national scholarship.  A selection will be held to identify the nominees whose applications are most likely to be successful in the national competition.  Click on the link below for full instructions on applying for Truman nomination as a UM student.

UM Student Application Instructions – Truman 2015

General Information

The foundation seeks persons who aspire to positions in government or the nonprofit and advocacy sectors, where they wish to improve the ways in which federal, state, or local government agencies, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations serve the public and protect resources. Selection is based on leadership abilities and potential for influencing public policies; suitability of the nominee’s proposed program of study for a career in public service; demonstrated writing skills; past academic performance and potential to perform well in graduate school; quality and extent of public and community service; and government involvement.

The foundation has supported Truman Scholars in 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, political science, public administration, nonprofit management, public policy, and public health.

One Truman “State” Scholarship will be made available to a qualified resi¬dent nominee in each of the 50 states. Students awarded Truman Scholarships will receive up to $30,000 for graduate school, participate in leadership develop¬ment activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government. Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a foundation-funded graduate degree program.

Application Timeline

November 10, 2014 
All application materials must be submitted to the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships for review and possible endorsement.

December 2014 
Campus interviews are held.

Early February 2015 
Completed applications for UM nominees must be received by Truman Scholar¬ship Foundation.

Late February 2015 
Invitations for finalist interviews are sent.

April 2015 
Truman Scholars posted on website.