Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation The living memorial to our 33rd President, inspiring and supporting Americans toward careers as public service leaders.

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As vaccinations begin across the world, our Truman physicians, nurses, epidemiologists, policymakers & others in the COV...
12/21/2020

As vaccinations begin across the world, our Truman physicians, nurses, epidemiologists, policymakers & others in the COVID-19 trenches are sharing powerful stories from the past nine months.

Dr. Clarissa Barnes (SD 03), Dr. Kent Bradley (KS 86), and Dr. Lisa Doggett (TX 94) were honored to be among the first to receive their vaccinations last week. 💉

As City Manager of Pismo Beach, California, our Jim Lewis (CA 96) finds inspiration in local government. ☀️Lewis took Pr...
12/18/2020

As City Manager of Pismo Beach, California, our Jim Lewis (CA 96) finds inspiration in local government. ☀️

Lewis took President Truman’s challenge to be a public servant to heart, seeking to improve the quality of his residents’ lives every day. #TruFamFriday

A member of the Apsáalooke Nation, our Brianna Bull Shows (MT 20) strives to improve health outcomes and access to care ...
12/11/2020

A member of the Apsáalooke Nation, our Brianna Bull Shows (MT 20) strives to improve health outcomes and access to care for her community.

Through the Indigenous non-profit Messengers, Bull Shows facilitates patient-provider communication and cultural education, work recognized as a McNair and Udall Scholar. #TruFamFriday 👥

Author, lawyer, former GA legislator & national voting rights advocate, our Stacey Abrams (MS 94) continuously adapts he...
12/04/2020

Author, lawyer, former GA legislator & national voting rights advocate, our Stacey Abrams (MS 94) continuously adapts her efforts to best serve her community. 🗳

Now Chair at Fair Fight Action, she acknowledges the role her TruFam played in her life and career. #TruFamFriday

To our Board of Trustees, their staffs & our Scholars in attendance, thank you for a substantive & engaging 2020 Board o...
12/04/2020

To our Board of Trustees, their staffs & our Scholars in attendance, thank you for a substantive & engaging 2020 Board of Trustees meeting.

We appreciate your service, and we thank you for your continued support of public service and the living memorial to our 33rd President. 🇺🇸

We are continuously grateful for our partnership with Partnership for Public Service. 🏛🇺🇸Thank you Mr. David Marchick, D...
12/03/2020

We are continuously grateful for our partnership with Partnership for Public Service. 🏛🇺🇸

Thank you Mr. David Marchick, Director of the Center for Presidential Transition at PPS, for joining our Governance Fellows last night for a post-election transition conversation!

Today, we were honored to host Mr. David Rubenstein of The Carlyle Group to discuss his bestseller How To Lead.Deemed “t...
12/01/2020

Today, we were honored to host Mr. David Rubenstein of The Carlyle Group to discuss his bestseller How To Lead.

Deemed “the essential leadership playbook”, Mr. Rubenstein surely inspired our Scholars in their public service pursuits.

Thank you for your patriotic leadership! 🇺🇸

Fighting COVID in a national hotspot, Dr. Clarissa Barnes (SD 03) is an internist, hospitalist & physician advisor at Av...
11/27/2020

Fighting COVID in a national hotspot, Dr. Clarissa Barnes (SD 03) is an internist, hospitalist & physician advisor at Avera McKennan Hospital in South Dakota. 🏥

COVID provided her role new meaning but her motivation stays the same: care for patients & improve the practice. #TruFamFriday

Growing up on his family's farm in Ray, North Dakota, our Matthew Perdue (ND 15) knew he wanted to serve farming and ran...
11/20/2020

Growing up on his family's farm in Ray, North Dakota, our Matthew Perdue (ND 15) knew he wanted to serve farming and ranching families for his career.

After working for U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Farmers Union in DC, his career has taken him full-circle back home - now serving as Government Relations Director at North Dakota Farmers Union. #TruFamFriday 🌾

Truman Scholars define service in many ways, but they all share a drive to help others. 💙Lt. Governor of Washington Cyru...
11/13/2020

Truman Scholars define service in many ways, but they all share a drive to help others. 💙

Lt. Governor of Washington Cyrus Habib (WA 02) has served in public office since 2012. Now, he will be joining the Jesuits to serve his community in a new capacity. #TruFamFriday

In 1917, President Truman enlisted in the Army - the only president to see combat during World War I. After, Truman affi...
11/11/2020

In 1917, President Truman enlisted in the Army - the only president to see combat during World War I. After, Truman affirmed his “whole political career is based on my war service”.

