The Catholic University of America

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship


The Truman foundation supports graduate study for college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to “making a difference” through public service in government, education, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, or elsewhere in public service. The scholarship provides $30,000 for graduate study leading to a career in public service, and offers students assistance in applying to graduate school, in addition to networking and internship opportunities. As a condition of receiving Truman funds, scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of their degree program. Approximately 55-65 scholarships are awarded each year.
Selection for Truman Scholarships is highly competitive and the university has a limit to how many candidates can receive offficial endorsement to enter the competition. As a result, a prescreening process is required of all potential applicants.
Each nominee for the Truman Scholarship must be:
  • A full-time junior-level student at a four-year institution pursuing a bachelor's degree during the current academic year.
  • Nominated by the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative at his or her institution.
  • In the upper quarter of his or her class (GPA 3.7 or higher).
  • Plan to pursue a Master's, J.D., Ph.D., or professional degree in a public service field.
  • A United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Resident aliens (green card holders) are not eligible.
Selection Criteria
A good candidate for the Truman Scholarship will demonstrate:
  • A strong academic record 
  • An extensive record of public and community service, activism and government involvement that extands beyond the campus community
  • Outstanding leadership potential and communication skills
  • Commitment to a career in government or elsewhere in public service and a clear academic plan for continued education
  • Suitability of the proposed program of study for a career in public service
For more detailed information, please visit The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation website.

When should you start thinking about the Truman? During your freshman or sophomore year at CUA.

When should you begin the application? Spring of your sophomore year.

2019-2020 Competition Timeline

  • 1 November 2018: Intent to Apply Form must be submitted to Fellowships Office (you MUST complete this in order to have access to the Truman Scholarship application)
  • 15 January 2019: Truman Scholarship CUA Campus Deadline
  • February 2019: Truman Scholarship National Application Deadline
For More Information
For more information, please contact Sarah Taylor, Fellowships Coordinator (