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T HE T RUMAN S CHOLARSHIP www.truman.gov Campus Information Session: 4 November 2014
The Truman Scholarship: Recognizes juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; and Provides them with financial support for graduate/professional school study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.
Truman Scholars Receive: Up to $30,000 for graduate/professional school study Priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions Leadership training Career and graduate school counseling Special internship opportunities within the federal government including Truman-Albright Fellows Prgm and others. 8 week summer institute in DC after college graduation
Are You a Potential Truman Scholar? Do you want to be a "change agent,” improving the ways in which government agencies, nonprofit organizations, or educational institutions serve the public? Are there conditions in our society or the environment that trouble you? Do you want/need to earn a master's degree, a doctorate, or a professional degree (e.g., law, medicine, Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Social Work, Master of Education, Master of Public Policy)?
Are You a Truman Scholar, con’t COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACADEMIC RECORD Do you participate extensively in two or more of the following sets of activities: Student government and/or campus-based extracurricular activities; Community service-related activities; Government internships, commissions or boards, advocacy or interest groups, nonpartisan political activities, or military/ROTC; Partisan political activities and campaigns Are you involved with organizations or activities related to your career interests? GPA is less important than engagement & promise as indicators of potential for continued success.
The Application Career Vision Personal Character -istics Resume Items
Items 2-6 (College/HS Activities; Public/Community/Civic Service Activities; Part- time/Full-Time Jobs & Nongovernmental Internships; Awards/Scholarships/Honors/Presentations etc.) Transcripts Alert the Foundation to any unusual circumstances that have limited your activities or affected your grades. Note such restrictions in Item 15.
Personal Characteristics Use Items 7-11 and 11-14 to reveal your values, interests, and motivation for a career as a “change agent” in public service. Item 15 is of extreme importance—it allows for personality and context to give the application more meaning as a whole. Write about significant dimensions of yourselves or explanations of your commitment to careers in public service not been covered elsewhere in the application.
Leadership Example (Item 7) Describe an example of your leadership Choose an example from college Reflect upon your leadership “Leadership Abilities & Potential” LOR must confirm the example used
Public Service Example (Item 8) Describe a recent particularly satisfying public service activity Must be different from the Leadership Activity (Item 7) LOR will discuss your public service activities but does not need to be directly tied to your example
Career Vision (Items: 9 - 14, Policy Proposal) Item 9: Problems/Needs of Society You Wish to Address Item 10: 3 Most Significant Courses Item 12: Grad/Prof School Plans Item 13: 1 st Professional Job After Grad/Prof School Item 14: Professional Job 5-7 Years Later Policy Proposal: Relates to Item 9
Question 9 & Policy Proposal Prepare a convincing Policy Proposal. You will have limited space to examine a significant policy issue or problem that is in your currently intended area of public service as described in Item 9. Your Proposal memo needs to define the problem, lay out your proposed solution, and identify major obstacles to the implementation of your solution. Provide statistical data to put the issue in context and to support your recommendations. Cite major sources.
Career Trajectory (Items 10 & 12-14) 3 most significant courses in preparation for your career (Item 10) Graduate/Professional School Aspirations (Item 12) Propose a detailed plan for study in Item 11. Name the graduate institutions of greatest interest that are likely to accept you. First professional job (Item 13) Mid-career job (Item 14)
Policy Proposal Address to appropriate governmental official Use statistical data to define the problem. Choose sources carefully. Use persuasive, credible data to explain your position. Make your recommendations specific, clear, and understandable. Handle obstacles fairly. Capture briefly the legitimacy of the opposition. Do not provide “response” to the obstacles identified.
3 Letters of Recommendation Leadership Potential & Abilities Directly tied to response in Item 7 (Leadership) Commitment to a Career in Public Service Intellect & Prospects for Continuing Academic Success *** LORs are sent directly to Dean Goldberg as WORD attachments, on letterhead, signed. Dean Goldberg is responsible for uploading LORs to the applications.
LOR: Leadership Potential/Abilities LOR must confirm and elaborate upon the leadership example used (Item 7). LOR should address your personal characteristics (confidence, persuasiveness, diligence, conviction, vitality, poise, etc.) and how those characteristics contribute to your success as a leader (past, present, future). LOR may also reference other instances of your leadership (Resume Items 2-5). Discuss leadership example with recommender—ensure that what you say & what recommender says are consonant with one another.
LOR: Commitment to Public Service Career LOR should discuss a significant contribution made by you through 1or more public service, community service or government-related activities LOR should address your values, interests, goals, &/or ambitions which represent commitment to a career in public service. LOR is NOT directly tied to the public service example used in your application. The LOR may include the work you did (Item 8 & Resume Items 2- 5).
LOR: Intellectual Prospects/Con’t Success LOR should discuss your intelligence, academic performance, analytical abilities, and other characteristics which will contribute to the applicant’s success in graduate/professional school and beyond. Share with recommender your career plans (as articulated in Items 12-14). You may also want to provide recommender with list of awards & honors, publications & presentations, etc.
Apply! Request Access to Application & Receive Application ID (email firstname.lastname@example.org)email@example.com Complete Application On-line through www.truman.gov www.truman.gov LORs submitted as email attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Request official transcripts from Registrar’s Office (have sent to Dean Goldberg) CAMPUS DEADLINE: 18 December 2014 Official Deadline: 3 February 2015
Frequent Reasons for Non-Advancement Lack of substantial &/or sustained record of service Proposing an inappropriate degree/s that will allow applicant to address the problems identified in Item 9 and for achieving the position/s identified in Items 12 & 14 No/weak aspiration to a position/s that will enable the application to affect policies or to change programs No/weak evidence of leadership Overall disconnect between individual responses & desired future – application doesn’t cohere/lacks conviction
Rating Form Public Service (Items 2-4, 8, LORs) [0 – 3 pts] Leadership (Items 2-4, 7, LORs) [0 – 3 pts] Appropriateness of proposed grad study plans (Items 3, 6, 10, 12 -13, transcript, Policy Prop, LORs) [0 – 3 pts] Quality of application, consistency of responses, good picture of applicant & motivations for public service career [0 – 2 pts] Bonus [0 – 1 pt]
How Selection Panels “Read” Recognize that grades are less important than leadership/public service record Transcript (types of courses taken) is more important than GPA Seek finalists with extensive record of campus & community/public service Probability of becoming a “change agent” Recognize that few applicants are strong in all areas. Gaps in application selection criteria are acceptable IF there is a record of campus & community service and a commitment to a career in public service/advocacy.
Campus Selection & Beyond LC is permitted to nominate up to 4 candidates. We will work extensively with those nominated prior to official submission in early February. National selection done at regional level (Finalist posted 27 Feb). Regional finalists are invited for interview (5 March - 11April). Numbers: Approx. 600 nominees, 200 finalists, & 55-65 awards Awardees must attend Truman Scholarship Leadership Week Awardees must work in public service relevant job for 3 yrs (within 7 yrs following completion of Truman funding)