This #VeteransDay, we extend gratitude to our Scholars who have served in our armed forces.

Dr. Friend has served as a chair of our Philadelphia Regional Review Panel and was a friend to many in our community. Ou...
11/10/2020
Theodore Wood Friend 3d, former president of the Eisenhower Fellowships, dies at 89

Dr. Friend has served as a chair of our Philadelphia Regional Review Panel and was a friend to many in our community. Our thoughts are with his family. https://www.inquirer.com/obituaries/theodore-wood-friend-iii-president-swarthmore-college-eisenhower-fellowships-historian-died-dies-obituaries-obituary-20201109.html

Not only was Dr. Friend a historian, college leader, and president of the Eisenhower Fellowships; he also wrote four books, one of which received the prestigious Bancroft Prize.

Among the first female officers to serve on board  American submarines, Lieutenant Phoebe Kotlikoff (NY 12) is a trailbl...
11/06/2020

Among the first female officers to serve on board American submarines, Lieutenant Phoebe Kotlikoff (NY 12) is a trailblazer. ⚓️

As she makes history in the submarine service, she thinks of her Tru-family as a source of hope. #TruFamFriday

11/05/2020
Raie Gessesse (MN 19) reflects on Summer Institute

Our Raie Gessesse (MN 19) participated in this summer’s virtual Summer Institute, training 10,000+ young women to engage their community politically with Ignite National. 🗳

Hear Raie’s reflections on the summer and her gratitude for the support of the Truman community.

On this #ElectionDay, our #TrumansOnTheBallot seek to serve their communities across party lines and levels of governmen...
11/03/2020

On this #ElectionDay, our #TrumansOnTheBallot seek to serve their communities across party lines and levels of government.

Running for office takes courage, and we are proud of our candidates. 🗳

See the list of our Scholars on 2020 ballots ➡️ https://www.truman.gov/whats-new/2020-trumans-ballot

Appointed to lead NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on August 5th, our Dave Chokshi (LA 02) enters with divers...
10/30/2020

Appointed to lead NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on August 5th, our Dave Chokshi (LA 02) enters with diverse experience across medicine & health. 🏥

Chokshi finds his Truman community to be a source of inspiration during this unprecedented public health challenge. #TruFamFriday

We are so appreciative of Sec. Madeleine K. Albright for her service as President of the Truman Foundation.Thank you for...
10/28/2020

We are so appreciative of Sec. Madeleine K. Albright for her service as President of the Truman Foundation.

Thank you for answering our Truman-Albright fellows' questions and for your commitment to the next generation's public service leaders. 🌎

Our Mara Menahan (MT 14) learned to draw by copying illustrations from her dad's bird guides. 🖌The artist-naturalist has...
10/23/2020

Our Mara Menahan (MT 14) learned to draw by copying illustrations from her dad's bird guides. 🖌

The artist-naturalist has worked at the US Botanic Garden, the Baja California Peninsula, and currently is on the Greenland ice sheet at Summit Station for the National Science Foundation. #TruFamFriday 🏔

Today, we announce our newest graduate school partnership: Arizona State University. 🔱Scholars pursuing degrees at ASU G...
10/20/2020
Graduate College partners with Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation to bring scholars to ASU

Today, we announce our newest graduate school partnership:
Arizona State University. 🔱

Scholars pursuing degrees at ASU Graduate College can now attend for two years tuition-free. Thank you President Crow, Dean Wentz & the Sun Devils for investing in the future of public service.

The Graduate College is partnering with the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation to bring more Truman Scholars to ASU to complete their graduate or professional degrees. To do this, the Graduate College has committed to providing a full-tuition award for up to two years to Truman scholarship recip...

Our Stacy Aldinger (HI 06) serves as the Chief of Staff & Strategy at CARE, an international humanitarian organization f...
10/16/2020

Our Stacy Aldinger (HI 06) serves as the Chief of Staff & Strategy at CARE, an international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty and world hunger by working alongside women and girls.

CARE's first CARE Packages were delivered to France, after President Truman asked Americans to support CARE in the wake of World War II.

Now, CARE reaches 70 million people through 1,000 programs and has launched one of its largest emergency response efforts in its 75-year history. Read more here ➡️ https://care.org

An elected official of Anchorage, Alaska since 2016, our Forrest Dunbar (AK 05) is looking to serve as the city’s top ex...
10/09/2020

An elected official of Anchorage, Alaska since 2016, our Forrest Dunbar (AK 05) is looking to serve as the city’s top executive.

