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The goal of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation is to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.

The Truman Foundation defines public service as future 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 disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment.

Important Dates │ 2016-17 Truman Scholarship Competition


Monday, August 1, 2016 │ Application opens at

Monday, November 14, 2016 │ University of Iowa Deadline to Apply for Campus Nomination 

Friday, February 3, 2017 Deadline for Final Letters of Recommendation 

Friday, February 3, 2017 │ Deadline for Final Submission of Nominee Applications


Jump for the Truman Photo Collage - 2015

Opportunity Resources: 

  • What does 40 years of supporting the work and study of young public servants mean to scholars? Click here to watch a celebration of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship's 40th Anniversary

  • Are you a strong candidate for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship? Use the checklist below to think through your talent, experience, and interests.  Because many students underestimate their potential as competitors in national competitions, so we recommend that prospective applications discuss their interest with Kelly Thornburg, Honors' Director of Scholar Development before ruling anything out!

PDF iconAre YOU a strong candidate for the Truman Scholarship Checklist.pdf


 UI Application for Campus Nomination Form - Submit a complete DRAFT version of this form and at least two of the three required letters of recommendation.

PDF iconTruman Scholarship - UI Campus Nomination Application Form - 2016-17 Edition.pdf

FileTruman Scholarship - UI Campus Nomination Application Form - 2016-17 Edition.docx


PDF iconSample Application Form - Truman Scholarship.pdf

PDF iconSample Policy Proposal Format - Truman Scholarship.pdf


  Access the UI Undergraduate Fellowships Deadline Schedule here.


Harry S. Truman Scholarship Bulletin of Information - Official Guidelines for Applicants 

PDF iconBulletin of Information - Harry S. Truman Scholarship - 2016-2017.pdf


Writing for Truman Scholarship Applicants - Guidance on content and the funder's expectations

PDF iconWriting for Truman Scholarship Applicants.pdf

PDF iconHow to build a competitive recommendation for the national fellowship applicant.pdf

Recommendation content descriptions  Intellectual Ability, Leadership Potential, Commitment to Public Service

Sample Truman Recommendation Letter  PDF iconTruman LOR Formatting - Sample Document and Instructions.pdf

View a list of the University of Iowa's past Truman winners and finalists here


2015 Truman Interview Group Photo - Kansas Iowa Missouri


Thank you for your interest in applying for campus nomination to the Truman Scholarship at the University of Iowa.  Establishing an early connection to the scholar development resources, workshop opportunities and tailored fellowship advising we are able to offer prospective applicants serves everyone involved in this challenging, but extraordinarily rewarding process. 

We look forward to your questions and to your applications.  Prospective applicants should contact our Director of Scholar Development, Kelly Thornburg as soon as they are aware of their interest in this and any other fellowship opportunity at 335-1874 or at