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 2015-2016 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:
  • 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
  • A 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/sophomore year at CUA.
When should you begin the application?
Spring of your sophomore year.

2018-2019 Competition Timeline

  • November 1, 2017: Intent to Apply Form must be submitted to Fellowships Office (you MUST complete this in order to have access to the Truman Scholarship application)
  • Friday, January 5, 2018: Truman Scholarship CUA Campus Deadline
  • February 2018: Truman Scholarship National Application Deadline

For More Information

Contact Karen Carducci, Fellowships Coordinator, at to set up a meeting.