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  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: UMKC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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 Truman Luncheon
President Harry S. Truman was a firm supporter of higher education and, in particular, international educational exchange programs.  He believed that such activities would not only enhance the knowledge and abilities of the students engaged in these pursuits, but would help people from different nations to better understand each other and promote the cause of world peace.
On August 1, 1946 President Truman signed Public Law 79-584, an amendment to the Surplus Property Act of 1944 known popularly as the Fulbright Act, which established an international exchange program for students, teachers, college professors, and research scholars.  During the remainder of his administration and after leaving public office, Harry Truman continued to be a strong supporter of higher education and the international student exchange movement as a means to achieve better understanding among all people.

To honor President Truman and perpetuate his support of higher education on a domestic and international basis, the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation sponsors seven scholarships to support students pursuing studies of an international or public service nature, including foreign literature and languages, and related studies in the humanities.  Each of the scholarships have been established in honor of individuals who were strong supporters of Harry S. Truman and of the Truman Foundation.
  • The applicants should support principles of freedom and democracy, as advanced by President Truman.
  • Students selected for these scholarships should be majoring in such fields as international relations, public service, political science, diplomacy, history or the humanities, reflecting President Truman’s interest and involvement in those areas.  
  • International students applying for scholarships must intend to return to their home countries after concluding their studies in the United States.
  • Local Kansas City area recipients should be available to receive their scholarship certificates at the Foundation’s annual luncheon honoring President Truman on or about May 8th in Kansas City, Missouri.  At that time each student will receive a certificate from the Foundation.
  • Students must have applied for, and ultimately be accepted into, an academic year, fall semester, or spring semester program which is UMKC approved.
  • Special consideration will be given to:
    • Applicants pursuing an experience that lasts an entire academic year;
    • Undergraduate students;
    • Applicants with little or no prior international travel experience;
    • Applicants studying in non-traditional locations;
    • Applicants with demonstrated financial need, such as Federal Pell Grant recipient;
    • Applicants who have been traditionally under-represented in education abroad, including, but not limited to:
      • Students in underrepresented fields, such as the sciences and engineering
      • Students with diverse ethnic backgrounds
      • LGBTQIA+ identifying
      • First generation college students
      • Nontraditional students
      • Students with disabilities
      • Student veterans
  • The committee reserves the right to take into consideration a student's ability to benefit from a study abroad experience.
  • The committee emphasizes the applicant's length of time at UMKC; those who have been at UMKC for a longer time will be given preference. Furthermore, applicants must have completed a full semester at UMKC by application due date. Similar emphasis is placed upon the student’s academic year in school, and full-time versus part-time status.
  • Coursework must transfer back to UMKC. This must be confirmed by completing the Study Abroad Approval Form with your academic advisor.
  • Each student’s UMKC GPA is considered, as well as his or her full academic record.
  • A student must be in good academic standing and not under any sanctions due to breach of the Student Conduct Code, in order to be considered for the award.

All scholarship recipients must participate in the
UMKC Global Ambassador Program.

Global Ambassadors are a part of efforts to globalize campus by sharing their stories and encouraging others to study abroad. Activities include blogging, social media posts, speaking to students, or serving as a peer advisor for students interested in a study abroad experience. Students that complete the UMKC Global Ambassador Program requirements will receive a UMKC Certificate for Global Engagement.

For more information about the UMKC Global Ambassador program, click here.

These scholarships are distributed for the specific purpose of international academic travel. If a student is awarded and decides not to study abroad, the award will be withdrawn. Awards may also be withdrawn if a student postpones participating in a international academic program.
Students must maintain the full-time student status (as defined by UMKC) while abroad, as well as complete all courses with a grade equivalent to a UMKC grade of “C” or higher. If an award recipient does not meet these academic requirements, then that student’s UMKC account may be charged for the amount of the scholarships by IAP.

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International Academic Programs
5000 Holmes Road | Atterbury Student Success Center #120 | Kansas City, Missouri 64111 |

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This program is currently not accepting applications.