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The Jones Harris Endowed Public Service Scholarship

The mission of this scholarship is to select a student with strong leadership potential and a commitment to enrolling in a graduate or a professional school that will assist in pursuing a career in public service. This is a highly competitive scholarship with the winner receiving up to a one- year, $10,000 award. Additional finalists will also be selected from this application process to join a one hour class during the fall semester of the junior year to begin preparation for the Truman Scholarship Application and other national awards. Scholarship winner will be required to take this one hour course to receive this award.

Campus Deadline: May 15, 2022 by 5:00pm 

Campus Representative: Dr. Michael Springer 

Eligibility

  • Full-time Sophomore-level standing during the time of application and a strong commitment to attending a graduate or professional school after
  • Preference given to a Political Science major, but the priority is a student pursuing a career in public service
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00.
  • Candidate should have evidence of high academic performance and a strong leadership
  • Applicant should be active in high school and college activities in the school and in the
  • Experience in internships and/or part-time jobs is
  • Intent to apply for a Truman Scholarship during the Junior
  • Students currently completing their Associate’s Degree at a community college are eligible to apply during their sophomore year, but must be a UCO student to receive any funds during the junior year.

How to Apply

Applications are available online via the UCO Foundation Scholarship portal at scholarships.uco.edu. Be sure to have the following information of the application.  

  • List up to eight college activities and up to four high school activities in descending order of significance. Examples might include: student government, sports, publications, school-sponsored community service programs, student-faculty committees, arts, music, etc.
  • List up to six of your public service and community activities in descending order of Do not repeat items listed previously. Examples might include: homeless services, environmental protection/conservation, advocacy activities, social enterprises, work with religious organizations, etc.
  • List any of your government activities, not including student Examples might include: internships with government agencies, partisan political activities, ROTC/military, municipal boards and commissions.
  • List any part-time and full-time jobs and non-government internships since high school graduation
  • List any awards, scholarships, publications or special recognitions received, listed in descending order of significance.
  • In one to two paragraphs describe one specific example of your leadership skills.
  • Describe a recent particularly satisfying public service activity in one to two Please do not repeat experience described in leadership example.
  • In one to two paragraphs, describe a problem or need of society you would like to address when entering public service. If possible, use statistical data to define the magnitude of the problem.
  • What graduate or professional school do you intend to pursue and how will it help to meet your goals.
  • Additional personal information you wish to share
  • Please attach a letter of recommendation from one college faculty or staff member that focuses on the applicant’s intelligence, academic performance, analytical abilities, and other characteristics which you think contribute to strong leadership potential.

The Truman Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to public service and leadership. Since its creation in 1975, the foundation has supported almost 3,000 scholars who are making a difference in all corners of the nation and the world. Each year, the foundation offers 65 merit-based scholarships for graduate study.

Campus Deadline: February 2023

Campus Representative: Michael Springer, Ph.D., Director, Office of High-Impact Practices

Award:

  • Up to $30,000 for the Scholar's graduate studies toward a public service related degrees. 
  • Truman Scholars Leadership Week (mandatory for award)
  • 10-week summer institute immediately after college graduation
  • Truman Fellows Program
  • Scholars are required to work in public service for three to seven years following graduation of a Truman Scholarship funded graduate degree 

Eligibility

In addition to the below criteria, candidates must be nominated through UCO, candidates MAY NOT directly apply. Contact our office for more information. 

  • Must be a full-time student with a junior academic standing pursuing a bachelor's degree during the 2022-23 academic year. "Junior" is defined as a student who plans to continue full time coursework leading to a bachelor's degree in May 2024. Alternately, students can also be in their third year who expect to graduate only after three years of study;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or obtaining citizenship by the time of your junior year of undergraduate study;
  • Commitment to a career in government or public service and planning to attend graduate school to prepare for this career;
  • Considerable and demonstrated leadership, public and community service experience; and,
  • Must be able to attend Truman Scholars Leadership Week 2023 (attendance cannot be rescheduled).

How to Apply

It is strongly recommended that you contact the Truman Scholarship faculty representative and your faculty mentors early in the application process. 

  • Contact Michael Springer, Ph.D., to set up an appointment to discuss the application process and to obtain your unique login for the application site;
  • Work with Dr. Springer and your faculty mentor(s) to create the content and complete the application process. A sample application can be found on the Truman Foundation website;
  • Obtain letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and resume stating the details of your experiences and achievement for application packet; and,
  • Submit materials by the campus deadline to Michael Springer, Ph.D., to make sure you have everything needed for the electronic application process.

Additional Resources:

Barry Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 with a goal to provide a "continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers" by awarding outstanding college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers in these fields. The scholarship is the most prestigious undergraduate award given in the sciences and is awarded to about 300 students nationwide each year.

Campus Deadline:  TBA

Campus Representative: Dr. Gang Xu, College of Mathematics and Sciences

Award

  • Up to $7,500 per academic year to cover undergraduate expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Sophomore awardees can expect to receive a maximum of two years of support, junior awardees are eligible for one year of support.

Eligibility

In addition to the below criteria, candidates must be nominated through UCO. Candidates MAY NOT directly apply. Contact Dr. Gang Xu for more information.

  • Must be a full-time student with a sophomore or junior academic standing pursuing a bachelor's degree during the 2022-23 academic year. "Junior" is defined as a student who plans to continue full time coursework leading to a bachelor's degree in May 2024;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or obtaining citizenship by the time of your junior year of undergraduate study;
  • Have a GPA of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale; and,
  • Commitment to a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering.

How to Apply

It is strongly recommended that you contact Dr. Gang Xu, the Goldwater Scholarship faculty representative and your faculty mentors early in the application process.

  • Contact Dr. Xu to set up an appointment to discuss the application process;
  • Work your faculty mentor(s) to create the content and complete the application process;
  • Obtain letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and resume stating the details of your experiences and achievement for application packet; and,
  • Submit materials by the campus deadline to the campus representative to make sure you have everything needed for the electronic application process.

Additional Resources

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.

Campus Deadline:  TBA

Campus Representative: Dr. Jennifer Messick, College of Mathematics and Science

Award

  • Up to $7,000  to cover undergraduate expenses 

Eligibility

In addition to the below criteria, candidates must be nominated through UCO. Candidates MAY NOT directly apply. Contact Dr. Jennifer Messick for more information.

  • Are you working towards positive solutions to environmental challenges or to issues impacting Indian country?
  • Have you demonstrated your commitment to one of these areas through public service?
  • Do you inspire and motivate others to take action?
  • Are you committed to making a difference through civility and consensus building?

There may be additional eligibility criteria. Please contact Dr. Messick and the Udall Scholarship website for additional information. 

How to Apply

It is strongly recommended that you contact Dr. Messick, the Udall Scholarship faculty representative and your faculty mentors early in the application process.

  • Contact Dr. Jennifer Messick to set up an appointment to discuss the application process;
  • Work with Dr. Messick and your faculty mentor(s) to create the content and complete the application process;
  • Obtain letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and resume stating the details of your experiences and achievement for application packet; and,
  • Submit materials by the campus deadline to Dr. Messick to make sure you have everything needed for the electronic application process.

Additional Resources

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

UCO has several scholarship and fellowship opportunities to help with your academic career.