First-year Scholarships

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Indiana University Bloomington offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for incoming students. You’ll receive consideration for IU Academic Scholarships and for the Selective Scholarship Application just by applying for admission to IU. But you may also be eligible for IU scholarships awarded by specific departments and programs, depending on your residency, course of study, and other personal factors.

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Dean's Scholarship (IU Academic)

The Dean’s Scholarship is an IU Academic Scholarship awarded to first-time incoming freshman out-of-state students based on high academic performance.

Deadline for application:

November 1

Award amount:

$1,000–$11,000

Residency:

Out-of-state

IU Global Engagement Scholarship

The IU Global Engagement Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen international 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. No additional scholarship application is needed. Only test scores received directly from the testing agency will be considered for scholarship and admission processes.

Award amount:

$1,000–$11,000

Eligibility requirements:

Submit a complete application for admission to Indiana University by February 1, 2019, for consideration.

Residency:

International

Provost's Scholarship (IU Academic)

The Provost's Scholarship is an IU Academic Scholarship awarded to first-time incoming freshman Indiana resident students based on high academic performance.

Deadline for application:

November 1

Award amount:

$1,000–$8,000

Residency:

In-state

21st Century Scholarship Covenant

The 21st Century Scholarship Covenant provides additional financial support to 21st Century Scholars at IU Bloomington who qualify.

Award amount:

The Covenant supplements the 21st Century Scholars state grant to assist with budgeted costs for tuition and fees, room and board, and books. The receipt of other gift aid and the students Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) are also considered in determining the amount of the Covenant award.

Eligibility requirements:

Learn more about the 21st Century Scholarship Covenant.

Hoosier Link students who successfully transfer to IU Bloomington after no more three consecutive terms at Ivy Tech (fall, spring, and summer) are eligible to be considered for the Covenant award.

Residency:

In-state

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. Recipients are selected by a committee representing the Office of the President.

Award amount:

The award includes a scholarship, a laptop computer stipend, and funding for a study abroad program.

Eligibility requirements:

Eligibility is based upon nomination. Preference is given to students who have applied for admission to IU by the November 1 scholarship deadline.

Residency:

In-state

Annexstad

Award amount:

A total award of $25,000 will be distributed over a maximum of five years. $5,000 will be awarded annually in each of the first three years with the $10,000 balance being awarded in either the fourth year of study or split evenly between the fourth and fifth years of study. Leveraging government aid and institutional awards, the annual scholarship award will effectively close the “gap” on the total cost of attendance (COA).

Eligibility requirements:

Students can not apply for the Leaders for Tomorrow scholarship. Scholarship recipients will be exclusively selected by the IU Office of Scholarships following consultation with the Executive Director of the Annexstad Family Foundation.

Residency:

In-state, Out-of-state

Cox Research Scholarship

The Cox Research Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship program for Indiana residents of exemplary achievement and scholarly curiosity. If selected as a Cox Research Scholar, you’ll have the unique opportunity to participate in meaningful research or creative activity under the mentorship of a faculty member at IU Bloomington by completing an eight to ten hour per week work requirement.

Please see the Cox Research Scholarship website for more information.

Award amount:

A scholarship and wage package that—in conjunction with any other institutional funding a student receives—will equal the official cost of attendance at Indiana University Bloomington.

Eligibility requirements:

To be eligible for a Cox Research Scholarship, you must:

  • Enter IU classified as an Indiana resident.
  • Be pursuing your first baccalaureate degree.
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12 credit hours upon arrival and throughout your academic career at IU Bloomington.
  • Meet the minimum academic standards to be considered for this opportunity, which include a GPA of at least 3.85 or a top 10% class rank and a minimum SAT score of 1400 or a minimum ACT score of 31.
  • Demonstrate financial need by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 5, 2019, for the upcoming academic year.
  • Submit a complete Admissions application by November 1 to be considered for the Selective Scholarship Application.
  • Be willing to complete an eight- to ten-hour work commitment each week during your entire enrollment at Indiana University.
*Please note: NCAA athletes are not eligible for the Cox Scholarships.

Residency:

In-state

Dale E. Stinefield Scholarship

This scholarship, endowed in the memory of Dale E. Stinefield, was created by the donor to award students from Wes-Del High School and Alexandria Monroe High School who are leaders within their school and community, have a strong character, and have shown dedication and focus to their academic goals and objectives related specifically to their desired IU degree. Application in One.IU under the “Scholarships” task. 

Eligibility requirements:

Graduate from Wes-Del High School or Alexandria Monroe High School

Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies

The Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies selects highly qualified incoming freshmen for its Direct Admit Scholars program. From their first day on campus, this cohort of scholars are connected with our top faculty members, accomplished alumni, and distinguished guests.

