Harry Truman Scholarship (Transfer Students)

Who Is Eligible:


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 2018-2019 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 2019 and August 2020, or a student in his or her third year of collegiate study who expects to graduate during the 2018-2019 academic year;
  • nominated by the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative at his or her institution;
  • in the upper quarter of his or her class; and
  • a United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa. Resident aliens (green card holders) are not eligible.
A good candidate for the Truman Scholarship meets the above eligibility requirements and also:
  • has an extensive record of public and community service;
  • has outstanding leadership potential and communication skills; and
  • is committed to a career in government or elsewhere in public service, as defined by the Foundation.




  • The Institution of Higher Education. Candidates must first be nominated by the Truman Faculty Representative at their institution. Each accredited four-year institution may nominate up to four students for the 2019 awards. Four-year institutions may also nominate three additional students who are transfers to the institution.  Institutions may nominate candidates who are participating in junior year abroad programs.  Participation by Two-Year institutions.  Two-year institutions may nominate up to four former students who, by February 5, 2019, will be enrolled as full-time students with junior-level academic standing at accredited four-year institutions.
  • The Truman Faculty Representative. The president of each participating institution appoints a Truman Faculty Representative who establishes a process to select the institution’s nominees. Candidates typically undergo an on-campus selection process to become one of the institution’s nominees. Faculty Representatives also help nominees prepare for the competition and submit the nomination materials to the Foundation by the specified deadline via our online application process.  Interested persons should visit www.truman.gov to find a Faculty Representative at a particular institution or to obtain guidance on establishing a Faculty Representative at an institution.    
  • The application and nomination materials. Once a Faculty Representative has decided to nominate a student, he or she must log in to the Foundation website and complete a Nomination Form. The candidate will then receive an email from the Foundation with the instructions on how to access the online application. In the meantime, candidates may use the sample application on the website as a guide.
 A committee examines all nominations and selects about 200 Finalists to be interviewed for Truman Scholarships. Finalists are selected on the basis of:
  •  extent and quality of community service and government involvement;
  • leadership record;
  • academic performance, writing and analytical skills; and
  • suitability of the nominee's proposed program of study for a career in public service.


Deadline: 02/05/2019
Amount: Up to $3,000
How to apply:


Applications are due on the first Tuesday in February. 



For more information, please visit: https://www.truman.gov/candidates/2018-competition