Truman Scholarship

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 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 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.

Initial Bowdoin Deadline:
Campus Interview:
Bowdoin Final Deadline:
Campus Contact:
Cindy Stocks, Director of Student
Fellowships and Research
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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.  

Please be reminded that Bowdoin’s Honor Code applies to the fellowship application process.