Harry S. Truman Scholarship

A Better Future Relies on Attracting to Public Service the Commitment and Sound Judgement of Bright, Outstanding Americans!


Online application availability

Early August; Check www.truman.gov for details

Campus deadline:

Early January; candidates may not apply directly

National deadline:

Early February


Applicant education level


Open to applicants who have

completed an undergraduate degree?


Open to applicants not currently

enrolled in college/university classes?


Open to (non-U.S.) international students?


Age limit


Are applicants limited to specific fields of study?


Are students required to demonstrate financial need?


Minimum G.P.A.

None; but academic excellence is a must

Average G.P.A. of recipients



UAA Institutional Endorsement/Nomination

An institutional endorsement/nomination  is required to apply

Advising Appointment

Schedule an advising appointment with the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative, Prof. James W. Muller, at jwmuller@alaska.edu or at 907.786.4740 to discuss intent to apply


The Truman Scholarship is a highly competitive, merit-based award offered to U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals from the Pacific Islands who want to go to graduate school in preparation for a career in public service

Successful applicants will have outstanding service and leadership records as well as an academic record that indicates success in the graduate program of the student’s choice

For more information, visit www.truman.gov


The Truman Scholarship offers:

  • Recognition of outstanding potential as a leader in public service
  • Affirmation of values and ideals
  • Enhanced access to highly competitive graduate institutions
  • Access to Scholar programs such as Truman Scholars Leadership Week, the Summer Institute, and various Truman Fellows Programs
  • Membership in a community of persons devoted to helping others and to improving the world


  • Up to $30,000 to apply toward graduate study in the U.S. or abroad in a wide variety of fields

Can the award be deferred?


Can the award be renewed?


Specific notes and/or exceptions

Students must be nominated by their current institution of study


For more information about eligibility requirements, please visit: www.truman.gov


Selection of Scholars is made on the basis of:

  • Extensive record of campus and community and service
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Commitment to a career in government or the nonprofit and advocacy sectors
  • A high probability of becoming a “change agent”
  • Strong academic record with likely acceptance to the graduate school of the candidate’s choice

Note: For more information, please visit www.truman.gov


As the Truman Scholarship award is intended to cover graduate school costs, you should be firmly taking the steps necessary to enhance your chances of being accepted into your program of choice

  • Find a faculty member willing to serve as your mentor throughout the application process
  • Notify the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative, Prof. James W. Muller at jwmuller@alaska.edu or at 907.786.4740, of your intent to apply the semester before you plan to apply for the award
  • Schedule an advising appointment with the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative to discuss internal and external application processes and timelines
  • After the Faculty Representative registers you with the Truman Foundation, start completing the application
  • Select three (3) instructors from whom you have taken upper-division courses in your discipline to write letters of recommendation on your behalf or instructors who know you well enough to comment insightfully on your talents, achievements, and potential for success in graduate school
    • Instructors should be familiar with your academic experience and be able to comment on your intellectual achievement, your campus and community service, your commitment to a career in government or the nonprofit and advocacy sectors, your communication skills, the probability of your becoming a “change agent,” and the likelihood of acceptance into the graduate program of your choice
  • Start drafting your Personal Statement and your Policy Proposal, advice and guidance for which are provided at www.truman.gov
  • Submit a complete copy of your application by the CAMPUS DEADLINE
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted
  • Prepare for individual CAMPUS INTERVIEW, which will take place within 1-2 weeks after the campus deadline
  • Institutional Endorsement/Nomination: the Truman Scholarship Campus Interview Committee will evaluate the overall merits of the candidate and the application material submitted and will make a decision of endorsement or non-endorsement at the end of the campus interview
  • The decision of the Truman Scholarship Campus Interview Committee is definitive
  • If the candidate is endorsed, then an institutional endorsement/nomination will be formally submitted by the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative to the Truman Foundation
  • The Truman Scholarship Regional Review Panels will conduct a preliminary elimination on the basis of credentials and invite selected applicants to a personal interview in Seattle
  • Regional interview takes place in early March
  • If an invitation for an interview in Seattle is not forthcoming, that is the end of the road for your application

For detailed instructions, please visit www.truman.gov


Number of applications received


Number of awards granted per year


Is an interview required?

Campus interview: Yes

National interview: Yes, if candidate advances to the regional competition

Are interview costs paid for?


When are finalists notified?

Late February

When are selected

candidates notified?

Early April


Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative

Prof. James W. Muller


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Email address



There are no webinars for applicants but detailed information can be found at www.truman.gov

Schedule an advising appointment at jwmuller@alaska.edu or at 907.786.4740