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Truman Scholarship


The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is the federal memorial to President Truman. The Truman foundation awards 60-65 scholarships annually to juniors* interested in careers in public service and with the potential to be “change agents.” 

Applicants should :

  • U.S. citizens
  • be excellent students (strong GPA, typically 3.7 or higher)
  • have strong records of both public service and leadership.


The Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in support for graduate study and the opportunity to participate in a Truman Scholars Leadership Week and a Summer Institute in Washington, D.C. Truman Scholarship

*“Junior” Criteria: “At the time I apply, I will be a full-time student pursuing a bachelor's degree with junior-level academic standing; I have senior-level standing in my third year of college enrollment; or I am a senior and a resident of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, or a Pacific Island. Note: Students who have completed their bachelor's degree or are already attending graduate school are not eligible for the Truman Scholarship.”

KU students apply for nomination in the fall of their junior years, with a campus deadline in October. KU may nominate up to four students. The national deadline is in early February.

For the campus nomination process, KU will use the online application system of the Truman Scholarship website. Please refer to the website's information for candidates. Contact Dr. Anne Wallen, Truman campus representative, by email at annewallen@ku.edu to get access to the application.

18 KU students have been named Truman Scholars. Recent Scholars include Ashlie Koehn in 2015, Taylor Zabel in 2017, and Sam Steuart in 2019.

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