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Scholarships

The Bess Wallace Truman Scholarship was created by Junior Service League of Independence to honor the memory of First Lady of the United States, Bess Wallace Truman, who was active in many community service organizations in Independence.

Mrs. Truman’s daughter, Margaret Truman Daniel, said of her mother:
“She is a woman of tremendous character, which the public may sense, but in addition, she is a warmhearted, kind lady with a robust sense of humor, a merry twinkling wit and a tremendous capacity for enjoying life.” 

Eligibility:

  • Must be a current resident of Independence, Missouri;
  • Must be a female graduating high school senior attending public, private or home school;
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at any accredited college or university;
  • Must have demonstrated academic merit with minimum GPA of 2.5, community service experience, school involvement and financial need;
  • Must NOT be a daughter, granddaughter or stepdaughter of a Junior Service League member.

Amount:

Up to $2,000 per academic year.

Renewable: 

Yes, this scholarship can be renewed for three additional years of funding at $1,000 per academic year. A renewal application must be submitted with proof of continuing college enrollment, continuing community service and a minimum college GPA of 2.5.

Deadlines:

New applications must be submitted by February 13.

Renewal applications must be submitted by February 13. 

Apply for the scholarship. 

2018 Bess Wallace Truman Scholarship Awarded to Hannah Kimbrough


The Bess Wallace Truman Scholarship was created by Junior Service League of Independence to honor the memory of First Lady of the United States, Bess Wallace Truman, who was active in many community service organizations in Independence.

This scholarship is awarded each year to an outstanding female student from Independence who, through her scholastic ability as well as civic and community service, best emulates the model set by Mrs. Truman.

The Bess Wallace Truman Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that we have selected Hannah Kimbrough for the scholarship. She is the daughter of Jeff and Barbara Kimbrough. She is a senior at William Chrisman High School.

Hannah describes Bess Wallace Truman as a woman of outstanding character, a woman who was committed to things she believed in and a lady who worked behind the scenes with quiet strength. Hannah goes on to say that throughout her own life she has found that she shares with Bess Truman the quality of dedication to things she is passionate about and the preference to display leadership in a quiet and humble manner. This is most evident in Hannah’s school performance. She ranked in top one percent in a class of 303 students. Her school activities include varsity tennis, president of National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and captain of the varsity scholar bowl team. She also represented her school at Missouri Girl’s State last summer.

Like Bess Truman, Hannah is also involved in her community. She participated in the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum Summer Internship Program in June 2017 and has volunteered at Foster Adopt Connect. She is also very active with her church community volunteering as a fund-raiser for the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home and the First Baptist Church’s Labor Day weekend fund-raiser. She has also helped yearly, since middle school, with the First Baptist Church’s Vacation Bible School.

Hannah plans on attending Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. At Truman State she will double major in biology and political science. Hannah hopes to become a medical researcher.  She is also considering the possibility of merging these two majors to become an advocate for healthcare issues. Hannah says not unlike like Bess Truman I am often somewhat shy and prefer to work behind the scenes to get things done.

In the closing of her essay Hannah said, “By growing up in the same town and learning about the life she and her husband made together I have been able to learn about the legacy Bess Wallace Truman left. In doing so, I have become a great admirer of her character and values and she has become a role model for me.”