Purpose: The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to our thirty-third President. The Foundation awards scholarships for college students to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. The activities of the Foundation are supported by a special trust fund in the US Treasury.

Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. Nationals. They must be full-time matriculated juniors with a high A- grade-point average. Applicants must demonstrate extensive records of public and community service, commitment to careers in government or elsewhere in public service and outstanding leadership potential and communication skills.

Award amount and conditions: Each Scholarship provides up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school.  Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government.

Service Requirement: All Candidates should be aware that the Truman Scholarship has an instituted service requirement. Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Foundation funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving Truman funds. Scholars who do not meet this service requirement, or who fail to provide timely proof to the Foundation of such employment, will be required to repay funds received along with interest. The Foundation will have an appeals process for special circumstances.

Number offered: Between 55-65 per year. Amherst can nominate 4 candidates.

Deadline: Preliminary applications are due in the Office of Fellowships in November (see Deadlines and Events).

Application materials: Preliminary application forms are available on this website in October (see How to Apply).

Official website address: http://www.truman.gov/

For more information:

Denise Gagnon
Director of Fellowship Advising
413-542-2536 Fax: 413-542-8555
The Office is located in
212 Converse Hall.

The mailing address is:
Office of Fellowships
Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002

Converse Hall

Office of Fellowships
213 Converse Hall
Amherst College
Amherst, MA  01002

Fax. 413-542-8555

Denise Murphy Gagnon
Director of Fellowship Advising

Suzanne Fogel Spencer
Fellowships Coordinator