"Let no day pass without discussing goodness and all the other subjects about which you hear me .... examining both myself and others .....
Life without this sort of examination is not worth living," [Plato, The Last Days of Socrates]
By statute, Truman Scholars are required to submit reports annually to the Foundation if they expect to receive support in the coming year or have deferred Foundation support and expect to receive it in future years. The reports keep the Foundation up-to-date on Scholars's activities, accomplishments, and interests in public service. The Foundation protects sensitive or confidential information in the reports.
A typed report in the form of a 600-1000 word carefully prepared letter to the Executive Secretary should be entered into the Foundation's website by July 15. It should contain the following:
- Reflections on growth and development during the past year;
- Public service and community activities and, if enrolled, school activities over the past 12 months;
- Plans for the coming year (including education emphasis and major courses to be taken in the coming school year if enrollment expected);
- Full-time, part-time or summer employment;
- Current career and public service interests and ambitions;
- Other items of interest (receipt of fellowships, publications, awards, travel).
Remember to include your name, year and state of selection, as well as current and permanent email addresses on all Scholar reports.
Any Scholar who is nearing the end of his or her four years of automatic deferral should include a separate section of the annual report that includes the Scholars' request for additional years of deferral. In requesting extended deferral, Scholars should be sure to explain their continuing commitments to public service leadership. These requests will be considered and responded to by the Executive Secretary.
Please keep in mind that the main purpose of annual reports is for Scholars to fulfill a reporting requirement stipulated in the Foundation's statute. The Executive Secretary provides a personal response to some (but certainly not all) annual reports via email, and it requires the Executive Secretary several months to read the many hundreds of reports that are submitted each year. For any pressing questions or for more immediate advice/feedback, Truman Scholars should be in direct touch with Dr. Babcock-Lumish, the Foundation's Executive Secretary.