Harry S. Truman Scholarship 2018 - Pitt Campus Process

National Scholarships Contacts:

Judy Zang, jaz36@pitt.edu, 412-624-3697
Ian Riggins,
ipr5@pitt.edu, 412-628-3698

Characteristics of Potential Truman Scholar

  • Track record of outstanding service, leadership, academic potential.
  • Ability to meaningfully discuss a wide range of domestic and global events.
  • Extremely competitive (typically one Truman Scholar per state).
  • Ambitious and committed to becoming a change agent.

 

OCTOBER THROUGH DECEMBER 8

  • Thoroughly read Truman website, www.truman.gov.
  • Notify Ian Riggins (ipr5@pitt.edu) with your intent to apply ASAP – HE MUST ENTER YOU IN THE TRUMAN ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM for you to begin your application.
  • Schedule a minimum of three advising appointments with Ian Riggins or Judy Zang to discuss drafts of your application before January 8 campus deadline.
  • Begin research for policy proposal.
  • Find faculty mentor with expertise in area of your policy topic. Meet with faculty mentor for initial discussion; make additional appointment for later in November to go over your policy draft.
  • Seek appropriate letter writers who can speak to leadership, service, and intellect.
    • Give 3 recommendation writers SOLID draft of your application BEFORE THEY COMPLETE THEIR LETTERS.
    • LOR writers should send letters via email to Ian Riggins, ipr5@pitt.edu, by December 2.

 

DECEMBER 8, 2017 - FIRST CAMPUS DEADLINE

  • Complete application due, including 3 letters of recommendation, policy proposal, and all transcripts.

MID-DECEMBER

  • Campus interview of candidates; selection of 4 nominees (and up to 3 additional nominations for transfer students).
  • Campus selection committee feedback is given to nominees. Nominees continue to work on applications until final campus deadline.

 

JANUARY 29, 2018 - FINAL CAMPUS DEADLINE FOR NOMINEES

  • Submit final application.

 

February 23, 2018 – Finalist posting 

March 2018 through early April 2018 – Regional Review Panels 

April 18, 2018 – Scholar Posting 

May 22-27, 2018 – Truman Scholars Leadership Week