Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Estimated annual campus deadline: Mid-December

The Truman Scholarship supports exceptional junior standing students who will attend graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in government, the non-profit sector, or elsewhere in public service.

Eligibility: Juniors; U.S. citizens or nationals; GPA 3.5 or higher; committed to public service careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors

Award amount: up to $30,000 for graduate study

Campus nomination: required for all UCSB applicants.

UCSB campus application information

Class Level: 

  • Junior

Scholarship Deadline: 

December 20, 2017

Expanded Scholarship Details: 

The Truman Scholarship is a merit-based federal grant (up to $30,000) awarded to undergraduate students who to attend graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in government, the non-profit sector or elsewhere in public service. Truman Scholars are required to work in public service for three years of the seven following the completion of the graduate degree program.  The Foundation seeks candidates who:

  • Have extensive records of public and community service
  • Are committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service
  • Have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills

The Truman Foundation Committee will not accept materials directly from the applicants; instead, the candidate’s undergraduate institution must make the nomination. Students should send an email the Scholarships Coordinator at scholarships@ltsc.ucsb.edu, indicating their interest in the scholarship. Our office works with closely with UCSB undergraduates, regardless of their colleges, who apply for national scholarships, and it is important that students consult with the coordinator well before the campus application deadline.

Conditions of Eligibility:

  • Full-time students who have either A.) junior –level academic standing, B) senior-level academic standing in the third year of college enrollment, or C) senior-level standing and residency status in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, or a Pacific Island;
  • Students with academic performance in the upper quarter of their class (a cumulative UCSB GPA of 3.50 or higher is required);
  • United States citizens or United States nationals from a Pacific Island or who expect to receive U.S. citizenship by the date the Scholarship will be awarded;
  • Students must also be nominated by the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative at his or her institution.

Application materials are available on-line at the Truman Scholarship Website.

Campus Application Deadline: December 20, 2017 (no exceptions)

Application requirements:

  • The online application, including the policy proposal, must be completed no later than the above campus deadline.
  • Your three letters of recommendation must be sent by the recommenders as Word documents or PDFs to scholarships@ltsc.ucsb.edu. Note that the Truman Foundation has specific instructions covering the content & aims of each the three letters.  You should choose your letter writers carefully to fulfill these aims, and share the instructions with them in order to ensure they can write effective letters!
  • Hard copies of official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have ever attended, including UCSB, and including any college courses taken while in high school.  Please request these early so they are received at our office before the campus deadline. For UCSB Official Transcripts, eTranscripts may also be used for the most reliable and rapid delivery.  Please select "eTranscript" in GOLD's official transcript ordering service and have your official eTranscript sent to: nick@ltsc.ucsb.edu

All hard copy official transcripts should be mailed to the following address:

Attention: Scholarships Coordinator
Nick Alward-Saxon
1117 Cheadle Hall
Division of Undergraduate Education
College of Letters and Science
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2085