Truman

Truman Scholarship

Deadline: Noon, January 19, 2018

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship provides $30,000 to juniors planning to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in public service. Awardees also receive leadership training, graduate school counseling, preferential admission to premier graduate institutions, and internship opportunities with federal agencies. 60-65 scholarships are awarded to juniors from across the country. UC Berkeley may nominate four students for the Truman Scholarship. (STUDENTS MUST CONTACT ALICIA HAYES, THE SCHOLARSHIP COORDINATOR TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE ON-LINE APPLICATION)

Eligibility requirements

  • Full-time junior (graduating between December 2018 and August 2019)
  • Committed to a career in public service
  • The Truman Foundation defines public service as employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations, and public-service oriented nonprofit organizations such as those whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment.
  • in upper quarter of class
  • U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Selection criteria

Evaluators look for leadership ability, potential for influencing public policies, community service and extracurricular activities, suitability of the applicant's proposed program of study for a career in public service, strong academic performance, and potential to perform well in a premier graduate school program. Truman Scholars have pursued many fields of study, such as agriculture, engineering, economics, education, government, history, international relations, law, political science, public administration, and public health. For additional information on selection criteria, visit the Truman Foundation website.

Application requirements

Applicants must submit the following:

  • (STUDENTS MUST CONTACT ALICIA HAYES, THE TRUMAN CAMPUS REPRESENTATIVE, TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE ON-LINE APPLICATION) Completed on-line application
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant's commitment to a career in public service, leadership abilities and potential, and intellect and prospects for continuing academic success
  • Official copies of transcripts from all colleges attended

The UC Berkeley selection committee will select the university's nominees based on the above application materials and criteria.

UC Berkeley Truman applicants must make an individual advising appointment with Alicia Hayes, Truman scholarship campus representative. For more information, contact Alicia Hayes.