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Harry S. Truman Scholarship
November, 2002

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation--the federal memorial to our thirty-third President awards merit-based $30,000 scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service, and wish to attend graduate or professional school to help prepare for their careers. Truman Scholars participate in leadership development programs and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.

In 2003, the Foundation expects to award 75 to 80 Truman Scholarships on the basis of merit to junior-level students at four-year colleges and universities who have extensive records of public and community service, are committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service, and have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills. The Foundation anticipates selecting up to three Scholars who are residents of Puerto Rico and the Islands (identified below) with senior-level academic standing.

Scholars are eligible to receive $3,000 for the senior year of undergraduate education and $27,000 for graduate studies. All Scholars are eligible to receive up to $13,500 for the first year of graduate study. Scholars are eligible to receive up to $13,500 for their final year of graduate study if they provide assurance that they will enter public service [defined below] immediately upon graduation or immediately upon completion of any judicial clerkship(s) after graduation. Scholars may attend graduate or professional schools in the United States or in foreign countries.

In 2003, one state 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 will select up to 30 at-large Scholars in 2003.

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 such as those whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment.

The Foundation has supported Truman Scholars in many fields of study, including agriculture, biology, engineering, environmental management, physical and social sciences, and technology policy, as well as traditional fields such as economics, education, government, history, international relations, law, political science, public administration, nonprofit management, public health, and public policy.

Former Truman Scholars serve as managers of government programs, legislators and aides for legislative bodies, foreign service officers, school teachers, staff members in policy analysis and research organizations, attorneys for government agencies, public defenders, professors, and professional staff in advocacy organizations and not-for-profit institutions.

Each nominee must be a full-time junior-level student at a four-year institution pursuing a bachelor's degree during the 2002-2003 academic year. 'Junior' here means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2003 and August 2004, or a student in his or her second or third year of collegiate study who expects to graduate during the 2002-2003 academic year, or a senior-level student who is a resident of Puerto Rico or the Islands and expects to graduate in the 2002-2003 academic year, committed to a career in public service as defined above, 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.


The Institution of Higher Education
Accredited two-year and four-year institutions in the United States may nominate up to four students for the 2003 awards. Nominees need not reside in the same state or district as the nominating institution. Institutions may nominate candidates who are participating in junior year abroad programs. Four-year institutions may nominate, additionally, three students who completed their first two years at a community college. Materials must be submitted by the Truman Faculty Representative or the institution's president. Applications are not accepted directly from candidates.

Participation by Two-Year Institutions
Two-year institutions may nominate former students who, by January 27, 2003, will be enrolled as full-time students with junior-level academic standing at accredited four-year institutions.

The Truman Faculty Representative
The president of each participating institution appoints a Truman Faculty Representative who establishes a process to select the institution's nominees, helps nominees prepare for the competition, and submits the nomination materials to the Foundation by the specified deadline.

Nomination Materials
The following items are required for each nominee:

a completed Institution Nomination Form from the Faculty Representative, a letter of nomination from the Faculty Representative, a completed Truman Scholarship Application, a Policy Proposal, a current official college transcript and transcripts for all colleges attended that do not appear on the current transcript (both courses and grades should appear), and three letters of recommendation. The nomination information must be submitted on original forms provided by the Foundation to Faculty Representatives, on photocopies of these forms, or on copies from the Foundation's website.

The complete nomination package must be received by January 27, 2003, at the Truman Scholarship Foundation, 712 Jackson Place, NW, Washington, DC 20006.


Selection of Truman Scholarship Finalists
A committee examines all nominations and selects about 200 Finalists to be interviewed for Truman Scholarships. Finalists are selected on the basis of extent and quality of community service and government involvement, leadership record, academic performance and writing and analytical skills, and suitability of the nominee's proposed program of study for a career in public service. Priority is given to candidates proposing to enroll in graduate and professional programs specifically oriented to careers in public service. These include law programs and master's and doctorate programs in public administration, public policy analysis, public health, international relations, government, economics, social services delivery, education and human resource development, and conservation and environmental protection.

Scholars may make program changes before beginning graduate studies if the changes are consistent with preparation for a career in public service.

Selection of Truman Scholars
Regional selection panels interview Finalists in late February and March and select Truman Scholars largely on the basis of leadership potential and communication skills, intellectual strength and analytical ability, and likelihood of 'making a difference' in public service. If a panel judges that none of the Finalists from a state adequately meets each of these criteria, it does not select any candidate from that state. The scholarship will be carried over to 2004, when two scholarships will be available to qualified residents.

The Foundation covers 50% of the airfare to a maximum Foundation share of $500 for Finalists who are legal residents of the 48 continental states, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia. The Foundation covers 75% of the airfare to a maximum Foundation share of $750 for Finalists from Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam who are enrolled in institutions in their home state or district. The Foundation does not provide for meals, lodging, or local ground transportation.


Truman Scholars Leadership Week
2003 Truman Scholars are required to attend this event. It will be held May 1825, 2003, at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. Travel from the Scholar's home (or institution if the school term is still in progress), lodging, and meals will be provided by the Foundation.

Awards Ceremony at the Harry S. Truman Library
2003 Truman Scholars are required to attend the Awards Ceremony on May 25, 2003, in Independence, Missouri.

Truman Scholars Washington Summer Institute
In 2004, the Foundation anticipates providing a 10-week Washington Summer Institute consisting of graduate-level seminars and workshops and internships in federal agencies for members of the 2003 class of Truman Scholars. Travel and subsidized housing will be provided.

The award may be used only for tuition, fees, books, room and board, or other specifically approved expenses. Payments from the Foundation may be received to supplement, but not to duplicate, benefits from the educational institution or from other foundations, institutions, or organizations. The combined benefits from all sources may not exceed the costs of tuition, fees, books, and room and board as prescribed by the institution. To receive payments, a Truman Scholar must submit

a certified statement of eligible expenses prior to the beginning of each academic term for which Foundation support is sought, an annual report, and other information as required by regulation or law. The Foundation may withhold or terminate a scholarship due to unsatisfactory academic performance or failure as judged by the Foundation to pursue preparation specifically for a career in public service.

Scholars may defer, for up to four years, Foundation support for their graduate studies after completion of their undergraduate studies. Scholars in graduate study programs supported by other means may request additional years of deferral.

Special announcements, the candidate application materials, and a listing of Faculty Representatives are available on this website.



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