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Sherman & Irene Dreiseszun Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Foundation has invited the University of Kansas to submit nominations for the Sherman and Irene Dreiseszun Scholarships. The foundation recognizes the awardees of these scholarships at their annual banquet each May, which the awardees must attend. Graduate students in programs such as international relations, history, political science, diplomacy, or a related field or discipline that reflects President Truman's dedication to promoting public service and international peace are eligible. In addition, nominees may be either US citizens or international students and must demonstrate potential for a career in or contribution to international service. 

Two (2) scholarships of $5000 each are available to be awarded the following fall semester.

Nominations for these student scholarships are limited to two (2) per department.

Eligibility

Each nominee must be a graduate student currently enrolled in a Lawrence or Edwards Campus graduate program and meeting the following eligiblity requirements:

  • in good academic standing as determined by the Graduate Studies Policy on Good Academic Standing at the time of nomination,
  • continuing enrollment in their graduate program through the Fall 2022 semester,
    • Spring 2022, Summer 2022, and early Fall 2022 graduates are not eligible for nomination
  • studying international relations, history, political science, diplomacy, or a related field or discipline that reflects President Truman's dedication to promoting public service and international peace.


Additionally,

  • scholarship recipients should be available to receive their Scholarship Certificates at the Truman Foundation's annual birthday luncheon on May 12, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Nomination & Selection Process

Departments with eligible graduate students can nominate up to two (2) students per award cycle.

Nominees will be evaluated on these criteria:

  • Strength of the two letters of recommendation 
  • Academic excellence as indicated by the nominee's academic record
  • Nominee's personal essay

Nominations must be submitted by 5:00 PM CST on February 18th using this online form. Nominators will receive a system confirmation indicating their nomination was successfully submitted upon completion.

Nominations are reviewed by the Office of Graduate Studies. While time is required to process award decisions, we aim to notify all nominees and nominators via email by mid-March.

Application Requirements

All documents should be uploaded as PDFs.

  • Nomination statement by department
    • Please include an evaluation of the nominee's background and academic record
  • Letter of Recommendation from Academic Advisor or Committee Member
    • Please include a discussion of the student's research as it relates to President Truman's dedication to promoting public service and international peace and their potential for a meaningful career or contribution to international relations or public service
  • Nominee's Personal Statement 
    • Nominee's personal essay should address their research or scholarly work in international relations, history, political science, diplomacy, or a related field or discipline and how it supports or informs the promotion of public service and/or international peace. Nominees should also discuss their long-term research and career goals as related to international relations and public service. Please limit this to two (2) pages.
  • Nominee's CV

Please fill out your nomination here. Nomination deadline is February 18th, 5:00PM CST. 

This award is listed for departmental nomination. If you are a student looking for funding, please visit funding opportunities.


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