Truman Student Information Guide

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards $30,000 merit based scholarships to college students who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. Public service is defined as work in non-profit organizations, public and private schools, any level of government or other areas where the primary purpose is to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment.


In order to be eligible to apply, candidates must be full-time juniors, have a desire to obtain an advanced degree, be committed to a career in public service, be a US citizen or natural and have a GPA of 3.7 or above. The ideal candidate will have experience in public service in the local community, or on campus, and have a major that is clearly related to public service. Applicants must be nominated by UIC. Applications are not accepted directly from candidates.

Students should be aware that each university may nominate only 4 students per year. If necessary, an internal competition will be held among interested UIC students.


Visit www.uic.edu/depts/oaa/ssp/truman or visit the Truman scholarship website at www.truman.gov for a more detailed description of the scholarship.

If you want to apply for the Truman:

1. Read and download the application and instructions on-line
2. Begin contacting faculty members to write a minimum of 3 letters of recommendation for you.
3. Visit the Office of Special Scholarships to:
a. Provide a list of recommenders
b. Make an appointment with Beth Powers to review your draft application.
4. Contact Records Office in Student Services Building (SSB) to request UIC transcript to be sent to OSSP
4. Begin working on your application well in advance of the UIC deadline

Important Dates for Truman Applicants:

UIC Deadline: Late October
Final Truman Deadline: Early February

For more information contact:

The Office of Special Scholarship Programs
The University of Illinois at Chicago
2506 University Hall, (312) 355-2477