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 “juniors” 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 nomination process starts for you next semester so this fall would be a good time to begin thinking about it. Juniors and seniors, you should check the Truman requirements immediately to see if you will be eligible for the 2020 competition.
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: 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. 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.
The Foundation defines public service as employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private schools, and public service-oriented nonprofit organizations.
In 2020, one scholarship will be available to a qualified resident nominee in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and, considered as a single entity, the Islands: Guam, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. (Residency is generally determined by home address for school registration, family's primary residence, and voter registration.) The Foundation may select up to 15 at-large Scholars in 2020.
Interested students can direct questions to Professor Judy Failer, IU's Truman Faculty Representative at firstname.lastname@example.org.