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.”
- 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.
Up to $2,000 per academic year.
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.
New applications must submit general application by February 1.
Renewal applications must be submitted by February 1.