The Truman Scholarship is a very competitive national scholarship for aspiring public
service leaders in the United States, awarding 55 to 65 scholarships out of more than
600 applications every year. The scholarship grants recipients up to $30,000 toward
their graduate studies, priority admission at premier institutions, and significant
opportunities for federal internships and professional development.
The University of Guam, which was established when Harry Truman was president, has
a long history of Truman Scholars dating back to 1978. Could you be the next one?
If you can put a check beside each of the following statements, you should be a strong
candidate for a Truman Scholarship. If more than two do not apply, the Truman Scholarship
is probably not right for you.
I hope to be a “change agent,” in time, improving the ways that government agencies,
nonprofit organizations, or educational institutions serve the public.
There are conditions in our society or the environment that trouble me.
I want to work in government, education, the nonprofit sector, or the public interest/advocacy
sector to improve these conditions.
I am comfortable committing to work in public service for three of the first seven
years after I complete a Foundation-funded graduate degree.
I would like to get a master’s degree, a doctorate, or a professional degree, such
as a law degree or a Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, Master
of Social Work, Master of Education, Master of Public Policy, or Master of International
Community service and academic record
I have participated extensively in two or more of the following sets of activities:
Student government and/or campus-based extracurricular activities;
Community service–related activities that were not organized by my school or by my
Government internships, commissions or boards, advocacy or interest groups, nonpartisan
political activities, or military/ROTC;
Partisan political activities and campaigns.
I have been involved with organizations or activities related to my career interests.
I have demonstrated some of my leadership potential.
I have sufficiently strong grades and coursework to gain admittance to a first-rate
I am academically in the top 25% of my major.
I read regularly a good national newspaper and a thoughtful periodical.
I have had one or more courses relating to my career interests.