|Initial Bowdoin Deadline:||December 2, 2013 (noon)|
|Campus Interview:||December 9 and 10, 2013 (anticipated)
|Bowdoin Final Deadline:||January 30, 2014 (noon)
|Campus Contact:||Cindy Stocks, Director of Student Fellowships and Research|
*Information derived from www.truman.gov
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation is the federal memorial to our thirty-third President. The mission of the Truman Scholarship Foundation is: (1) 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 (2) 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 funds a variety of degrees in a number of disciplines. Priority is given not to degrees, but to those candidates who can demonstrate a strong likelihood of a career in the public sector and a desire to be a change agent. The Foundation 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.
The Truman is a very competitive national scholarship. Each year, the Foundation reviews over 600 applications for the 60 to 65 Scholarships awarded annually. These 600 applications do not include the students who compete on their own campus for one of a school's four nominations.
The Foundation provides:
Each nominee for the Truman Scholarship must be:
A good candidate for the Truman Scholarship meets the above eligibility requirements and also:
The Foundation 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.
Service Requirement. All candidates should be aware that the Truman Scholarship has a service requirement. Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Foundation funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving funding. Scholars who are not employed in public service for a total of three years, or who fail to provide proof to the Foundation of such employment, will be required to repay any funds received along with interest. The Foundation will have an appeals process for those Scholars in special circumstances.
Bowdoin’s Internal Selection Process. Interested students should contact Cindy Stocks in the Office of Student Fellowships and Research and request that they be registered in the Truman online system. Once registration is complete, students will receive an email with log-in instructions.
The College is allowed to nominate up to four Bowdoin students annually for the Truman Scholarship. The Selection Committee will review the materials listed below, and those applicants deemed competitive will be scheduled for an interview. To be considered, applicants must submit the following materials to the Office of Student Fellowships and Research by the “Initial Bowdoin Deadline” (see above). Based on these materials and the interviews, the Committee will decide which students will receive Bowdoin’s nomination.
The four items listed above can be either hand-delivered to Corey Colwill in 113 Kanbar Hall or electronically submitted as PDFs to Corey Colwill (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Materials for the Final Application. Bowdoin can nominate up to four students. If you receive Bowdoin’s nomination, it is your responsibility to continue revising and collecting your materials. By the Final Bowdoin Deadline:
More about the Selection Process. Mid-February, the Foundation will post a list of finalists on their website. Approximately 200 finalists will be interviewed in various locations around the country throughout March. Names of the 60 to 65 selected Truman Scholars will be posted on the Foundation’s website by the end of March.
Lonnie Hackett '14
Lonnie is majoring in biochemistry at Bowdoin. His steadfast interest in serving the underprivileged has led him to volunteer in Zambia and Nepal. In Zambia, he organized health education lessons for orphans and vulnerable children and has since developed a program providing health services to over 500 children. While in Nepal, Lonnie volunteered in rural health clinics and conducted an independent research project aimed at improving healthcare utilization in developing countries. The Truman Scholarship provides leadership training, funds a D.C. internship, and grants up to $30,000 toward graduate school. After earning an M.D./M.P.H., Lonnie plans to practice medicine abroad and work on global health policy in order to improve healthcare in developing countries. (Read More)
Kyle Dempsey '11
In recognition of his extensive record of public and community service, outstanding leadership potential, and commitment to a career in public service, Kyle received a Truman Scholarship. Awarded to only sixty college juniors in the country, this scholarship provides leadership training, funds a D.C. internship, and grants up to $30,000 toward graduate school. After earning an M.D./M.P.H. degree, Kyle plans to combine a clinical practice with policy work aimed at providing equal healthcare access for all people. (Read more)
For a comprehensive list of Bowdoin fellowship winners, click here.