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Established by Congress in 1975, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships to college juniors (at the time of application) who have outstanding leadership potential and intend to pursue careers in public service. 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.
Truman 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 Truman funds. All DePaul candidates must be endorsed by DePaul University.
Each nominee for the Truman Scholarship must be:
The Truman Fellowship is highly competitive. In 2013 there were more than 600 applications but only approximately sixty awards. The Finalist Committee, which selects the winners, is made up largely of current and former directors of admission at public service-oriented graduate and professional schools, past Truman Scholars, and college presidents. The Finalists Committee uses a twelve-point scale in selecting Candidates for an interview. The following items are given a point value:
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).
For more information on eligibility and selection criteria, visit Truman's website "Are you a Potential Truman Scholar?"