Harry S. Truman Scholarship 2017 - Pitt Campus Process

PDF copy of Truman 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

  • 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 December 2 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.

 

NOVEMBER

  • Continue to work on application. Seek advice from writing center and a faculty member/advisor.
  • Give 3 recommendation writers SOLID draft of your application BEFORE THEY COMPLETE THEIR LETTERS.

 

DECEMBER 2, 2016 - 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 27, 2017 - FINAL CAMPUS DEADLINE FOR NOMINEES

  • Submit final application.

 

FEBURARY 7, 2017 – TRUMAN APPLICATION DEADLINE

FEBRUARY 24, 2017 – Final posting 

MARCH 3 through APRIL 7, 2017 – Regional Review Panels 

APRIL 12, 2017 – Scholar Posting 

MAY 23-28, 2017 – Truman Scholars Leadership Week