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The Harry S. Truman Scholarship
IU Fall Deadline: Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 by 4:00 p.m.
National Deadline: February 4, 2014
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards merit-based scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere 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. The Foundation awards Truman scholarships to students across the nation who will be "juniors" in the 2013-2014 academic year and who plan to attend graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in government or other public service. (See eligibility criteria below and on the Truman website as the definition of "junior" is based on the planned date of graduation: http://truman.gov/candidates/how-become-truman-scholar.) IU students with strong academic backgrounds, experience in public service, and plans to pursue a career in government or elsewhere 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:
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 2014 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 ALL three letters of recommendation described in the Truman application material sent directly by the recommenders to Ms. Hehner by Nov. 11, 2013.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
IU Truman Scholarship Award Winners