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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

The Harry S Truman Scholarship

IU Spring Deadline: Monday, March 31, 2014

National Deadline: early February 2015

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 this semester. Juniors and seniors, you should check the Truman requirements to see if you will be eligible for the 2015 competition. Come to one of the information sessions scheduled at the Hutton Honors College, 811 E. Seventh Street on Tuesday, March 4th, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. OR on Thursday, March 6th, from 11:00 to 12:30 p.m.

Approximately 60-70 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: http://www.truman.gov/are-you-potential-truman-scholar.) 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.

Eligibility:

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 2014-2015 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 2015 and August 2016, or a student in his or her third year of collegiate study who expects to graduate during the 2014-2015 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.

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 2015 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: http://truman.gov/candidates/2014-competition. 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 arrange to have two letters of recommendation described in the Truman application material sent directly by the recommenders to Ms. Hehner by March 31, 2014.

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 two individuals you ask to supply recommendations at this stage.

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

IU Truman Scholarship Award Winners

Year
Name
Field of Study
Concentration/Objective
   
   
2013
Rahaf Safi
Political Science, Philosophy
Human Rights
2012
Alicia Nieves
Political Science
Human Migration Studies - IMP
2009
Miles Taylor
Political Science
International Security Studies
2003
Sarah McCauley
Political Science
International Security Studies
2000
Elizabeth Yu
Political Science,
Peace Studies, IR
      Administration
2000
Raju Raval
Biochemistry, Biology,
Cancer Research
 
Spanish Religious  
 
Studies   
 
Spanish   
1999
Patrick Price
Chemistry, Spanish
Public Health Administration
1997
Russell R. Vertner
Afro-American Studies,
American Studies
 
Journalism   
1996
Kathryn Schnippel
Near East Language &
International Affairs
 
Culture, Political  
 
Science, Economics   
1995 
Timothy Lemper
English, History,
Public Policy
 
Political Science, LAMP  
1995
Mark Schneider
Chemistry, German,
 
History,  
 
Political Science  
1994
Pai-Ling Yin
Economics, Math,
Federal Reserve Research
 
French  
1993
Tanya D. Marsh
Political Science,
Public Policy
 
Economics  
1990
Randall Frykberg
Journalism, Political
 
Science  
1989
John C. Oppman
Criminal Justice (IUPUI)
1989
Ebenezer Tolman
Public & Environmental
 
Affairs  
1985
Robert Kasberg, Jr.
Anthropology (IUPUI)
1984
Scott Anderson
Economics,
 
Mathematics  
1981
Donna J. Jenkins
(IUPUI)