The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation annually awards merit-based scholarships to students who are pursuing graduate degrees AND careers in public service fields. Award recipients have come from many fields of study including agriculture, biology, international relations, physical and social sciences, public administration, and public health to name a few. Truman Scholars are change agents who have plans to improve government agencies, nonprofit organizations, or educational institutions.
To be eligible for a Truman Scholarship you must receive WVU nomination and be:
- A full-time student pursuing a bachelor's degree with junior-level academic standing
- A U.S. citizen, a U.S. national from a Pacific Island, or expect to receive citizenship by the scholarship award date
- In the upper quarter of your graduate class
- A student with extensive participation in two or more of the following: community service, government internships, commissions or boards, advocacy or interest groups, nonpartisan political activities or military/ROTC
- Involved in organizations, activities, and coursework related to your career interests
- Able to demonstrate your leadership potential and communication skills
- Committed to a career in public service (employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations)
The Truman Scholars receive a stipend for graduate school tuition, books, fees, room, board, and/or other approved expenses; assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development activities; and access to opportunities such as Truman Scholar Leadership Week, The Summer Institute (10-week internship in DC), and The Truman-Albright Fellows Program (one-year job placement in DC).