2021 Truman Scholarship Student Information Session

Thursday / September 24, 2020 / 7:00 p.m.
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Digital portrait of Harry S. Truman

Are you Berklee's next Truman Scholar? Join Berklee's Truman faculty representatives Dustin Gee (Career Center) and Pooja Agarwal (Liberal Arts Department) to learn about the prestigious Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship. Berklee's first-ever Truman Scholarship recipient, Sam Zilli '21, will also discuss their experiences applying and how they intend to use the scholarship to attend law school. 

Eligibility criteria, ideal candidates, and the application process will be reviewed. Time will be reserved for a Q&A. 

How to Participate

RSVP in the Berklee Career Manager. Once you are registered, we'll send you a link to access the webinar in Zoom. 



What Is the Truman Scholarship?

The Truman Scholarship is a competitive national fellowship for college students pursuing careers as public service leaders. Annually, the foundation reviews over 600 applications and selects 55–65 recipients to be named Truman Scholars who receive $30,000 towards graduate school. The Truman Foundation identifies young people at an important inflection point in their development—when they are college juniors (in the fifth and sixth semesters)—and recognizes and rewards their commitment to devote themselves to public service. Truman Scholars go on to work as "change agents" and leaders in government, law, nonprofits, health care reform, climate change, homelessness reform, and more.


  • You must have obtained at least two years of academic credit at a university, college, or community college, and be a full-time student with junior-level academic standing at a four-year institution.
  • Your anticipated graduation date must be between December 2021 and August 2022.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen (or a U.S. national) or expect to receive U.S. citizenship by the date the scholarship will be awarded.

Types of Candidates Sought

Criteria used to select Truman Scholars include: 

  • an extensive records of public and community service;
  • a commitment to a career in government or elsewhere in the public sector; and
  • outstanding leadership potential and communication skills.