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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

The Harry S Truman Scholarship

IU Fall Deadline: Monday, November 2, 2015

National Deadline: February 2, 2016

Are you a future Truman Scholar? Do you want to "make a difference"? Come to one of the sessions detailed below to learn more about the Truman Scholarship, a major national award that provides up to $30,000 for graduate study to students who intend to pursue graduate or professional education in preparation for a career in public service. Even if you are a freshman, you may find a session helpful to your long-range thinking. If you are a sophomore, the IU process starts for you next semester. Juniors and seniors, you should check the Truman requirements to see if you will be eligible for the 2016 competition. Come to one of the information sessions scheduled at the Hutton Honors College, 811 E. Seventh Street on Thursday, Sept. 24 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the HHC Great Room OR Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. in the HHC Student Lounge.

Approximately 55-65 Truman scholarships are usually awarded in a national competition each year to "juniors." (See eligibility criteria below and on the Truman website as the definition of "junior" is based on the planned date of graduation: IU students with strong academic backgrounds, experience in public service (broadly defined) are encouraged to apply. Students must be nominated by their undergraduate universities to be eligible for consideration at the national level.

The Truman Foundation seeks to promote public service, which the foundation defines "as employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organization, 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." Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a graduate degree program funded by the Truman.


To be eligible for consideration for the Truman Scholarship, a student must:
be a U.S. Citizen or National
be nominated by his or her university
be a full-time junior-level student at a four-year institution pursuing a bachelor's degree during the 2015-2016 academic year. 'Junior' here means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2016 and August 2017, or a student in his or her third year of collegiate study who expects to graduate during the 2015-2016 academic year, or a senior-level student who is a resident of Puerto Rico or the Islands: Guam, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Territories may apply as juniors, rather than seniors. For the 2016 competition, as we make this transition, we will accept applications from students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Territories who are either juniors or seniors. Beginning in 2017, we will accept applications only from junior level students who are residents of Puerto Rico or the U.S. Territories.

Nomination and Selection Standards:

Because the Truman Scholarship attracts the interest of top candidates around the country, IU only nominates students with outstanding credentials. The foundation chooses scholars on the basis of their excellent academic performance and communication skills, record of and potential for leadership, extensive records of public and community service, and commitment to careers in government or elsewhere in public service. (See the Truman Foundation's definition of "public service" above.) IU's nominating committee and the Truman Foundation selectors are looking for candidates who show promise of making a difference in the world through their public service.

IU Nomination Process:

The IU committee will select up to four nominees for the national 2016 Truman competition. To be considered by the IU committee, students should pick up application materials from Elaine Hehner in the Hutton Honors College, 811 E. Seventh Street, Room 210E. Copies of the application form being used for the process at IU can be downloaded from the Truman Web site: The completed application must include the 500-word policy proposal on a significant issue related to the candidate's intended area of public service. Students seeking consideration should also include ALL of the three letters of recommendation described in the Truman application materials and arrange to have letters sent directly, by the recommenders, to Ms. Hehner by Monday, Nov. 2, 2015.

Please note that the national Truman process requires three notably different recommendations:
One focused on Leadership Potential and Abilities
One focused on a Commitment to a Career in Public Service
One focused on Intellect and Prospects for Continuing Academic Success
Be sure to provide an appropriate cover sheet (available from Ms. Hehner or the Truman website) to each of the three individuals you ask to supply recommendations.

Additional information about the national criteria and process is available at the Truman Foundation website here: Interested students who are unable to attend an Information Session, should direct questions to Professor Judy Failer, IU's Truman Faculty Representative at

IU Truman Scholarship Award Winners

Field of Study
Christine White
Political Science, Economics, Spanish
International Policy
Rahaf Safi
Political Science, Philosophy
Human Rights
Alicia Nieves
Political Science
Human Migration Studies - IMP
Miles Taylor
Political Science
International Security Studies
Sarah McCauley
Political Science
International Security Studies
Elizabeth Yu
Political Science,
Peace Studies, IR
Raju Raval
Biochemistry, Biology,
Cancer Research
Spanish Religious  
Patrick Price
Chemistry, Spanish
Public Health Administration
Russell R. Vertner
Afro-American Studies,
American Studies
Kathryn Schnippel
Near East Language &
International Affairs
Culture, Political  
Science, Economics   
Timothy Lemper
English, History,
Public Policy
Political Science, LAMP  
Mark Schneider
Chemistry, German,
Political Science  
Pai-Ling Yin
Economics, Math,
Federal Reserve Research
Tanya D. Marsh
Political Science,
Public Policy
Randall Frykberg
Journalism, Political
John C. Oppman
Criminal Justice (IUPUI)
Ebenezer Tolman
Public & Environmental
Robert Kasberg, Jr.
Anthropology (IUPUI)
Scott Anderson
Donna J. Jenkins