The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is an undergraduate scholarship program offered to students who demonstrate devotion to public service, leadership potential and academic prominence.
The scholarship was created in 1975 to honour President Harry S Truman, the 33rd president of the United States.
The Truman Scholarship aims at creating the comprehensive environment needed by students with leadership potentials to thrive in their chosen career fields.
By awarding students with scholarships worth up to $30,000, the program has helped thousands of students attain prominence in their chosen fields of study.
The scholarship nominates 50-60 university students in their junior year to participate in the scholarship. Scholarships will be awarded to one student from each U.S State, each University in the United States can nominate up to four candidates to participate in the scholarship.
To be considered for the scholarship, applicants are to meet the four criteria;
•Must have a brilliant history of service in the campus and community service.
•Must be intending to pursue a career in public service.
•Must have communication skills.
•Academic scores that are eligible to be admitted to a graduate institution.
To apply for the scholarship opportunity, candidates must be nominated by their undergraduate University.
About 900 applications are received by the foundation annually. Each applicant will be assessed and 50-60 applicants will be chosen. Selected applicants will be called for interviews which will be conducted by former Truman scholars, organisers and public servants. Eligible candidates will then be selected for the scholarship opportunity.