Public Service and Government
The mission of the Truman Scholarship Foundation is to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service. The Foundation awards merit-based scholarships of up to $30,000 to college juniors who plan to pursue careers in government or the public service and attend graduate school Scholars are required to work in a public service or governmental capacity for 3 of the first 7 years of employment after they finish their graduate degree. Truman Scholars participate in leadership development programs and opportunities for special internships and employment with the federal government in the summer before their senior year.
The Truman Foundation seeks future “change agents” who aspire to leadership positions in federal, state, or local governments or in the not-for-profit and education sectors where they can influence public policies and change public programs. Truman Scholars must have extensive records of public and community service, are committed to careers in public service, and have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills.
Truman Scholars are selected by regional selection panels on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability, and likelihood of “making a difference”. The criteria for selecting Truman Scholars are:
*The Truman Scholarship requires an institutional endorsement. Make sure you know the MSU internal competition deadline.