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Truman Scholarship

Teresa and Meredith-Truman Scholars 2013

Overview

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: Friday, October 26, 2018, 3:00 pm.  **SUBMIT EARLY: This deadline is strict.** 
  • Award:
    • Up to $30,000 for the Scholar's graduate studies toward a public service-related degree, open to many fields of study
    • Truman Scholars Leadership Week (mandatory for Scholars)
    • Summer institute (10-week program immediately after college graduation)
    • Truman Fellows Program (after Summer Institute, a full year of public service work and study in Washington, DC)
    • 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
  • Campus liaison: Leslie Garvin (lsgarvin@stanford.edu). To schedule an appointment with Leslie, please select the "Public Service and Social Impact" category on Handshake
  • More information at: The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

Eligibility

  • Nomination by Stanford through the Haas Center for Public Service
  • U.S. citizen or a U.S. national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Full-time Junior expecting to receive the bachelor's degree between December 2019 and August 2020.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.6
  • Commitment to a career in public service
  • Strong record of leadership, public and community service
  • Able to attend the Truman Scholars Leadership Week
  • Complete online application
  • Must be available for an interview, if shortlisted.  Interview date(s):  Week of November 26 (exact dates TBD, morning hours).

Application

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

1. Register with Cardinal Careers (via Qualtrics) to participate in the campus competition

2. Email Leslie Garvin to acquire your unique login for the Truman website

3. Consult with Truman campus advisors regarding the content and writing of your application (Make an appointment on Handshake by selecting Public Service and Social Impact and then choosing a time to meet with Andrew Epifanio, Juaquín Sims or Leslie Garvin.)

4. Using your unique username, complete the online application at the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation website. A sample application is provided to help prepare for the online submission.

5. Request 3 confidential letters of recommendation, one for each of the following topics:

  • Academic achievement: Intellect and prospects for continuing academic success
  • Commitment to a career in public service
  • Leadership abilities and potential

It is recommended that you review Tips for Soliciting Letters of Recommendation and confer with the Truman campus liaison before finalizing your choices for recommendations. You may also find it helpful to use the cover sheets in the Foundation's sample lettersBegin this process early to allow for creation and submission by the deadline.

6. Submit the following materials to the Haas Center Cardinal Careers Team (Haas, Rm 214) by the campus deadline, 3:00 PM on October 26:

  • Unofficial Stanford transcript (5 copies)
  • Request an electronic version of other official college transcript(s) to be sent to lsgarvin@stanford.edu. If you can only obtain hard copies of a transcript, submit one original and five copies.
  • Printed version of your online application (5 copies)
  • A longer, annotated resume that provides rich details for the experiences/achievements that you list (5 copies)
  • Three letters of recommendation (original only, additional copies not necessary). Letters may be sent electronically from the writer to Leslie Garvin or in sealed hardcopy form to the Haas Center, First Floor, Attn. Leslie Garvin.
  • Signed Fellowship Nomination Permission Form and Waiver
  • SIW and New York Campus Students:  Your application can be sent via Fedex, UPS, US mail, or another delivery service.   It must be received no later than 5:00 PM Monday, October 29 and be postmarked no later than 3:00 PM Pacific Time on Friday, October 26.

Note: Late applications will NOT be accepted without prior approval.

Selection Process

The Truman Scholarship is by nomination through Stanford only.  A committee of Haas-affiliated staff and faculty will review applications to shortlist candidates for interviews, and select up to four campus nominees.  Campus nominees will work with advisors in preparation for the regional finals in March.

Additional Resources

You are strongly encouraged to consult with your faculty mentors on the application and with UAR advisors who have experience with this competition. To schedule an appointment with the Truman campus liaison, please visit here.

Questions? Schedule a one-on-one advising appointment with Leslie Garvin on Handshake by selecting the "Public Service and Social Impact" category.