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1. SNAPSHOT

The Truman Scholarship is for those with a 3.6/+ GPA interested in a career in PUBLIC SERVICE, in the broadest sense. Up to 80 awards of up to $26,000. Smith may nominate up to four juniors. Final campus deadline mid-December. JUNIORS may apply but must register their interest in applying with Smith's Fellowships Program as an early Spring Sophomore after digesting
http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/rhodes_elig.php
and by matching their qualifications to Winning Selection Criteria below.

2. OUTLINE

Future "change-agents" whose bottom-line is making a difference, not making a dollar. The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation is a federal memorial to the 33rd U.S. president founded in 1977

JUNIORS APPLY: Top 25% of class, 3.6+ GPA, leadership & service record, U.S. citizen, communication skills, interested in public service career: government, NGO, education, non-profit, advocacy. Conservation, economics, education, environmental management/protection, government, human resources, international relations, law, non-profit management, political science, public administration/health/policy, social services/work, technology policy, etc.

75 to 80 Juniors Awarded (from 700 nominees = 11% chance) up to $26,000 of which $2,000 is paid in senior year and $24,000 for the first two years of graduate school at $12,000 per year. Award also includes federal internship & job opportunities, leadership training, graduate school & career counseling, priority admission & financial aid at premier institutions. Can be used for study at an overseas university. One scholar per state plus up to 30 at-large scholars.

In addition to juniors, also invited to enquire are fall SOPHOMORES (spring sophomores should begin the application process) and FIRST-YEARS. Learn what's required to win. Become superbly PREPARED: Public service: 2 years in 2 arenas, sustained involvement: campus organizations/activities including student government, volunteer work &/or community service, government internships, advocacy/interest groups, elections &/or political campaigns for public office. Leadership record: Active leadership roles and offices held. The longer or more the better. Current events: Solid grasp of political and social issues, and the workings of government.

The most advantageous time to register for a fellowship is in the spring, starting mid February. Statistics show that those who register earlier fare far better. The deadline to register for the Truman is the end of September. Petitions to register later may be considered from students who show exceptional promise to be successful in fellowships competitions.

Maybe doing Junior Year Abroad? All the more reason to begin application as a sophomore!

MUST READ www.truman.gov to understand variations. Questions? office@truman.com.

Commitment to the Truman application process is perfect training for applying in your senior year for prestigious and lucrative fellowships such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Gates and Mitchell, as well as preparation for graduate school and other post-graduate applications. Can defer award.

Plan to begin your application straight after Spring Break of your SOPHOMORE year.

Smith may nominate up to 4 juniors who enter home state competitions. 1st round of selection held on campus. Chosen candidates become Smith nominees to the Truman Foundation that selects 200-230 finalists for invitation to 19 regional interview committees that elect scholars.

For Truman application and interview strategies from past winners, look at the Live to Learn Fellowships Resource link here.

3. WINNING SELECTION CRITERIA

Also see: http://www.smith.edu/fellowships/eligibility.php for further information about eligibility.

Truman candidates must satisfy the following 10 qualifiers:

1. A candidate must be in the upper quarter of her class. This is guaranteed with a GPA of at least 3.6.

2. A candidate already demonstrates leadership and evidences potential to be a change agent in sufficient abundance that the college can easily cite examples to the foundation [See Foundation website for examples to evaluate potential change agents].

3. A candidate qualifies as an outstanding representative of the institution, for example, is worthy of being put forward:
  • as a student trustee,
  • as a student member of a dean or presidential search committee,
  • or for other positions of exceptional responsibility, such as being invited to argue an unpopular cause to the institution trustees on behalf of students or the community.
4. A candidate must show two or more years of sustained service to at least two of the following:
  • to the campus community [Application Question 2],
  • to the community at large [Question 3],
  • possibly some government involvement (e.g. public advocacy groups, partisan political campaigns, or governmental institutions such as commissions, boards) [Question 4].
One or more service activities should relate to a candidate's intended career [Questions 13 and 14].

5. A candidate must demonstrate sustained leadership to achieve some goal or objective [Question 7].

6. A candidate makes a clear connection among responses to Questions 9, 10, 12, 13, 14 and the Policy Proposal.

7. A candidate identifies a specific graduate school and shows some understanding of the proposed graduate program [Question 12].

8. A candidate describes a credible career in public service [Questions 13 and 14].

9. A candidate provides an interesting or intriguing response to Question 15, a vital answer, using it to explain her motivation for career interests unless covered previously. [The Guidance to Candidates section on www.truman.gov provides examples of satisfactory and unsatisfactory responses to Question 15 as well as to Questions 7, 8, 9 and 12].

10. A polished application is essential to win. A candidate must write engagingly and present a clearly laid-out application with flawless grammar, spelling and punctuation. Questions 7, 8, 9 and 12 must be addressed with precision. It is suggested that nominees consult a writing guide such as Strunk & White's Elements of Style.

- From the Truman Scholarship Foundation

4. SAMPLE APPLICATION

Click here to download.

5. OTHER DESCRIPTION

The Truman Scholarship is a $30,000 merit-based grant awarded to undergraduate students, who wish financial support to attend graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in government, the non-profit sector or elsewhere in public service.

The Foundation seeks candidates who have extensive records of public and community service, are committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service, and have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills. Financial need is not a consideration.

Website: http://www.truman.gov

6. ELIGIBILITY

Also see: http://www.smith.edu/fellowships/eligibility.php for further information about eligibility.

