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Apply Now for the Jones Harris Endowed Public Service Scholarship, Due June 1

Are you interested in pursuing a job in public service and have a desire to change the world? Do you have strong leadership skills and are committed to enrolling in graduate or professional school?

Apply for the Jones Harris Scholarship! This scholarship supports a sophomore or junior student at UCO who plans to apply for the national Truman Scholars program, a national award that funds graduate studies for students planning on a career in public service.

This is a highly competitive scholarship with the winner receiving up to a one-year, $10,000 award. The scholarship recipient will be required to prepare an application for the Truman Scholars program, which will be due in February 2023.


  1. Full-time sophomore-level standing during the time of application and a strong commitment to attending a graduate or professional school after graduation (juniors may apply if they are 18 months from graduation).
  2. Preference given to a political science major, but the priority is a student pursuing a career in public service, which is broadly defined as government, education, the nonprofit sector or public interest/advocacy.
  3. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  4. Candidate should have evidence of high academic performance and a strong leadership potential.
  5. Applicant should be active in high school and college activities in the school and in the community.
  6. Experience in internships and/or part-time jobs is preferred.
  7. Intent to apply for a Truman Scholarship during the junior year.
  8. 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.
  9. Candidate is required to take a one hour course in the fall in preparation for the Truman Scholarship application.

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.

Apply online via:

For more information email Michael Springer, Ph.D., director of the Office of High-Impact Practices.