Apply for the Jones Harris Endowed Public Service Scholarship

The Jones Harris scholarship is awarded each year to 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. In this case, public service is broadly defined as working to include work for government agencies, non-profits, and educational institutions. 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.


If you meet the qualifications listed below you are a strong candidate for this award.

  • Full-time Sophomore-level standing during the time of application and a strong commitment to attending a graduate or professional school after graduation.
  • 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 potential.
  • Applicant should be active in high school and college activities in the school and in the community.
  • Experience in internships and/or part-time jobs is preferred.
  • Intent to apply for a Truman Scholarship during the Junior year.
  • 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

On a Microsoft Word document, please begin with your first and last name, your UCO or community college ID #, your current major, your current number of hours completed and hours enrolled and your current cumulative grade point average.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. List any part-time and full-time jobs and non-government internships since high school graduation.
  5. List any awards, scholarships, publications or special recognitions received, listed in descending order of significance.
  6. In one to two paragraphs describe one specific example of your leadership in example.
  7. Describe a recent particularly satisfying public service activity in one to two Please do not repeat experience described in leadership example.
  8. 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.
  9. What graduate or professional school do you intend to pursue and how will it help to meet your goals.
  10. What additional personal information do you wish to share?
  11. 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.

Application should be emailed to Karisa Rollins in the Office for Advancement at by 5 p.m. on April 30th.

Contact Dr. Springer (, director of the Office of High-Impact Practices with questions.

Dr. Springer is a professor of History and faculty director of the Office of High-Impact Practices at UCO.