Award amount:

Varies from $1,000 one-time scholarships to $4,000 renewable scholarships

Eligibility requirements:

Submit a completed application for admission by November 1 and meet the following academic standards to be considered for the Selective Scholarship Application (SSA):

  • Minimum score of 1310 on the SAT or 28 on the ACT
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Intended major in the Hamilton Lugar School

Residency:

In-state, Out-of-state, and International

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, retain, and graduate students from underrepresented populations (African American, Hispanic, and Native American). Primary consideration is given to underrepresented populations, but other applicants are considered and encouraged to apply. Competitive students should have strong grades, SAT or ACT scores, demonstrated leadership ability, and a commitment to serving their community. Additional funding is available to eligible HHSP recipients through Partnership Awards.

View a complete list of Partnership Awards.

Applications and deadlines may apply.

Award amount:

$6,000 per year, with additional funding available via HHSP Partnership Awards with various departments and schools at Indiana University.

Eligibility requirements:

For a complete explanation of the application process, visit the Hudson & Holland website.

Residency:

In-state, Out-of-state

Hutton Honors College Scholarship

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 amount:

Average $2,000–$3,000

Eligibility requirements:

To be reviewed for Hutton Honors College (HHC) Scholarships, students who meet the HHC criteria must apply to Indiana University by November 1. Students who submit their complete Selective Scholarship Application (including recommendation letters) the earliest will receive priority scholarship review and consideration from the Hutton Honors College.

Residency:

In-state, Out-of-state, and International

IU Alumni Association Scholarships

The various chapters of the IU Alumni Association have scholarships available for IU students, separated into five different sections. Whether your relatives are IU alumni or not, you may want to look at these scholarships to determine which ones are relevant for you.

Deadline for application:

March 10, 2019

Residency:

In-state, Out-of-state, and International

IU Bloomington Christopher A. Bowden Memorial Scholarship

Christopher A. Bowden Memorial Scholarship for graduates of Lawrence North High School

In October 1994 IU student Christopher A. Bowden tragically died serving the country he loved so much. In the wake of this tragedy, an endowment fund was established in Chris’ name.

He was kind, gentle, caring, sensitive, fun, and full of laughter. He made good grades at Lawrence North and played soccer. He was a hard working individual who took pride in everything he did. And at the same time, he was the young man who at the age of 19 endured 20 weeks of 24 hour days in the woods of Georgia, the mountains of Dahlonega, the swamps of Florida, and the desert of Utah—all in the winter time in order to become an Army Ranger. He served in the United States Army as an Airborne Ranger and in the Indiana National Guard’s 151st infantry detachment, specializing in long-range surveillance. He was a proud member of the IU student body and the Greek community attending all major IU events. In his four years as a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Chris left a major mark on each of his brothers. He served as the house manager for two semesters, participated in intramural events, and trained with the Little 500 cycling team. Chris also volunteered numerous hours to the American Red Cross blood drives and Habitat for Humanity.

He was an individual who made a major contribution to everything associated with his name, yet never expected recognition. Chris had an amazing ability to talk and work with people; his smile was enough to change the demeanor of an entire room. He wanted others to be happy and was willing to sacrifice his time to listen to someone’s problem or lend a helping hand. More than anything Chris loved his family and friends.

Deadline for application:

Selections will be made exclusively by the IU Office of Scholarships.

Award amount:

$5,000

Eligibility requirements:

Graduates of Lawrence North High School

Residency:

In-state

IU Foundation Scholarships

The IU Foundation annually awards a multitude of donor directed scholarships created by friends of Indiana University who believe in the importance of education and your future as an IU student. You can complete the online application through One.IU, as well as the individual printable applications listed on the IU Foundation website. Only the students who are chosen to receive IU Foundation Scholarships will be notified the first week of June through your IU EMAIL ADDRESS. Don’t forget to check your IU email account and submit all the materials indicated in your notification.

All questions, concerns, or comments can be sent to iufschol@indiana.edu or call 1-800-558-8311.

Deadline for application:

March 10, 2019

Residency:

In-state, Out-of-state, and International

IU Jewish Studies Scholarships

Multiple incoming freshmen scholarships of up to $40,000 for students committed to pursuing a Jewish Studies major or a certificate at Indiana University Bloomington are available to students entering IU Bloomington and beginning as freshmen. One scholarship is intended for a student pursuing the Jewish sacred music curriculum. Candidates will be considered primarily on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and promise. Extracurricular achievements will also be considered. Students must have a high school GPA of 3.5 or above (out of a 4.0 scale) or equivalent and have a record of academic and extracurricular accomplishment. Students committing to pursuing the major in Jewish Studies will be given priority over students who plan to pursue the certificate.

