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, and 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. All students who meet the November 1 deadline will continue to be assessed for additional SSA opportunities based on updated test scores through December 1, at which time all SSA eligibility review stops to ensure adequate time for application completion.
The SSA is used as the application for the following scholarships and programs:
Hudson & Holland Scholars Program
The Hudson & Holland Scholars Program (HHSP) recognizes academically outstanding Indiana resident and non-resident students. The mission of the Program is to recruit and graduate students from underrepresented populations (African American, Hispanic, and Native American). Primary consideration is given to underrepresented populations, but other applicants are considered. Competitive students should have strong grades, SAT or ACT scores and a demonstrated commitment to serving their community. The annual scholarship award amount is $6,000 per year, with additional incentive-based scholarships available to students who excel academically. For more information about the Hudson & Holland Scholars Program, click here.
Hutton Honors College Scholarships
The exceptional and highly motivated freshmen who meet the Hutton Honors College's automatic invitation eligibility criteria may also apply for a Hutton Honors College Scholarship. Award amounts normally average $2,000-3,000 per year; renewable for up to four years (eight semesters) of undergraduate study at IU by maintaining a 3.4 or above GPA, completing a minimum of three graded honors courses during the first two years, and attending at least one approved cultural/educational event each year. Priority scholarship consideration will be given to students who apply by November 1, and only students who submit a complete Selective Scholarship Application by December 1st (including recommendation letters) will be considered for the premier Hutton Honors College scholarships. For more information about Hutton Honors College Scholarships, click here.
Cox Research Scholars Program
The Cox Research Scholarship for Indiana residents is awarded to incoming freshmen of exemplary achievement who are interested in working under the direction of a faculty mentor on research and scholarly activities. This undergraduate scholarship, which has a total value of more than $63,000 over four years, provides funds for tuition, fees, room and board, and also includes a stipend for their research work. Competitive applicants will have a minimum SAT score of 1360 (Critical Reading and Math) or ACT score of 31 and will rank in the top 5% of their graduating class. They are not expected to have prior research experience. The scholarship is renewable each year for a maximum of four years (excluding summers) or until the student receives his or her first bachelor's degree, whichever comes first. Cox Research Scholars must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Note: This scholarship cannot be combined with other IU awards, except for the IU National Scholar Program Scholarships. For more information on the Cox Research Scholars Program, click here.
Kelley Scholars Program
The Kelley Scholars Program offers a prestigious scholarship for Indiana residents that, in conjunction with a student's IU Achievement Scholarship, includes tuition and fees, a stipend intended to cover room/board and books, and an overseas study opportunity to approximately 10 incoming freshmen annually. Students must be admitted to IU by November 1, offered direct admission to the Kelley School of Business, and have a minimum ACT score of 32 or SAT score of 1350 (Critical Reading and Math), along with a 3.8 GPA. Recipients must display excellence in academics, leadership, and extracurricular involvement. The Kelley Scholarship is renewable for four years (eight semesters) of study at IU Bloomington by maintaining a 3.5 GPA and meeting additional requirements. For more information on the Kelley Scholars Program, click here.
The College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences recognizes the achievements of a small number of outstanding incoming freshmen by extending them invitations of Direct Admission. Direct Admission provides select students (less than 5% of the incoming freshman class) the opportunity to bypass the College's standard entrance requirements and to declare a major at the start of their freshman year. Successful candidates for Direct Admission to the College are chosen by committee on the basis of academic achievements, quality of essays, formative experiences, commitment to areas of study within the College of Arts and Sciences, and other evidence of scholarly promise. The highly accomplished and talented freshmen who are invited to join the College of Arts and Sciences through Direct Admission are also considered for a limited quantity of merit-based scholarships. To be eligible for consideration, students must have indicated an intended major within the College of Arts and Sciences on their application for admission to IU. Competitive applicants will have a minimum SAT score of 1350 (Critical Reading and Math) or an ACT score of 31 (Composite) in addition to a minimum GPA of 3.800 on a 4.0 scale or a rank within the top 10% of their graduating class. The number of scholarships available in any given year is limited and awarding is competitive; an invitation of Direct Admission does not guarantee being awarded a scholarship. For more information about scholarships in the College of Arts and Sciences, click here.
