This program was authorized by the United States Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The creation of this program pays tribute to the leadership, courage, and vision of Senator Goldwater and establishes in his name an endowed recognition program to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics.
The purpose of this Foundation, as stated in the enabling legislation, is to alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. A more realistic statement of the purpose, in today's terms, is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified individuals to those fields of academic study and research. The Foundation is supported by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Fund, which has been established in the Treasury of the United States. Funding for awards and administrative expenses derives from interest on the Trust Fund, invested in U.S. securities.
The mission of the Truman Scholarship Foundation is:
- To find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education, or elsewhere in public service
- To provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service
The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection. The Foundation also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development. Scholars are invited to participate in a number of programs: Truman Scholar Leadership Week, The Summer Institute, The Truman Fellows Program, and the Public Service Law Conference.
Please visit the For Scholars section of the website for an overview of the programs the Foundation currently offers for Scholars.
The Alpha Phi Omega Community Service Award is awarded to three members of the incoming freshman class each fall for involvement in civic engagement and leadership. Application information and the deadline for fall submissions will be announced in the summer preceding each fall semester. The Epsilon Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega is devoted to leadership, friendship and service at Rensselaer.
2017 recipients: Smriti Moorjani, Phillip B. Kopita, Seunghee Cho, Elizabeth Guzman
2016 recipients: Shannon Hunter
2015 recipients: Yuvraj Chopra, Megan Moquin
2011 recipients: Wen Chenguang, Terrence McGovern, Kathleen Flynn
2009 recipients: Teresa Konopka, Varun Madiath, Stephen Nock
2008 recipient: Olivia Torre
2007 recipient: Brandon Andreola
2005 recipient: Adam Pasquale
2004 recipients: Tripali Kundu, Si Ming Lee, and Daniel Schwarting
2003 recipients: Farheen Shaikh, Cynthia Tang, and Jason Williams