Northeastern Deadline: 12/07/2016

Fellowship Deadline: 02/07/2017

Award Details

The Truman is a very competitive and very prestigious national scholarship for those who possess outstanding leadership skills and are interested in a career in public service. The Scholarship serves as a living memorial to President Harry S. Truman and provides financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship for those who are committed to making a difference through public service.  All Candidates for the Truman must be endorsed by Northeastern.

Eligibility Criteria

  • At time of application, applicant must be a full-time student with junior-level academic standing. “Junior” here means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2017 and August 2018, a student in his or her second or third year of collegiate study who expects to graduate during the 2016-2017 academic year, or a senior-level student who is a resident of Puerto Rico or the Islands.
  • U.S. citizenship (or a U.S. national from a Pacific Island) or expect to receive citizenship by the date the Scholarship will be awarded.
  • Northeastern University nomination.

Selection Criteria

  • An extensive record of campus and community service.
  • Commitment to a career in government or the nonprofit and advocacy sectors.
  • Excellent communication skills and a high probability of becoming a “change agent”.
  • A strong academic record with likely acceptance by a first-rate graduate school.

Nominees are evaluated on the extent and quality of their community service, leadership record and potential, academic performance, writing and analytical skills, and suitability of the proposed program of study for a career in public service. The most demanding part of the application is the “policy proposal,” an analysis of a societal issue or problem of concern to the applicant. Priority is given to candidates proposing to enroll in graduate programs oriented to careers in public service (e.g., law, public administration, public health, international relations, economics, social services, conservation and environmental protection).

Application Procedures

Candidates must be endorsed by their institutions. To apply, you must contact the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. You will then be registered for the Truman’s online application materials. Please complete the following pieces of your application by our internal deadline.

  • A completed application form. Download the sample application forms for personal use; complete the form online at
  • Your responses to all essay questions, including the policy memo.
  • Three letters of recommendation.  One must be written by someone who can attest to the applicant’s commitment to a career in public service; another must be written by a Northeastern faculty member familiar with the applicant’s scholarship, intellectual capabilities and prospects for success in graduate school; the third must come from someone who can confirm and elaborate upon the leadership example the candidate described in Item 7.  Please contact for Request for Reference forms.
  • Official transcripts for any undergraduate institutions attended.

The application asks candidates to describe examples of their leadership and service, explain problems of society they want to address, and describe the graduate program they intend to pursue as Truman Scholars. Select applicants are interviewed by a campus committee, which makes up to four nominations. From nominations submitted by colleges and universities, 200 Finalists are invited to regional interviews.

Award Benefits

The Truman Scholarship Foundation provides 75 scholarships valued at $30,000 ($3,000 for the senior year of undergraduate study and up to $27,000 for two years of graduate school) for students who are committed to careers in public service.

On Campus Contact Information

Office of Undergraduate Research & Fellowships
450 Dodge Hall
360 Huntington Avenue
Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115

Phone: 617.373.3202

Fellowship Contact Information

712 Jackson Place
NW Washington, DC 20006
(202) 395-4831