The Truman Scholarship exists to support the next generation of public servants and public policy experts. Up to 65 Truman Scholarships are awarded nationally each year to juniors who are planning to pursue a career as a leader in the public service sector including, but not limited to the government, non-profit organizations, public policy think tanks, education, and public health agencies. If awarded a Truman Scholarship, a student will receive a $30,000 scholarship for graduate or professional school, participation in leadership development, and opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government. 

Truman applicants are required to provide three letters of recommendation; one of each emphasizing the following: 

  • Leadership Abilities and Potential 
  • Commitment to a Career in Public Service 
  • Intellect and Prospects for Continuing Academic Success 


More information about the recommendation letter can be found through the following resources: