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Hanover, NH
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The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation


The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, a memorial to our thirty-third President, awards merit-based scholarships to college students planning a career in government or public service. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school, participate in leadership development activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.

The mission of the Truman Scholarship Foundation is to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.

The Foundation seeks future "change agents" who aspire to leadership positions in federal, state, or local governments or in the not-for-profit and education sectors where they can influence public policies and change public programs. Primary criteria for selecting Truman Scholars include

  • extensive records of public and community service,
  • outstanding leadership potential and communication skills.
  • commitment to careers in government or elsewhere in the public sector,

All Truman Scholars must work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Foundation funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving Truman funds.

To learn more about what it means to be a Truman Scholar, watch this video from the Truman foundation.


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 2017-2018 academic year. 'Junior' here means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2018 and August 2019, or a student in his or her third year of collegiate study who expects to graduate during the 2018-2019 academic year, or a senior-level student who is a resident of Puerto Rico
  • nominated by the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative at home institution (nomination decisions are made by faculty members of Dartmouth's Committee on Graduate Fellowships)
  • in the upper quarter of class
  • 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

 Application Process


Truman Scholarship applicants must be nominated by the Dartmouth College Committee on Graduate Fellowships. Dartmouth may nominate up to four students. In order to be nominated, you must:

  1. Complete the Scholarship & Fellowship Registration Web Form (Submit PRIOR to the campus deadline).  This form provides Scholarship Advising with the necessary information to open an application file and communicate with you about the application process and important deadlines and considerations.
  2. Complete the Nomination Permission Form and Waiver (Submit PRIOR to the campus deadline)
  3. Complete the online application and submit the application electronically by the campus deadline. This will go to Fellowship Advising and NOT to the Truman Foundation.  (To receive the online application and instructions, you must contact Fellowship Advising to be registered with the Truman Foundation.)
  4. Submit the following to Fellowship Advising:
  • Three recommendation letters on or attached to the appropriate recommendation forms
  • Official Transcript (with Fall grades).  Please request an official transcript online to be sent to You can do this through the Registrar.   For any other non-Dartmouth transcripts, please request official copies to be sent to: Fellowship Advising, 6201 Parker House, Hanover, NH 03755. (NOTE: If your Dartmouth transcript shows a "TR" for study abroad or other courses, you MUST have a separate transcript for those courses. This is true even if the program originated through Dartmouth).

The Committee on Graduate Fellowships will read your application materials and decide on nominations. You will be informed of your status via email.


Letters of Recommendation

Three recommendation letters are required; one each emphasizing the following:

     1.  Commitment to a Career in Public Service
     2.  Intellect and Prospects for Continuing Academic Success
     3.  Leadership Abilities and Potential

Print out the appropriate Truman Letter of Recommendation Cover Sheet from your online application.

Recommendation letters should be sent by email to

For more information on recommendation letters, click here.


Final Application Submission

Nominees will submit final applications online one week before the official Truman deadline.

The Fellowship Advising office will:

     1.  Upload your 3 recommendation letters and transcript to your online application.
     2.  Attach the endorsement letter and nomination to your online application.
     3.  Officially submit your application online to the Truman Foundation by the official deadline.

The Truman Foundation will send you an email confirming each piece of the application (one for all three recommendation letters and the transcript) once it has been received.


Truman Application Schedule

December 1

Campus Deadline

One week prior to final deadline

Nominees will submit final applications online

February 6, 2018

Application deadline for all materials

February 22, 2018

Deadline for Foundation Receipt of Finalist Interview Confirmation

February 23, 2018

Finalists Announced on Truman Website


Mock Interviews for Finalists


Finalist Regional Interviews

April 18, 2018

Truman Scholars announced on Truman website



Additional Information

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation Website

Frequently Asked Questions


Last Updated: 7/28/17