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Truman Scholarship

Open to US citizens only

Check out this step-by-step guide to the Truman process for potential applicants!

Truman Scholarship

The Truman Scholarship awards merit-based $30,000 scholarships to college juniors who plan to pursue careers in government or in public service (broadly defined), and who wish to attend graduate or professional school to help prepare for their careers.  Scholars may attend graduate or professional school in the United States or internationally.

Applicants should be “change agents,” with a demonstrated passion for improving the ways that government agencies, nonprofit organizations, or educational institutions serve the public. Applicants should be active participants in two or more of the following types of activities:

  • Student government and/or campus-based extracurricular activities
  • Community service-related activities that are not organized by a school or a fraternity/sorority
  • Government internships, commissions or boards, advocacy or interest groups, nonpartisan political activities, military/ROTC
  • Partisan political activities and campaigns


Penn Application Deadline: December 1, 2020


Penn’s Application Process

The Truman Scholarship accepts nominations from institutions – students may not apply independently. To apply to be one of Penn’s nominees, you must complete the following steps by Penn’s Internal Application Deadline of December 1, 2020

  • Interested candidates should contact Lauren Orr by November 1 in order to obtain access to the Truman online application. 
  • As soon as you have arranged for letters of recommendation, fill out a CURF Recommendation Request Form for each recommender. 
  • Submit your application materials through the Truman online application system.
  • Nominated students will receive further instructions.  


Contact Information

Lauren Orr
Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships 
The ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk 
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6224
Please call 215-746-6488 to schedule an appointment

Fellowship Availability


Fellowship Type

Graduate Study

Fellowship Eligibility