Aidpage is a
support network.
Ask for help
Offer help
Sign up now
Talking about:
4 posts
1,460 visits

Harry S Truman Scholarship Program

Squirrel started this conversation

This federal aid program is managed by:



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.

Funding obligations:

(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:

Not applicable.

Program Accomplishments:

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.

Applicant Eligibility:

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.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

U.S. citizens or nationals, college juniors.

Award Procedure:

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.

Website Address: .

Click here to add your comment...
 in response to Mother concerned...   I am a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. I am now attending school, and I am almost done. I found out yesterday that I only have 27 more credits to finally recieve my degree. That is only 9 classes. A terrible thing has happened in my life, two weeks ago I lost my job that helped me pay for school in cash every semester. I will not be disuaded though, I will find a way to keep paying for school. Please award me some money so i can reach my full potential, and not go back to bartending until I retire from my career in the future.
Talk to bartender
Mother concerned
My daughter is attending Howard Payne University she will be a sophmore this fall and has kept a gpa of 3.50, She is involved with the outreach program of leading others to christ, hse spend the summer working at Gloreita baptist camp, She has been a member of Habitat for humanity for years, also youth and government working at the capitol in washington dc, has been awarded destingusted delgate, winner of a @200.00 bond from the VFW for a writing she did on war vets. She needs this scholarship so bad and I dont know how we can provide for her I make $8.oo a hour She deserves this so much please tell me what I can do to help her acheive her dream, I myself did not go to college b & c thru school for me .
Talk to Mother concerned
I have been on the Kansas City Fire Dept for 16 years and I would like to have a college degree to gain the knowledge to help enhance our city's public safety. Would this be a good grant to pursue for me?
Talk to Manly