Truman

Truman Scholarship

Campus Deadline Extended: Noon,  January 14, 2022

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. Each year, 60–65 scholarships are awarded to juniors from across the country. UC Berkeley may nominate four students for the Truman Scholarship.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Full-time junior (graduating between December 2022 and August 2023)
  • 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.
  • 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, the 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. 

Application Requirements

(STUDENTS MUST CONTACT ALICIA HAYES, TRUMAN CAMPUS REPRESENTATIVE,  TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE ON-LINE APPLICATION)

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed online 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 application materials and criteria.

UC Berkeley Truman applicants must complete the above pre-application and make an individual advising appointment with Alicia Hayes, Truman scholarship campus representative. 

More information about this opportunity can be found here: Truman Foundation website.