This federal aid program is managed by:
HARRY S. TRUMAN SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION
To honor former President Harry S Truman through the operation of an education scholarship program, financed by a permanent trust fund endowment, to develop increased opportunities for young Americans to prepare for and pursue careers in public service.
(Grants) FY 07 $2,000,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.
Uses and Use Restrictions:
Assistance is intended for the use of Scholars only.
Examples of Funded Projects:
Since the Program's inception, 2405 (of a total of approximately 22,100 nominees) college students studying for careers in public service have received scholarship assistance. The first classes of Truman Scholars are progressing well toward their goals of preparation for public service by gaining acceptance to high quality postgraduate programs, by pursuing Foundation-assisted or self- initiated internship opportunities, and by securing positions in government at the Federal, State, and local levels.
Types of Assistance:
Direct Payments for Specified Use.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance:
$2,000 to $15,000; $12,000.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:
To be eligible to receive payments, a Truman Scholar must submit in writing: 1. an acceptance of the Scholarship award, 2. An annual report, and 3. at the beginning of each academic year, a statement of eligible expenses certified by the authorized financial officer of the enrolling institution, including those of tuition, fees, books, and room and board, an additional certification regarding the Scholar's academic program, an annual report, and other certifications as required by law or regulation. The number of payments to be made via Treasury check during the academic year will correspond to the number of semesters, trimesters, or quarters in the institution's academic year and the amount of funds to be provided, the total not to exceed $30,000.
Undergraduate junior level students at four year colleges and universities who are properly nominated by accredited colleges or universities recognized by the Department of Education.
U.S. citizens or nationals, college juniors.
1. Initial evaluation: Students nominated for consideration as Harry S Truman Scholars will be evaluated on the basis of: a. the extent to which the student has shown an outstanding potential for leadership in public service, b. the extent of participation in community and public service activities, c. the appropriateness of the candidate's intended plan of study to prepare him/her for a career in public service, d. the student's academic performance. 2. Interviews: Finalists selected as a result of the initial evaluation of the credentials of all nominees are interviewed by Regional Review Panels, composed primarily of prominent public officials and previous recipients of Truman Scholarships. Each Review Panel will recommend from among the qualified applicants one person from each State or district for appointment by the Board of Trustees as a Truman Scholar, plus up to two additional persons for Scholarships at large from each region. The Review Panels will concentrate their evaluation on the nominees' demonstrated interest in the public service, their relative potential for leadership in government, their analytical abilities, their commitment to careers in public service, and the quality of their submitted materials. Among the characteristics they will assess in making this judgment are the following: analytic ability, communication skills, integrity, self-confidence, sensitivity to others, ability to explain with clarity a complex situation, a demonstrated interest in public service, and a commitment to future public service. 3. Final Selection: From among the candidates recommended by the Review Panels, the Board of Trustees will name up to 75 winners of Harry S Truman Scholarships.
Contact Info for Headquarters Office:
Louis Blair, Executive Secretary, 712 Jackson Place, NW., Washington, DC 20006. Telephone: (202) 395-4831. Use the same number for FTS.