Truman Scholarship

See Dates & Deadlines page for schedule of information meeting.

The Truman Scholarship Program recognizes students with interests in graduate or professional study and careers in public affairs and public service.

Grants of $3,000 for the senior year of a bachelor's degree program and up to $9,000 per year for three years of graduate and professional study, or up to $30,000 for three years of graduate and professional study. The awards are based on merit, without regard to financial need. 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 Truman funds.

600-700 applicants; 70-75 scholarships awarded. Middlebury may nominate up to four candidates.

Students who are juniors at the time of application--February of each year--must be nominated by Middlebury College. Nominees must be United States citizens, and must intend to enroll in a graduate program leading to a career in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service. Students must be in the top quartile of their class, generally requiring a GPA of 3.7 or better.


Nomination by Middlebury College is required.  To apply for nomination, submit the following:

  • a current resume (include awards and honors, employment, internships, public service, community activities);
  • copy of your degree progress report from Banner;
  • and the Preliminary Application
  • Signed Fellowship Waiver/Permission Form

Download Application Here (.docx)

Deadlines (internal and external) for scholarships and fellowships listed on the Middlebury website can be found on the Dates and Deadlines page; external deadlines are also listed on program websites.


Lisa Gates, Associate Dean for Fellowships and Research
Davis Family Library 225G

Truman Scholarship