Truman Scholarship

Truman Scholarships of up to $30,000 for graduate studies are awarded annually to juniors and third-year seniors who are planning careers in government or elsewhere in public service (broadly defined).

Eligibility and Selection Criteria:

  1.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  2. Extensive record of community and public service and leadership.
  3. Demonstrated potential for and commitment to a career in public service.
  4. Outstanding academic performance - applicants must be in the upper 25% of their class.

Application Procedures

  1. If you would like to be registered, contact  Henry Dyson ( early in the fall term. Once you are registered, you will submit your application online to the Truman Foundation.
  2. Submit three letters of recommendation from faculty, work/internship/volunteer supervisors, or community leaders who can speak to your;
    1. Leadership Abilities and Potential (PDF Link).
    2. Commitment to a Career in Public Service (PDF Link).
    3. Intellect and Prospects for Continued Academic Success (PDF Link).
  3. Note that the writer of your Public Service letter should discuss the same service activity that you write about in response to Question #7 on the online application.  Please have letters sent directly to Henry Dyson at
  4. Write a policy statement addressing an issue of importance relevant to your application and future career plans.  See the Truman Foundation’s website for details.
  5. Completed applications, letters of recommendation, and policy statements are due to Henry Dyson in the LSA Honors Program on the Monday before Thanksgiving at 12 noon.
  6. The U-M Truman Committee will interview candidates and select U-M’s official nominees in early December.  Committee members will work extensively with these nominees to polish their applications before submission to the Truman Foundation in late January.

Contact: Henry Dyson, LSA Honors Program