Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Truman Scholarship

About the Truman Scholarship

Do you have a public service cause that you’re passionate about? This scholarship for college juniors serves as a living memorial to President Harry S. Truman, who once said “…ignorance and its hand-maidens—prejudice, intolerance, suspicion of our fellow man—breed dictators and breed wars.” Intended to support students with demonstrated leadership potential and a career commitment to public service, the Truman scholarship offers funding for graduate education and significant community-building through summer workshops and institutes. Applicants must have an interest in government or public sector service and hope to be a “change agent,” working to improve the ways that government agencies, nonprofit organizations, or educational institutions serve the public.

Special Location of award, if applicable:

Eligible applicants:

• have junior-level academic standing, or senior-level standing in the 3rd year of college
• want to attend graduate school
• are eager to commit to work in public service for 3 of the first 7 years after graduate study (including government, education, the nonprofit sector, or the public interest/advocacy sector)

Student year:

Student year at time of application:  Undergraduate – Junior

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

Must be U.S. citizen

The Truman Scholarship application process:

First-year students and sophomores: start strategizing now! Consider taking PAF 101: Introduction to the Analysis of Public Policy, a fantastic course which patterns its final assignment on part of the Truman application.

Applications are due in January, but the SU process begins in fall of the Junior year. Interested students should contact faculty representative Bill Coplin as soon as possible.

Advising contact:

Bill Coplin  Email:
More Information:

Enter any terms you are interested, such as “Government” or “Biotechnology”,