Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Up to $30,000 for 2-3 years of graduate study.

Applications will open in fall, but you can start working on your application now. 

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 1 Truman Scholar per state).
  • Ambitious and committed to becoming a change agent.
  • A junior at time of application

Summer / Fall

  • Thoroughly read Truman website, www.truman.gov.
  • Notify Aidan Beatty (aidanbeatty@pitt.edu) with your intent to apply ASAP. YOU MUST BE ENTERED INTO THE TRUMAN ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM before you can begin your application.
  • Schedule a minimum of 3 advising appointments with Aidan Beatty to discuss drafts of your application before the 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.

September: First Campus Deadline

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


  • 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: Final Campus Deadline for Nominees 

  • Submit final application.

Early February

  • Finalist confirmation due

Late February

  • Finalist posting

March through early April 

  • Regional Review Panels


  • Scholar Posting

Late May

  • Truman Scholars Leadership Week