The Truman Scholarship

This award requires university nomination or interview and cannot be applied to directly. Students must work with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships and meet university deadlines.

Overview

The Truman Scholarship seeks juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service. The scholarship supports graduate or professional study, leadership training and fellowship with other scholars who are committed to making a difference through public service.

Deadline

  • Campus Deadline: Nov. 15
  • External Deadline: February 

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen or a U.S. national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • Must be a full-time student pursuing a bachelor's degree with junior-level academic standing or have senior-level standing in third year of college enrollment.
  • Commitment to a career in public service.
  • Strong record of leadership, public and community service.
  • Able to attend the Truman Scholars Leadership Week.

How to Apply

Selection Process

The Truman Scholarship is by nomination through the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships. A committee of UB staff and faculty will review applications to shortlist candidates for interviews, and select up to four campus nominees.  Campus nominees will work with advisors in preparation for the regional finals in March.

Campus Liaison

Past Award Recipients and Honorees

Year

Name

Award

Field(s) of Study

Hometown

Graduate School

2020

Kay Kennedy

Finalist

Political Science

Buffalo, NY


2018

Michael Brown

Finalist

Political Science and Computer Science

Buffalo, NY


2016

Madelaine Britt

Recipient

Political Science and Environmental Design

Rochester, NY


2015

Sean Kaczmarek

Finalist

Economics and Political Science

West Seneca, NY

University College London

2013

Christine Tjahjadi-Lopez

Finalist

International Trade

Getzville, NY

University at Buffalo

2011

Kristina Blank

Finalist

Social Science Interdisciplinary

Craryville, NY

University of Washington

2009

Emily Bauer

Finalist

Biological Sciences

Wayland, NY 

Cornell University

2008

Aaron Krolikowski

Finalist

Political Science and Social Science Interdisciplinary

Glenwood, NY

University of Oxford

1992

Clayton Robertson

Finalist


Schenectady, NY