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Harry S. Truman Scholarship Information Session


Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 1:00PM - 2:00PM


What is the Truman Scholarship? 

  • The Harry S. Truman Scholarship recognizes outstanding students with a demonstrated commitment to public service. Students must be pursuing a career in public service.
  • 50-60 awards are given nationally to current juniors. The scholarship contributes up to $30,000 towards graduate education in public service fields, as well as providing leadership and internship opportunities to scholars.

How does the Truman define public service? 

  • The Truman defines public service as employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private schools and public service-oriented nonprofit organizations such as those whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment.

Who is eligible to apply? 

  • U.S. citizens or nationals.
  • Juniors (students planning to graduate between December 2019 and August 2020).
  • Students planning to attend graduate or professional school. Must be in the top 25% of their class.
  • Must have demonstrated experience in public service and pursuing a career within the public sector. 

Information Sessions: Wednesday 10/10 12:00-1:00pm, Tuesday 10/16 1:00-2:00 Kuhn Honors and Scholars Center 102 Can't attend? E-mail fellowships@osu.edu

What are the selection criteria? 

  • Extensive record of campus and community service.
  • Commitment to a career in government or the nonprofit and advocacy sectors.
  • Excellent communication skills and a high probability of becoming a “change agent” in one’s field.
  • Strong academic record with likely acceptance by a first-rate graduateschool.

How do I apply? 

  • Students must apply to Ohio State for the university’s nomination. Each institution may nominate up to four applicants. The Undergraduate Fellowship Office coordinates the nomination and application process.
  • Applications will be due to Ohio State on November 30. Selected nominees will have time to refine their application before the national deadline. 

The online application consists of the following:

  • Official transcripts from all institutions
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Application form, including education, coursework, activities, honors and awards and several essays including leadership experience, public service experience, graduate school and career plans, personal information and policy proposal 

You must be registered in the online system in order to access the application. If you would like the Undergraduate Fellowship Office to register you, please contact us at fellowships@osu.edu.

Where I can find resources to help me? 

  • The Undergraduate Fellowship Office can provide assistance with feedback on essays, selecting writers for letters of recommendation and getting started on the application path. Please email us at fellowships@osu.edu to set up an appointment.
  • Faculty members are essential in providing feedback on the policy proposal.

More information can be found on the Truman’s official website, http://www.truman.gov 

Location : 102 Kuhn Honors and Scholars Center
Contact : Undergraduate Fellowship Office

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