The Truman Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to public service and leadership. Since its creation in 1975, the Foundation has supported almost 3000 scholars who are making a difference in all corners of the nation and the world. Each year, the Foundation offers 65 merit-based scholarships for graduate study.

  • Campus Deadline: February 1, 2017 (contact the campus representative for more details)
  • Campus Representative: Dr. Michael Springer, Director, Office of High-Impact Practices
  • Award:
    • Up to $30,000 for the Scholar's graduate studies toward a public service related degrees. See Career and Graduate Study Interests.
    • Truman Scholars Leadership Week (mandatory for award)
    • 10-week Summer Institute immediately after college graduation
    • Truman Fellows Program
    • Scholars are required to work in public service for three to seven years following graduation of a Truman Scholarship funded graduate degree


In addition to the below criteria, candidates must be nominated through UCO, candidates MAY NOT directly apply. Contact Dr. Springer for more information. 

  • Must be a full-time student with a junior academic standing pursuing a bachelor's degree during the 2015-2016 academic year. "Junior" is defined as a student who plans to continue full time coursework leading to a bachelor's degree in May 2017. Alternately, students can also be in their third year who expect to graduate only after three years of study. 
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or obtaining citizenship by the time of your junior year of undergraduate study
  • Commitment to career in government or public service and planning to attend graduate school to prepare for this career
  • Considerable and demonstrated leadership, public and community service experience
  • Must be able to attend Truman Scholars Leadership Week 2016 (attendance cannot be rescheduled)
  • More Information with the Truman Scholarship Foundation

How to Apply: 

It is strongly recommended that you contact the Truman Scholarship faculty representative and your faculty mentors early in the application process.

  • Contact Dr. Michael Springer to set up an appointment to discuss the application process and to obtain your unique login for the application site
  • Work with Dr. Springer and your faculty mentor(s) to create the content and complete the application process. A sample application can be found on the Truman Foundation website
  • Obtain letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and resume stating your details of your experiences and achievement for application packet
  • Submit materials by the campus deadline to Dr. Springer to make sure you have everything needed for the electronic application process

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