Foundation Scholarship FAQs

Truman state University Foundation scholarships are created through generous gifts made to the Truman State University Foundation. Here are some of the most common questions about Foundation scholarships.

The Truman State University Foundation awards scholarships to currently enrolled Truman students which are financed by the contributions of alumni, friends, parents, faculty, staff, campus organizations, foundations and corporations.
The major benefactor of a scholarship establishes the scholarship name. You can establish a scholarship in your own name or choose to name it for a friend, family member, organization, a favorite faculty member or mentor, or someone else who has had an impact on your life.
You can aid in establishing the scholarship criteria by expressing your intentions for the award. The Truman State University Foundation will draft the scholarship criteria according to your specifications and present it to you for your approval.
Annual scholarship funds provide support to students immediately, while endowed funds produce scholarships through interest earnings and are designed to last in perpetuity. Some donors choose to establish both types so that they can see scholarships awarded as the endowed fund builds.
You will be notified annually when the scholarship recipient(s) has been selected. You will be informed of the name and hometown of the recipient, as well as the amount of the award and status of the fund.
Foundation scholarships available to incoming freshmen at Truman are awarded by the Admission Office (for more information on scholarships for incoming freshmen and transfer students, visit the Admission web site). For most Foundation scholarships for returning students, a selection committee carefully reviews each application and selects the most deserving recipient(s) based on the established criteria.
Students must be currently enrolled at Truman to apply for Foundation scholarships. The only students who are not eligible to apply are those who are already receiving full tuition, room, board and fees in potentially renewable grants, waivers, and scholarships.

Incoming Freshmen & Transfer Students: The application you complete when you apply to Truman provides automatic consideration for Foundation scholarships so no additional steps are required by you.

Returning Students: Upperclass students currently enrolled at Truman can submit an application for a majority of the Foundation scholarships in February for funds that are distributed for the next academic year. All Truman students receive email notifications with application information and deadlines for Foundation scholarships, and the application is available in TruView. For more details, see “Applying  for Foundation Scholarships.”

When applying for Foundation scholarships, domestic students won’t see applications that have “financial need” in the criteria if they have not filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have student loans <= $0.   International students will see scholarship applications that have “financial need” in the criteria because they cannot file the FAFSA and aren’t eligible for federal loans. 


Have more questions?
Contact Dawn Howd, Director of Stewardship
Office of Advancement
Truman State University
McClain Hall 205
Telephone: (800) 452-6678 or (660) 785-4133
Fax (660) 785-7519