Truman Foundation Ambassador Visits IUP to Promote Scholarship Opportunity

Posted on 10/19/2018 10:48:15 AM

Truman Scholarship Ambassador Kyle Gracey came to IUP to give an informational talk about the Harry Truman Scholarship, including the application process and the impact of the scholarship on his career, on Wednesday, October 24. 

Gracey is a Truman Scholarship recipient, holds a PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and has an amazing career profile including as a policy fellow, consultant, and White House speech writer. He is hoping that we all can work together to produce IUP’s first Truman Scholarship recipient.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is a highly competitive award for US college juniors who have demonstrated leadership potential and a commitment to public service. Each year, 55–60 candidates are named Truman Scholars following a rigorous application process involving essays, recommendations and interviews.

For more information on the Truman Scholarship, check out their website

The scholarship, in the amount of $30,000, is for graduate education. It is awarded to juniors who have an extensive record of campus and community service, a commitment to a career in government or the nonprofit and advocacy sectors, strong communication skills, and a strong academic record.  

This talk was geared towards students, especially freshman, sophomores, and juniors who are civic minded or are interested in a career in public service. Learn more about this scholarship and the application process. The talk was sponsored by Christian Vaccaro, the IUP Merit Scholarship Advisor. For more information on the Truman Scholarship and other merit scholarships, please contact Vaccaro at