The Truman Foundation is the nation’s official living memorial to our thirty-third president and the presidential memorial to public service. Created by Congress in 1975, the Foundation was President Truman’s idea. President Truman did not want a brick-and-mortar monument. Instead, he encouraged a living memorial that would give life to the values of service that had animated his career. In that spirit, the Truman Foundation is a place that nurtures and supports future generations who answer the call to public service leadership.The hallmark of the Foundation’s work is the Truman Scholarship, the premier graduate fellowship in the United States for those pursuing careers as public service leaders. Our mission makes us a beacon for public service for young people across the United States. Our vision is of a country that deeply values public servants. In pursuit of this mission and vision, we offer programs and opportunities for Truman Scholars across the course of their lives and careers.