Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Applications due: Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 11:59pm via CARAT

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation—the federal memorial to our thirty-third President—awards merit-based scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service. 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.

Applicants must be Harvard College juniors, and U.S. citizens, in the upper quarter of their class. (Harvard does not rank students; candidates with a GPA of 3.7 or above are likely to be qualified.)

Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school, participate in leadership development activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.

Selection Criteria:
Candidates should be able to demonstrate significant and deep commitment to public service and leadership. Scholars are selected on the basis of:

  • extent and quality of community service and government involvement;
  • leadership record;
  • academic performance, writing and analytical skills; and
  • suitability of the proposed program of study for a career in public service

The Foundation defines public service as employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private schools, and public service-oriented nonprofit organizations such as those whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment.

  • Applications due: Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 11:59pm via CARAT
  • Selection Committee interviews: Early to Mid-December
  • National deadline: Early February

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