First of all, you need to confirm if you are eligible to apply for a Harry S. Truman Scholarship or not. To apply for the scholarship, you must be a full-time junior and stand among the upper 25 per cent of your class. In addition to that, you must be studying at a four-year institution, pursuing a Bachelor's degree in the following academic year. You should also be a US citizen or national in order to apply for the scholarship.
Request an application form from your school's Truman Scholarship faculty representative at the beginning of the fall semester. If you don't know who your faculty rep is, contact the office of your school's president.
Compile all the necessary nomination materials for the deadline, including a nomination form and letter from your faculty representative, current and past college transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a completed Truman Scholarship application form, a policy proposal, and a personal statement.
Keep in touch with your faculty representative throughout the nomination and selection process, as they will be able to give you the inside track on any last-minute deadline changes and help you develop your policy proposal and personal statement.
Ask your faculty representative about students who may have won a Truman Scholarship previously. Talking with previous winners may provide valuable information about the scholarship requirements and the selection committee criteria.
Review the guidelines and examples on the Truman Scholarship website for insight on how to write your personal statement and your policy proposal. Ask family and friends to read drafts and suggest improvements.
Be prepared to travel to interviews with a selection panel if you make it through the first cut. Your policy proposal and personal statement will play a big role in your selection.