About Friends of the Truman Foundation

Who We Are

The Friends of the Truman Foundation is the nonprofit partner of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. Friends of Truman raises, manages, and disburses private (nongovernmental) donations and support for the operations and activities of the Truman Foundation, including programs and fellowships for our Scholars.

Since 1975, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship has relied almost exclusively on the proceeds of a small trust established by Congress that must be invested in Treasuries. Since 2002, the annual yield on Treasuries has declined by more than 79%. The original value of the scholarship in 1977 covered the full average annual cost of tuition, room, and board.  However, the cost of higher education has increased in excess of 500% since 1977, such that the current value of the scholarship fails to cover even the cost of tuition alone for graduate study.

With limited resources, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship has been unable to increase its scholarship for graduate school or expand programming to benefit Scholars and our Friends committed to public service.

Friends of the Truman Foundation is undertaking an ambitious campaign to fund and endow programs that benefit Truman Scholars and our Friends. Your tax-deductible donation to Friends will allow us to strengthen the next generation of public service leaders. To learn more about the programs we support, click here.

Special recognition and naming opportunities exist for leadership gifts. To learn more, please email Tyler Hatch, Director of Development and Community Outreach, at tyler.hatch@friendsoftruman.org