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The Truman Scholarship seeks juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education, or elsewhere in the public service. The scholarship supports graduate or professional study, leadership training, and fellowship with other scholars who are committed to making a difference through public service.

Campus Deadline: Tuesday, October 22, 2024, 11:59 p.m. PST

Advisor: Jessica Reynoso ( To schedule an appointment with Jessica or the other members of the Cardinal Careers Team, please select the "Public Service and Social Impact" category on Handshake.

Truman Scholarship Overview

  • $30,000 for the Scholar's graduate studies toward a public service-related degree
  • Programming 
    • Truman Scholars Leadership Week (mandatory for Scholars)
      • Late May (Dates TBD)
    • Summer Institute 
    • Truman Albright Fellows 
    • Democracy Fellows 
    • Governance Fellows
  • Mentoring 
  • Hiring authority (Schedule A)


  • U.S. citizen, U.S. National resident of American Samoa, or expecting citizenship by the date of the award;
  • Full-time Junior expecting to receive the bachelor's degree between December 2025 and August 2026;
    • If you expect to earn your degree between December 2026 and August 2027, you will be eligible to apply next year. 
  • Minimum GPA of 3.6;
  • Commitment to a public service career. Scholars 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 funding;
  • Strong record of leadership and public service;
  • Available for a Stanford interview, if shortlisted, in November 2024;
  • Able to attend the Truman Scholars Leadership Week.  


Information Sessions

  • Spring 2024: Tuesday, April 23 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Haas Center DK Room)
  • Summer 2024: Thursday, August 22 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Virtual)
    • Please register here
  • Fall 2024: Tuesday, September 24 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. (Haas Center DK Room)


The following steps must be completed for an application to be considered for campus nomination:

  1. Complete the Truman Scholarship Candidate Registration form to acquire your unique login for the Truman application portal.

  2. Complete the online application on the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation website. 
  3. Request three letters of recommendation, one for each of the selection criteria:
    •  Leadership Abilities and Potential
    • Commitment to a Career in Public Service
    • Intellect and Prospects for Continuing Academic Success. 
  4. Submit the following materials to the Truman Advisor, Jessica Reynoso (, by the campus deadline, Tuesday, October 22, 2024, 11:59 p.m. PST:

Note: Late applications will NOT be accepted.

Nomination Process

Candidates must be nominated through Stanford to be considered for the Truman Scholarship.  A committee of Haas-affiliated staff and faculty will review applications to shortlist candidates for interviews, and select up to seven campus nominees. Campus nominees will work with advisors in preparation for the regional interviews in March/April.

2024-25 Timeline

  • October 22, 2024: Students submit their application materials to the Truman Advisor.
  • October 24-November 1, 2024: The Reading Committee reviews applications to determine the top candidates. 
  • November 5-11, 2024: The Nomination Committee reviews applications to determine who will be interviewed. 
  • November 21-22, 2024: The Nomination Committee interviews the top candidates to determine the nominees.
  • December 2024–February 2025: Nominees revise applications.
  • February 4, 2025: Nominees submit their applications to the Truman Foundation. 

Additional Resources

Review the advice and resources below for additional guidance. If you have any questions about the application or nomination process, schedule a one-on-one advising appointment with a member of the Cardinal Careers Team– Jessica Reynoso, Juaquín Sims or Ben Weissman– on Handshake by selecting the "Public Service and Social Impact" category.