The School of Education Direct Admit Scholars Program
The School of Education Direct Admit Scholars program offers direct admission to a small number of highly qualified incoming freshmen who demonstrate a strong academic background and a sincere commitment to teaching. This program provides many unique opportunities to promising future teachers at one of the nation's finest education schools. Exceptional students who have been admitted to IU with an intended major in education are invited to apply to the program. In their application essays, students should address their teaching interests, formative experiences, and goals for the future. The Direct Admit Scholars committee will review the completed applications and invite a group of students to join the program. Selection is competitive. The Scholars are chosen on the basis of academic merit, quality of application, commitment to teaching, intended teaching area, and/or other relevant factors.
Students who complete the Selective Scholarship Application and are invited to join the Direct Admit Scholars program will automatically be considered for School of Education scholarships. Award amounts are modest and vary by scholarship. Most are renewable for up to four years (eight semesters) of study at IU. Eligibility and renewal criteria are specific to each award. Scholarship possibilities for Direct Admit Scholars also include the opportunity to receive a stipend to student teach through one of the Cultural Immersion Projects. For more information about the Direct Admit Scholars program, click here.
The School of Informatics and Computing Scholarship Programs
The School of Informatics and Computing recognizes academically successful resident and non-resident students through diverse scholarships and the direct admit community. To be considered for these opportunities and receive the Selective Scholarship Application, students need to showcase competitive grades, SAT or ACT scores, class rank and demonstrated leadership skills. Applicants should also indicate a strong interest in majoring in one of the School's degree tracks of Informatics or Computer Science. Award amounts vary from $500-$5000 per year, with many being renewable for additional years by maintaining good academic standing. For more information about the scholarships and/or the direct admit program in the School of Informatics and Computing, click here.
The School of Journalism
The School of Journalism uses the SSA to consider students for four programs:
- The Honors Program - The school has a departmental honors program called the School of Journalism Honors Program. Approximately twenty students each year become Ernie Pyle Scholars, which involves a professor mentor, honors sections of the core journalism classes, and some unique travel opportunities throughout the four years of college.
- The Media Scholars Program - Designed for top-notch students passionate about journalism, the IU School of Journalism's Media Scholars program selects 10 to 15 high-performing students per entering class who have demonstrated excellence in academics, media involvement and character.
- Direct Admission to the School of Journalism - Most students apply to enter the school as a journalism major after their freshman years. However, students who complete the SSA and express an interest in journalism are considered for the Direct Admission program, allowing students to be members of the School of Journalism from the moment they set foot on campus.
- Freshman Scholarships - The School of Journalism offers a limited number of scholarships to incoming freshman each year. Amounts of the scholarships will vary and are based on merit and donor intent.
The minimum academic standards to be considered for all of these programs are the same. Students must complete a selective scholarship application and must meet at least one of the following standards:
- SAT score of 1270 or above (Critical Reading and Math)
- ACT score of 29 or above
- GPA of 3.8/4.0 or above
- Ranked in the top 10 percent of the graduating class
For more information on the School of Journalism scholarships and Honors Program, click here.
The School of Public and Environmental Affairs
The School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) uses the Selective Scholarship Application to determine eligibility for several merit-based awards, including the Academic Admission Scholarship for direct admit scholars. High-achieving, incoming freshmen who demonstrate a strong interest in public affairs (including things like policy, civic engagement, sustainability, management, and promotion of the arts) and meet the eligibility criteria for our direct admit program may considered for the Academic Admission Scholarship, worth $5,000 annually for four years, up to a maximum total of $20,000. More information about this and other SPEA scholarships can be found here.
In conjunction with students’ housing applications, SPEA also uses the SSA to award scholarships to incoming freshmen who apply to the Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center. The Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center is a residential community for first-year students from all IUB schools who share a common interest in public affairs. Scholarships range from a one-time award of $2,000 to $10,000 across four years. More information about the Civic Leaders program can be found here.