Letters of recommendation are the most important component to an application, next to the essays written by the candidates. Take a look at our referee guidelines for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.
The mission of the 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 (Harry S. Truman Foundation).
Truman applicants are required to provide three letters of recommendation in addition to the institutional nomination letter. Each of the letters should address one of our selection criteria, but it is acceptable for a letter to discuss more than one criteria.
Please be certain that your comments are in relation to the letter’s specified category. It is encouraged to use concrete examples in your letters that are linked with evidence in support of a student’s character and abilities.
We asked members of our selection panels to share their perspective on the letters they review. Their responses are collected here in two articles. The first is by Executive Secretary Emeritus Louis Blair. The second is by Scott Henderson, 1982 Truman Scholar, Veteran Member of the Truman Scholarship Finalists Selection Committee and Assistant Professor at Furman University.
Your letter should:
Please email the letter to Elizabeth Colucci (email@example.com) by Nov. 1.
Please include a header identifying the type of letter you are submitting (i.e., service, leadership or academics).