Award $30,000 for graduate study
Eligibility must be a sophomore at time of NYU deadline
Preliminary Application
NYU Deadline March 30, 2020

Candidates must:

  • be an undergraduate sophomore at the time of NYU deadline
  • be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. national from a Pacific island
  • demonstrate significant leadership and a commitment to public service
  • plan to build a career in public service


The Truman is a highly competitive, merit-based award offered to U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals from Pacific Islands who want to go to graduate school in preparation for a career in public service. Truman Scholars are persons who have been recognized by the Truman Scholarship Foundation as future "change agents." They have the passion, intellect, and leadership potential that in time should enable them to improve the ways that public entities - be they government agencies, nonprofit organizations, public and private educational institutions, or advocacy organizations - serve the public good.

The Truman website will answer all your queries about eligibility etc. If you have a question about the details of your application, please check with the website before emailing us at

NYU's Internal Selection Process

More than many scholarship competitions, the Truman application process is just that—a process. NYU is allowed to nominate four juniors and will work extensively with them over the course of six months in the preparation of their final applications. This work will include weekly meetings as a group, researching and writing answers to essay prompts, and reviewing one another’s work. Past nominees have compared the workload to having an extra half-course in their schedule; nominees must be fully committed to participating in this process, knowing that, because our nominees may be spread around the globe, meeting times may take place at inconvenient hours. You will submit your final application early February 2021.

The best way to find out more about the Truman is to consult the scholarship website ( which specifies eligibility criteria, application procedures, and offers scholar profiles. In general, though, Truman scholars are students who are “change agents”—they’re students who’ve begun or developed organizations, who have a commitment to a career in public service, show a record of dedication to a particular cause (and a desire to work on that issue throughout their career), have some experience (even minimal) in policy or politics, and are articulate and well versed in a variety of topics. All in all, they’re highly motivated, passionate, and energetic people.

If you would like to apply, you need to fill out the application form, and follow the instructions at the top of that page for submitting ancillary materials. The selection process may involve an interview for select candidates.  The deadline for applying for NYU’s nominations is March 30. The selection process will involve an interview. We will announce the nominees by early May.

Please contact us at with any questions about the Truman Scholarship, the nomination process, or the application for nominations. We look forward to working with and getting to know you.

Advice from NYU Truman Scholarship Recipient:

Krystal McLeod: 

Krystal is dedicated to addressing educational outcomes for low-income minority students. After witnessing first-hand the educational disparities within her own household and community, she has used her experience with national nonprofits to develop her own educational initiative “My” Right to Learn, as both a Dalai Lama and Gallatin Global Human Rights Fellow. In 2014, she instituted this summer program for low-income minority youth with the hope of deconstructing traditional classroom barriers and reconceptualizing educational equity. Her goal was to encourage mindful future leaders that, in addition to academic competency, possess self-awareness and an understanding of the social and economic trends that affect their communities. Since then "My" Right to Learn has been recognized by New York University for its lasting impact with the 2015 Martin Luther King Trailblazer Award. Krystal has been honored as both a 2015 Independent Sector Community Service Award Recipient for her organization's impact and as a President's Service Individual Awardee for impacting the university in the areas of learning , leadership and quality student life. Over the next decade, Krystal hopes to see tangible growth and impact in “My” Right to Learn's work.