The Truman Scholarship
A living memorial to the thirty-third president.
The Truman Foundation is the nation’s official living memorial to our thirty-third president and the presidential monument to public service. Created by Congress in 1975, the Foundation was President Truman’s idea.
President Truman did not want a bricks and mortar monument. Instead, he encouraged a living memorial that would give life to the values of service that had animated his career. In that spirit, the Truman Foundation is a place that nurtures and supports future generations who answer the call to public service leadership.
Each year the Hinckley Institute nominates up to three students for this prestigious scholarship. One student per state is awarded a $30,000 scholarship towards a graduate degree. The rigorous selection process requires that good candidates have a strong record of public service, as well as a policy proposal that addresses an issue in society.
To access the on-line application, students must first meet with and receive login credentials from Gina Shipley.
Students wishing to apply for the scholarship must meet the following criteria:
Applicants must be junior level academic standing with a GPA of 3.7+
Planning to attend graduate school
Demonstrate leadership potential and commitment to a career in public service
Desire to make a difference
Candidates work with the Hinckley Institute to refine their application and a university committee conducts interviews for regional review panels.
The application consists of the following documents:
Transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended
Three letters of recommendation