Truman Scholarship

Campus Deadline Disciplines Purpose Open To Eligibility
November 1 Public Service and Government Leadership training, and funding for up to a 3 years of graduate study at an accredited U.S. university Juniors U.S. citizen, 3.3+ GPA

Truman Scholarship

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 scholarships of up to $30,000 toward a public service-related graduate degree.

This award requires an institutional nomination which means that you must go through MSU’s internal process and compete for the nomination. This process is coordinated by the National/International Fellowships and Scholarships (NIFS) Office. The deadline to submit materials is November 1. You are encouraged to work with the NIFS Office on your application.

How to Apply

  1. Review the Truman Scholarship website to make sure you are eligible: https://www.truman.gov/
  2. Complete the NIFS Intent to Apply Form at www.nifs.msu.edu to get on our list of applicants. We will give you access to the MSU Truman D2L site which is where the application is located.
  3. Email the NIFS Office at nifs@msu.edu to express your interest, and attach a resume using the NIFS resume template: https://nifs.msu.edu/resources/NIFS-Resume-Template.pdf
  4. Work with the NIFS Office on your application materials and who to ask for recommendation letters.

Application Components:

  • Application form (Word version on D2L)
  • Policy proposal
  • Three recommendations (leadership, service, and academic)
  • Transcripts from all higher education institutions attended after high school
  • Resume using the NIFS resume template here: https://nifs.msu.edu/resources/NIFS-Resume-Template.pdf