Each year, the Harry S. Truman Foundation provides approximately 60 scholarships (for $30,000) to help pay for graduate or professional school. They are awarded in the "junior" year to outstanding students who have a demonstrated record in and commitment to "public service." IU students with strong academic backgrounds and leadership experience in public service are encouraged to apply. Students must be nominated by their undergraduate universities to be eligible for consideration at the national level.
This scholarship is not aimed exclusively at preparation for government service. Rather, the Truman Foundation seeks to promote "public service" in a broader sense, i.e., "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" (from the Truman Foundation website). 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.