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Indiana University Achievement Scholarships

The Provost's Scholarship is awarded to Indiana resident students of the highest academic quality. Academic performance is assessed through information provided in the IU Admissions application, including official testing and high school transcript information. Only test scores received directly from the testing agency will be considered for scholarship and admission processes.

  • Submit a completed Admissions application by November 1, 2013.
  • Award amounts range from $1,000 to $6,000 per year.
  • Renewable for four years
  • Notification of this award is sent separately from the admissions notification packet.
  • Students who meet the November 1 deadline may submit updated SAT or ACT scores until January 15, 2014 for additional scholarship consideration. 
  • International students and students applying for the Jacobs School of Music are not eligible for the IU Achievement Scholarships.

Selective Scholarships

All students, regardless of major, who submit a complete application for admission by November 1 are considered for Selective Scholarship eligibility.  Students who meet initial eligibility criteria will be invited to complete the online Selective Scholarship Application (SSA). Notification of a student’s SSA eligibility to apply will be offered via email and in the admission packet. The online SSA (including the required letters of recommendation) must be submitted by the specified date on the application for further consideration. IU will only consider official test scores sent directly from the testing agencies. More detailed information on the Selective Scholarship Application, including eligibility criteria, can be found here.

Scholarships and Programs included:


Cox Scholarships

The Jesse H. and Beulah Chanley Cox Scholar Programs affirm and reward the efforts of Indiana resident students who have demonstrated the motivation and resourcefulness required for success through their part-time work and solid academic performance at Indiana University.  This is the largest IU scholarship program on the Bloomington Campus. 

Please click on the links below to explore each individual program.

Want to know what it's like to be a Cox Scholar? Check out Cox Scholar Blog Central.

“Jesse was an inspiration to all who believe that happiness can be found in the quest for knowledge and that a strong work ethic deserves to be rewarded. His support, service and generosity have had a profound impact on Indiana University and higher education in Indiana. Jesse's spirit will live on through future generations of outstanding, hardworking students who follow the path he has set and seek to realize their grandest dreams through an IU education.”
– Indiana University President, Michael A. McRobbie 

Jesse Cox

For more history about Jesse and Beulah Cox, please read this short biography and view this video of Jesse Cox.


21st Century Scholarship Covenant

The 21st Century Scholarship Covenant is an award designed to supplement the 21st Century Scholarship and assist students from Indiana with high financial need to earn college degrees.  The 21st Century Scholarship is funded by the state of Indiana.  It covers the costs of tuition and some mandatory fees.  The 21st Century Scholarship Covenant is awarded to eligible 21st Century Scholars who have been admitted to IUB and have unmet financial need to cover their direct costs. Direct costs include room, board, and books. The Covenant assists to meet the remaining financial need in covering direct costs in the form of grant-aid.  

Recipients of the 21st Century Scholarship receive support services from the IUB 21st Century Scholars office on campus.  This office supports scholars throughout their undergraduate experience by providing access to mentoring services, academic and professional guidance and workshops, and opportunities to network with other scholars.


Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholars Program

The Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholars Program recognizes a select number of Indiana resident students who are the top achievers of the incoming freshman class. The award includes a scholarship which is renewable for four years (eight semesters) of study at IU, a laptop computer, and funding for a study abroad program.  For more information on the Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholars program, click here.

  • Preference is given to students who have applied for admission to IU by the November 1 scholarship deadline.
  • Recipients are selected by a committee representing the Office of the President and must maintain a minimum GPA.
  • No separate application is necessary.

Wells Scholars Program

The Wells Scholars Program awards scholarships that provide tuition, academic fees, a living-expenses stipend, a summer experience grant, and support for overseas study to 18-22 freshmen who have shown exceptional academic accomplishment and promise, fine character and leadership, significant involvement in extracurricular activities, concern for their communities, and interest in the larger world. All Indiana high schools and selected out-of state high schools may nominate up to two seniors each year for consideration for the scholarship.  Students who do not attend high schools eligible to nominate can be considered for nomination by the Office of Admissions. 

  • The scholarship is renewable for a total of up to four years of undergraduate study at IU Bloomington if the student maintains a 3.4 GPA and meets additional requirements
  • This scholarship cannot be combined with other IU awards, except for the IU National Scholar Program Scholarships.

Click here for the more information.


National Scholar Program Scholarships

Indiana University offers scholarships in recognition of student success in a variety of national scholar programs.  IU will be notified of students recognized by these programs in late spring of their senior year.  National Scholar Program Scholarships are renewable for four years of study at IU by maintaining a 3.0 cumulative program GPA.

  • IU National Merit Scholarship
  • IU National Achievement Scholarship
  • IU National Hispanic Scholarship

Scholarship Details


Pell Promise

Federal Pell Grants are offered to incoming freshmen based on financial need.  The Pell Promise provides the balance of funding needed to cover full tuition and fees for all admitted Indiana resident students who qualify for Pell Grants and who scored 1200 (Critical Reading and Math) or higher on the SAT or a composite score of 27 or higher on the ACT.  These scholarships are renewable for four years (eight semesters) of study at IU by maintaining a cumulative program GPA of 3.

Pell Promise Details


Jacobs School of Music

Students applying for the Jacobs School of Music are not considered for IU Achievement Scholarships. The Jacobs School of Music administers merit-based scholarships for their students, taking into consideration the combination of academic achievement and talent as it is demonstrated in the audition. Jacobs School of Music applicants may still apply for other IU scholarship opportunities through the Selective Scholarship Application.

More information on Jacobs School of Music Admission and Financial Aid.


Additional Scholarship Opportunities

There are some scholarships that are not associated with an academic school, college, or department and may require an additional application.  For these types of additional scholarship and funding opportunities, please click here.


External Scholarships and Search Engines

Beyond opportunities provided by Indiana University, we encourage you to look within your high schools, communities and national programs for external scholarships that can further assist in making college affordable for you.

Below is a list of free external scholarship search engines. Please note, we strongly discourage using paid services to connect to external scholarships.