Up to 65 Truman Scholarships are awarded each year to college juniors with an outstanding potential for leadership in any sector of government. Each scholarship provides up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school. 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. Recipients are allowed to defer graduate education for four years. The Truman Foundation’s definition of public service includes work for government agencies, public and private schools, many non-profit organizations, and more.) One scholar is chosen from every state and U.S. territory and approximately 30 are chosen at large.
ADVISER: Christina Rose, Undergraduate Dean's Office.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, you must be U.S. citizen or national. Officially, you must also be in the top quarter of your class, but the Truman Foundation permits and even encourages colleges to make exceptions. Finally, you must have a demonstrated interest in a career in public service. Public service includes but is not limited to government service. Many of the fields Bryn Mawr students are most drawn to (for example, education, public health, environmental studies, urban studies, law) would make them eligible for the Truman.
SELECTION CRITERIA: The Truman Foundation has identified 4 major selection criteria. They are:
On-campus interview: Candidates with promising application will be invited to interview with the Fellowships Committee. Study abroad students will be interviewed by phone. On the basis of the application and interview, 1 to 4 nominees will be selected.
AFTER THE APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED: On the basis of this application, the Finalists Selection Committee selects finalists to interview. Finalists are announced on the Truman website at the end of February or beginning of March. Being selected as a finalist is a great honor. Finalists are interviewed in mid-March, in their home state or region. Dean Rose will arrange for one or more formal mock interviews to help finalists prepare. Winners are announced by March.