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The Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The mission of the Truman Scholarship Foundation is:

  • to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; and
  • to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation - the federal memorial to our thirty-third President - 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.

Are You a Potential Truman Scholar?

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Scholar Profiles

2020 Webinar for Applicants

What if you are planning to be away during the Spring semester?  You may still apply. If you reach the finalist stage of the competition, you will be expected to return to the US for the interview. Many Truman Scholars ARE students who were studying away at least one semester of the junior year.

CAMPUS DEADLINE: December 1, this includes all letters of recommendation

  1. Visit the Truman website for information on How to Apply. If you are interested in applying schedule an appointment to meet with Lisa Kooperman by calling x5263. You must have a consultation before receiving access to the applicaiton.
  2. Contact your referees as soon as possible. Once they all agree to write on your behalf you will register them to submit a letter using the Recommendation Registration Form.
  3. Guidance for Letters of Recommendations and reference request forms.
  4. You will upload your transcripts and a confidentiality waiver (if you do not have one on file) using the Recommendation Registration Form, please be prepared to do this when you go to complete the form. 
  5. Submit your application through the Truman system by the campus deadline, the application will come to the fellowships office and will be forwarded to the committee for review.

Sample application materials can be downloaded from the Truman web site. You will need to contact Lisa Kooperman to gain access to the official application. 

For Letter Writers: Candidates should register their references through the Vassar College online application for the campus deadline. Once registered, writers will receive a link to this Letter of Recommendation Submission Form. If you haven't received an email please follow up with the applicant to ensure that you have been registered to write on his/her behalf. You may access this form at any time through this site, however you cannot save information and return to the form at a later date.

40 Years of Truman

Vassar Truman Scholars:

2016 scholars: Cecil Carey, Raymond Magsasay and Kali Tambree

Nathan Tauger '14

Maple Razsa '95

Matthew Kavanagh '00