Award amount:

Varies up to $10,000/year

Eligibility requirements:

Deadline for 2019–2020 Jewish Studies incoming freshman scholarships: Thursday, January 17, 2019.

Deadline for 2019–2020 Jewish Studies graduate fellowships: Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

Residency:

In-state, Out-of-state, and International

IU Merit Finalist Scholarship

IU awards this scholarship to National Merit Finalists offered sponsorship through organizations outside of IU Bloomington. Please contact the Office of Scholarships to determine if you are eligible, at achieve@indiana.edu.

Award amount:

$4,000 ($1,000 per year)

Residency:

In-state, Out-of-state

IU National Hispanic Scholarship

IU awards this scholarship to all students recognized through the National Hispanic Recognition Program.

Award amount:

$4,000 ($1,000 per year)

Residency:

In-state, Out-of-state

IU National Merit Scholarships

IU awards this scholarship to all National Merit Finalists who receive sponsorship through IU and indicate IU as their first choice through the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Award amount:

$8,000 ($2,000 per year)

Residency:

In-state, Out-of-state

IU Office of Overseas Study Scholarships

Overseas Study awards over $100,000 in scholarship support annually on the basis of financial need and academic merit. Scholarships are available in several categories, including Program Specific Scholarships, Minority Scholarships, Internship Incentive Grants, and Scholarships for Students from Other IU Campuses. Apply for a scholarship online when you apply for your program.

Award amount:

Varies

Eligibility requirements:

The recipients of the Overseas Studies Scholarships have been selected for the 2018–2019 academic year. Please check back in fall 2019 for the 2019–2020 academic year application deadline.

Residency:

In-state, International

Indiana County Bicentennial Scholarship

The Indiana County Bicentennial Scholarship provides a scholarship opportunity for incoming freshman students from select counties across the state of Indiana. Eligibility for the program is based on Indiana county of residence. Qualifying students receive a scholarship of $2,500 annually (for four years) toward the direct cost of attendance at Indiana University Bloomington.

Award amount:

$10,000 ($2,500 over four years)

Residency:

In-state

MacDonald Scholars Program

The MacDonald Scholars Program is a program started and funded by Scott MacDonald to pay full-time university students to help others through innovative and impactful community service projects, undertaken under the sponsorship and supervision of participating colleges and universities. The MacDonald Scholarship is a leadership encouraging scholarship with a pay it forward mentality.

Award amount:

$5,000+

Eligibility requirements:

Varies

Residency:

In-state, Out-of-state

Office of Disability Services for Students Scholarships

Indiana University’s Disability Services for Students has a limited number of scholarships available for students with disabilities to help offset the cost of tuition. The scholarships are made possible through the generosity of the donors, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Office of Disability Services for Students. Applicants must be IU students who will be enrolled on the Bloomington campus in the upcoming school year. Once all criteria are met for those scholarships, with preference supporting students with demonstrated financial need, the expected family contribution based on FAFSA and level of Pell award will be a determining factor.

Award amount:

Varies

Eligibility requirements:

The recipients of the DSS Scholarships have been selected for the 2018–2019 academic year. Please check with DSS or watch for an announcement each January when an application is posted on the website.

Residency:

In-state, Out-of-state, and International

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.

Award amount:

Tuition and mandatory fees that are not covered by the Federal Pell Grant or other types of grant aid.

Eligibility requirements:

Students will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the IU Bloomington priority deadline (April 15) to be considered for an IU Pell Promise Award. If awarded a Federal Pell Grant, you will automatically be considered for the IU Pell Promise Award.

Residency:

In-state

Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarship - Air Force

Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) has two scholarship programs: the High School Scholarship Program (HSSP) and the In-College Scholarship Program (ICSP).
The HSSP program is tailored toward graduating high school seniors, who initially must apply by December 1st of their senior year. From there, candidates are selected for interviews and recipients are chosen who go on to choose and attend an eligible AFROTC college.

The In-College Scholarship Program (ICSP) is designed for cadets who have already started college and are in Air Force ROTC. To be eligible, those cadets need to have attended college/AFROTC for at least one semester. This scholarship is only available to cadets in their first or second year of the program. Cadets don't apply for this scholarship; faculty/cadre nominate eligible cadets who then are selected via a centralized board at Air Force ROTC headquarters.

Important dates can be found here.

Award amount:

Both scholarships offer 100% of in-state tuition and fees paid for, up to $18,000 per year; a $600 text book stipend and $300/$350/$450/$500 per month tax-free stipend to freshman/sophomores/juniors/seniors, respectively.

