Advice & Guidance
An effective Truman personal statement reveals clearly and memorably your story emphasizing your achievements, your passions, your motivation for public service, and your potential as a "change agent."
Written by Dr. Jane Curlin, former Truman Faculty Representative and Director of Nationally Competitive Scholarships at the University of Tulsa, 1994-1998. Dr. Curlin is a writer and consultant and has a Ph.D. in English. She is a currently a Senior Program Manager with the Morris K. Udall Foundation.
1998 Truman Scholarship Participant, Eugene Huang, gives a few general suggestions.
Foundation advice about how to choose a topic and write the all important Policy Proposal.
Read about some of the common errors candidates make in preparing their Truman application.
This list is provided for candidates as a way to self-check their work prior to submitting the materials. Do NOT submit this form to the Foundation.
View samples of satisfactory and unsatisfactory responses to Items 7, 8, 9, 11 and 14.