Truman Scholarship

Truman Scholarships provide funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields.  Students must be college juniors at the time of selection.  The Truman Foundation also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development.
A candidate must:   
  • be a full-time student pursuing a bachelor's degree with junior-level academic standing
  • or have senior-level standing in his or her third year of college enrollment
  • or be a U.S. citizen (or a U.S. national)
  • or expect to receive citizenship by the date the Scholarship will be awarded
  • *Note: Students who are already attending graduate school are not eligible for the Truman Scholarship

Truman Selection Criteria
  • Extensive record of campus and community service;
  • Commitment to a career in government or the nonprofit and advocacy sectors;
  • Communication skills and a high probability of becoming a "change agent"; and 
  • Strong academic record with likely acceptance to the graduate school of the candidate's choice.

Very few candidates are strong in all areas.  Each year we select a number of Scholars who have gaps in their application. In general, the record of campus and community service and the commitment to a career in public service are the most important criteria.  We do not select Finalists who have significant gaps in these areas.

Year of Application
Pre-Application Process
To be considered a CMU nominee and to advance in the competition, candidates must complete and submit the pre-application form to the National Scholarship Program. 
Application Process
The application consists of a CMU endorsement form and letter, three additional letters of recommendation, a recent transcript, a 14 question application, and a policy proposal.  In order to access the official on-line application, nominees must receive the login credentials from the National Scholarship Program.  Sample applications are available from the official scholarship website. 

Application Deadlines
For campus and national deadlines, click here.

Official Website
CMU Contacts

  • Maureen Harke, Ph.D. - Associate Director, National Scholarship Program, (989) 774-3902,
  • Nicole Sparling-Barco, Ph.D., - Director of University Honors and the National Scholarship Program, (989) 774-3902,