He continues to see support from the Truman community in Alaska, as well as the Lower 48. #TruFamFriday

Their states ranked first and second nationally for voter participation, MN Sec. Steve Simon (MN 90) and Fmr. CO Sec. Wa...
10/08/2020

Their states ranked first and second nationally for voter participation, MN Sec. Steve Simon (MN 90) and Fmr. CO Sec. Wayne Williams (VA 85) joined us today for our October Speaking with Friends event moderated by Raie Gessesse (MN 19).

Thank you for talking all things voting, the role of a Secretary of State, and the 2020 election! 🗳

Our Jill Stoffers' (OR 94) trajectory changed upon being named a Truman Scholar.Today, she is a leader in higher educati...
10/02/2020

Our Jill Stoffers' (OR 94) trajectory changed upon being named a Truman Scholar.

Today, she is a leader in higher education, making students' dreams come true at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, a proud Truman institutional partner. #TruFamFriday

Two-term Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley (OH 95) has led Ohio's largest metropolitan area through a period of economic gro...
09/25/2020

Two-term Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley (OH 95) has led Ohio's largest metropolitan area through a period of economic growth he calls "The Cincinnati Miracle", adding jobs, reducing poverty, expanding opportunities for all, reducing gun violence, and improving the quality of the city's environment.

He finds continuous inspiration from his '95 Scholars. #TruFamFriday

Governance Fellows 2020 has now adjourned!Thank you to our guest speakers, those offering words of wisdom, and our passi...
09/25/2020

Governance Fellows 2020 has now adjourned!

Thank you to our guest speakers, those offering words of wisdom, and our passionate cohort of Scholars looking to extend their service to the highest levels of the executive branch. 🏛

Introducing our Class of 2020 Truman Governance Fellows! 🏛This cohort of 27 public service leaders will convene via Zoom...
09/22/2020

Introducing our Class of 2020 Truman Governance Fellows! 🏛

This cohort of 27 public service leaders will convene via Zoom this week to discuss key issues and challenges associated with senior executive branch service (as political appointees or in senior executive service roles).

📰 Read more on our cohort: https://www.truman.gov/whats-new/truman-governance-fellows

A racial justice advocate through his nonprofit and government service, our Caleb Gayle (OK 10) was recently named a New...
09/18/2020

A racial justice advocate through his nonprofit and government service, our Caleb Gayle (OK 10) was recently named a New America Fellow - writing on history, race, and identity.

His guiding principle? Prioritizing people. #TruFamFriday

📰 More on Caleb: https://www.newamerica.org/our-people/caleb-j-gayle/

Introducing our Class of 2021 Truman-Albright Fellows! This cohort of twenty-four young professionals will embark on a y...
09/15/2020

Introducing our Class of 2021 Truman-Albright Fellows!

This cohort of twenty-four young professionals will embark on a year's worth of public service programming in the Washington, DC metro area, graciously sponsored by Secretary Madeleine Albright.

📰 Read more on our cohort: https://www.truman.gov/truman-albright-fellows-program/

Please join us in remembering the legacy of Louis Blair, the Foundation’s Executive Secretary from 1989 to 2006.
09/11/2020
Louis Blair (1939 - 2020) - Obituary

Please join us in remembering the legacy of Louis Blair, the Foundation’s Executive Secretary from 1989 to 2006.

View Louis Blair's obituary, send flowers and sign the guestbook.

Our Sophie McKibben (VT 15) has worked as a journalist and producer at a variety of public radio stations, becoming an a...
09/11/2020

Our Sophie McKibben (VT 15) has worked as a journalist and producer at a variety of public radio stations, becoming an avid storyteller for the public interest.

She is currently producing historian Jill Lapore’s “The Last Archive” podcast and is the show runner for “Deep Background” by fellow Truman Scholar Noah Feldman (MA 90). #TruFamFriday 🎙📰

📚 Truman, Rhodes Scholar🌎 Henry Crown, Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow💡 2019 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship🇿🇦 CEO of ...
09/04/2020

📚 Truman, Rhodes Scholar
🌎 Henry Crown, Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow
💡 2019 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship
🇿🇦 CEO of Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, securing jobs for >100,000 South African young workers

Our Maryana Iskander (TX 96) finds continuous motivation from her Truman community. #TruFamFriday

Now introducing #TruFamFriday, highlighting Scholars’ service across sectors, around the world. 🌎Our Honorable Neil Gors...
08/28/2020

Now introducing #TruFamFriday, highlighting Scholars’ service across sectors, around the world. 🌎

Our Honorable Neil Gorsuch (CO 87), Associate Justice on the US Supreme Court, sees the Truman community as a source of inspiration.

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