WHEN TO BEGIN WHICH BY SCHOOL YEAR
  • Sophomores Start Application After Spring Break
  • See tips on writing an effective resume
  • ADD expanded section listing every “public” service, community involvement of any and all kinds.
(POST-)GRADUATE OR UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
Graduate Fellowship (apply as junior) & Undergraduate fellowship (first $2000 used in senior year)

DOMESTIC & FOREIGN, OR FELLOWSHIPS ABROAD
Domestic and Foreign Fellowship (use at U.S. or foreign university)

WHERE IN THE WORLD TO USE International Fellowship (use at U.S. or foreign university)

GPA AND RELATED MINIMUMS
  • 3.8-plus, top 25% of class, 2 years in 2 public-service arenas.
  • Sustained participation in two or more of the following:
    • Campus activities
    • Community activities
    • Partisan politics and campaigns
    • Government internships or employment
    • Public or nonprofit board or commission
  • Typically, sustained participation is demonstrated by a two-year commitment, although not necessarily as a member of one organization, as it could be sustained commitment to a particular cause. It is not a strict eligibility issue but rather how compelling a candidate's case is, how confident the selection committee is that this person has demonstrated leadership, service, and a commitment to a career in public service.
  • (Community involvement, contribution to society, leadership or initiative, all count as much as grade level. Fellowships = character, not intellectualism alone.)
CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS
U.S. citizens only

AGE, SCHOOL-YEAR, OTHER RESTRICTIONS
Only juniors in application year, any age, planning public service career graduate studies

DURATION OF FELLOWSHIP, AMOUNT OF AWARD
$26,000 in total. The scholarship is broken down between senior year of college ($2,000) and the first two years of graduate school ($12,000 a year x 2 = 24,000).

CHANCE OF AWARD: ODDS FOR EACH COMPETITION
  • Truman +/- 11% or 1 in 9 chance for the up to four Smith nominees
  • With fellowships requiring Smith nomination, there is first a competition on campus to be nominated.
  • For Truman, nomination chances are usually 50% or more.
  • It is suggested that sophomores and juniors applying for fellowships also work with the CDO in order to have alternate vision strategies in place that include applying for more fellowships! Contact them at x2570 or x2582.
  • Much material prepared for one fellowship application can be modified to fit another.
HOW SMITHIES HAVE FARED IN COMPETITIONS
1 fellow (+ 3 finalists) out of 7 applicants in the 2 years 2002-2003 = 14%, 1.3 times better than the 11% national average.

COMPETITION CRITERIA IN JUDGING CANDIDATES
How the Foundations Evaluate and Rate Candidates, What They Seek in Candidates & How You are Judged, Plus Other Vital Criteria Considered by the Foundations (PLEASE ALSO CONSULT THE NOTES IN THIS CATEGORY SECTION)

Truman candidates must satisfy the following 10 qualifiers:
  • A candidate must be in the upper quarter of her class. This is guaranteed with a GPA of at least 3.6.
  • A candidate already demonstrates leadership and evidences potential to be a change agent in sufficient abundance that the college can easily cite examples to the foundation [See Foundation website for examples to evaluate potential change agents].
  • A candidate qualifies as an outstanding representative of the institution, for example, is worthy of being put forward:
    • as a student trustee,
    • as a student member of a dean or presidential search committee,
    • or for other positions of exceptional responsibility, such as being invited to argue an unpopular cause to the institution trustees on behalf of students or the community.
  • A candidate must show two or more years of sustained service to at least two of the following:
    • to the campus community [Application Question 2],
    • to the community at large [Question 3],
    • possibly some government involvement (e.g. public advocacy groups, partisan political campaigns, or governmental institutions such as commissions, boards) [Question 4].
    • One or more service activities should relate to a candidate's intended career [Questions 13 and 14].
  • A candidate must demonstrate sustained leadership to achieve some goal or objective [Question 7].
  • A candidate makes a clear connection among responses to Questions 9, 10, 12, 13, 14 and the Policy Proposal.
  • A candidate identifies a specific graduate school and shows some understanding of the proposed graduate program [Question 12].
  • A candidate describes a credible career in public service [Questions 13 and 14].
  • A candidate provides an interesting or intriguing response to Question 15, a vital answer, using it to explain her motivation for career interests unless covered previously. [The Guidance to Candidates section on www.truman.gov provides examples of satisfactory and unsatisfactory responses to Question 15 as well as to Questions 7, 8, 9 and 12].
  • A polished application is essential to win. A candidate must write engagingly and present a clearly laid-out application with flawless grammar, spelling and punctuation. Questions 7, 8, 9 and 12 must be addressed with precision. It is suggested that nominees consult a writing guide such as the Strunk & White's Elements of Style.
- From the Truman Scholarship Foundation

FORMAL APPLICATION YEAR & TIME OF YEAR
Formal Application Year (Fall Term) Juniors Late Fall Fellowship (due on campus early December)

J-TERM GRADUATE ELIGIBILITY
  • Applications open to students who are second-term juniors in the fall before the following January when applications are finally due and who will graduate January of the next calendar year.
  • Also open to students in third year of collegiate study, who will graduate in the May following the January closing date.
  • Consult Truman website &/or email foundation for rule application to current year.
LEVEL OF SMITH COLLEGE SPONSORSHIP
Required Level of Smith College Sponsorship Nominee Allocation (up to FOUR)

REAPPLYING FOR FELLOWSHIPS
Can apply Junior year only.

DEFERRING FELLOWSHIPS
Confirm your specific situation directly with sponsoring foundation or fellowship administrators. The $2000 offered by the Truman fellowship for senior year can be used only as an undergraduate. The $24,000 for graduate study can be deferred for up to four years following graduation, sometimes five years with special permission.


 7. WEBSITE
     http://www.truman.gov
     Questions: office@truman.org