Texas Tech University

Truman Scholarship

Program Details

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards merit-based scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in 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.

  • Up to $30,000 in graduate funding.
  • Truman Scholars Leadership Week (Required of all Scholars)
  • Summer Institute - After college graduation, Scholars have the opportunity to participate in an eight-week Summer Institute in Washington, DC. 
  • Truman-Albright and Other Fellows Program - After Summer Institute, Scholars may elect to stay    in Washington, DC, for a full year in the Truman-Albright Fellows Program; Truman-Albright Fellows are placed in public service jobs while participating in workshops, seminars, and mentoring opportunities. 

details obtained from the national Truman Scholarship website


  • a full-time junior-level student pursuing a bachelor's degree or a student in his or her third year of study who expects to graduate between December 2019 and August 2020, or a third-year student graduating during the 2018-19 academic year
  • must be nominated by the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative at his or her institution
  • United States Citizen

Other significant attributes:

  • has an extensive record of public and community service;
  • has outstanding leadership potential and communication skills
  • committed to a career in government or elsewhere in public service, as defined by the Foundation.
    • The Foundation defines public service as employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private schools, and public service-oriented nonprofit organizations.

How to Apply

Submit Notice of Intent The Notice of Intent Form must be completed and submitted as soon as possible via email at nisf@ttu.edu in order to initiate the application process. All applicants must must be endorsed by their university in order to apply. The NOI is the first step in alerting the NISF office that a student is seeking endorsement.

Sample Application The Sample Application can be used to begin working immediately on essays and other required information.

Online Application The NISF Office will register students for the online Truman application after receiving a Notice of Intent. An email will be delivered from the Truman Foundation asking the student to set up a username and password. Once this is complete, students can copy and paste their work from the sample application.  TTU students must submit online application and all application components by the internal deadline of October 2, 2018. 

Application Components

  • Online application
  • Policy proposal (see tips on writing here)
  • Three letters of recommendation (each letter should address one of three selection criteria)
  • University transcripts (Unofficial transcripts will be acceptable)  
  • Institutional Endorsement

Internal Review for Endorsement An internal review committee will review applications and interview applicants after applicant submission. If endorsed, applicants will have an opportunity to revise application materials based on the feedback received from the committee.

Final Submission Final applications are due by February 5, 2019. Applicants must select the "Send Application to Faculty Rep for Review" box for final review.  The NISF office will upload letters of recommendation and transcripts and will make the final submission to the Truman Foundation.

Recommended Resources

Application instructions from the Truman Foundation 

Tips for preparing an effective personal statement

Policy Proposal Tips

Effective and Ineffective Responses

Sample Application Materials 

Candidate Self-Check List

TTU Campus Truman Faculty Rep

Wendoli Flores, M.S.
National and International Scholarships and Fellowships