Truman Scholarship Internal Application Now Open
The 2023 Truman Scholarship application process is now underway. The Truman Scholarship is a competitive award for current juniors that offers generous funding for graduate study. The Truman Scholarship focuses on students with ambitions in public service, broadly defined, which includes, as the Truman Foundation notes, scholars from “many fields of study, from agriculture, biology, engineering, technology, medicine, and environmental management, to fields such as economics, education, government, history, international relations, law, political science, public administration, nonprofit management, public health, and public policy.”
Truman evaluates candidates on the basis of their academic achievement, leadership, and public service and launches its winners to great heights in public service leadership. As the Foundation website describes, "Trumans are working in the West Wing, sitting on the US Supreme Court, and serving in federal and state legislatures. They are transforming nonprofits, delivering crucial services and organizing for change in local communities. And Truman Scholars are leaders in academia, research, and health care. They can be found in every branch of the Armed Services. And many make a difference beyond the borders of the United States."
Students are eligible to apply for the Truman Scholarship with either junior-level academic standing or senior-level standing in the third year of college enrollment. Each year, Baylor is allowed to endorse four candidates for the national competition, and can nominate a fifth if one is a transfer student. While the national application for this award is due in early February each year, the competition for campus endorsement occurs in November. As part of this process, Baylor assembles a distinguished panel of people who have made a significant mark in intellectual and public service endeavors, commissioning this panel to select our candidates for endorsement for the national competition. These four endorsed candidates then work with the Office of Engaged Learning to complete application materials from November-February.
Baylor students who are interested in applying should contact Dr. Daniel Benyousky for application materials and instructions for submission. Students who intend to apply must declare with Dr. Benyousky before November 15th, and applications are due before November 28th at 11:59 pm. Select students will be invited to interview December 8th.