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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. 

Institutional Nomination

The Truman Scholarship does not accept direct applications; students must be nominated by Temple University’s Truman Scholarship Committee.  Please see below for application instructions for nomination.

Campus Deadline

November 15 annually


Each nominee for the Truman Scholarship must be: a full-time junior-level student; nominated by the Truman Scholarship Committee at his or her institution; in the upper quarter of his or her class; and a United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Resident aliens (green card holders) are not eligible. 

Selection Criteria

A good candidate for the Truman Scholarship meets the above eligibility requirements and also: has an extensive record of public and community service; has outstanding leadership potential and communication skills; and is committed to a career in government or elsewhere in public service, as defined by the Foundation. 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.

Campus Application Instructions and Checklist 

The Truman scholarship requires institutional nomination. Applications made directly to the awarding body will not be considered. Interested candidates are encouraged to meet with Barbara Gorka, Director of Fellowships Advising, well before the November 15 internal deadline.

Submit the following application components by November 15.

Campus Contact

Barbara Gorka

Director, Scholar Development and Fellowships Advising

Phone: 215-204-0708