Eligibility requirements:

Application must be submitted by December 1

Residency:

In-state, Out-of-state

Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarship - Army

Whether you’re in high school or attending IU, Army ROTC has scholarships available. Army ROTC grants more than $270 million in merit-based scholarships to 13,000+ students each year. Scholarships are awarded based on a student’s merit and grades, not financial need. Army ROTC scholarships consist of two-, three-, and four-year scholarship options based on the time remaining to complete your degree, full-tuition scholarships, the option for room and board in place of tuition, if you should qualify, and additional allowances for books and fees. Contact Ralph Vargas with any questions at 812-855-9568 or rrvargas@indiana.edu.

Award amount:

ARMY ROTC Scholarships may be used to pay for tuition or room/board. Also provide a book allowance and monthly living stipend based on your level in the program.

Eligibility requirements:

Basic qualifications for scholarships eligibility include: U.S. citizen, 17–26 years old, high school diploma, minimum GPA of 2.50, minimum SAT score of 1000, minimum ACT score of 19, and medically qualified. When at IU, you will be reviewed each semester, must pass fitness test, and maintain 2.0 semester GPA.

Residency:

In-state, Out-of-state

Surplus Store Scholarship

The Surplus Store Scholarship was created with the surplus savings from the Indiana University Surplus Store. Due to the strategic management and vision of Surplus Store Manager Todd Reid and IU Document Service Center assistant director, Craig Porritt the IU Surplus Store Scholarship was created.

Deadline for application:

Scholarship recipients will be exclusively selected by the IU Office of Scholarships.

Award amount:

$20,000 total ($5,000 over four years)

Eligibility requirements:

The Surplus Store Scholarship is awarded each year to an incoming undergraduate freshman scholar who has financial need and is from an 11-county area as designated by IU Bloomington’s Center for Rural Engagement.

Residency:

In-state

The College of Arts + Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences uses the Selective Scholarship Application to consider students for scholarships and special programs. Students indicating majors within the College of Arts and Sciences are eligible to be considered for these scholarships.

Freshman Scholarships—The College offers a number of scholarships to accomplished incoming freshmen. Amounts of the scholarships will vary and are based on academic merit, financial need, and/or donor intent.

Integrated Freshman Learning Experience (IFLE)—This opportunity combines study and research in biology, biochemistry, and neuroscience beginning with a six-week summer lab program before the start of the freshman year and continuing into the academic year with a two-semester research-based honors course.

Science, Technology, and Research Scholars (STARS)—This program offers four years of faculty-mentored research experience to a small number of accomplished undergraduate students committed to research in the sciences.

Award amount:

Varies

Residency:

In-state, Out-of-state, and International

The Media School

Students selected for the Ernie Pyle Scholars or Media Scholars honors programs are directly admitted into their major in The Media School and are eligible to enroll in up to six special honors courses. They travel as a group locally, nationally, and internationally with their faculty mentor, who advises them during their four years at The Media School.

  • Ernie Pyle Scholars are honors students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (BAJ).
  • Media Scholars are honors students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Media (BAM) or Bachelor of Science in Game Design (BSGD).

Award amount:

Varies

Eligibility requirements:

Submit complete application for Admissions by November 1 and meet following academic standards to be considered for Selective Scholarship Application (SSA):

  • Minimum score of 1300 on the SAT (verbal and math) or 27 on the ACT
  • GPA of 3.7 or above on a 4.0 scale (or be in the top 15 percent of their graduating class)

Residency:

In-state, Out-of-state, and International

The O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

The O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs uses the Selective Scholarship Application to recognize high achieving resident and non-resident students with Academic Admission awards in the amount of $4,000 per year. Students who are invited to complete the O'Neill School SSA will also be considered for a one-time $2,000 award. Preference for this award is given to students who indicate interest in the Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center on their housing application.

Award amount:

Academic Admission awards are $4,000 per year. $2,000 awards are one-time scholarships.

Eligibility requirements:

Submit a complete Admissions application by November 1 to be considered for the Selective Scholarship Application.

Residency:

In-state, Out-of-state, and International

The School of Education Direct Admit Scholars Program

Students who have been invited to join the School of Education Direct Admit Scholars program are also invited to complete the Selective Scholarship Application (SSA) to be considered for School of Education scholarships. The direct admit program is designed to serve a small number of highly qualified incoming freshmen who demonstrate a strong academic background and a commitment to teaching. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic merit, quality of their Selective Scholarship Application, commitment to teaching, intended teaching area, and/or other relevant factors.

Award amount:

Awards are competitive and typically vary from $1,000 to $3,000 per year

Eligibility requirements:

Submit a complete Admissions application by November 1 to be considered for the Selective Scholarship Application.

Residency:

In-state, Out-of-state, and International

The School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering Scholarship Programs

The School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering 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 will need to major in either the Bachelor of Science in Informatics, the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, or the Bachelor of Science in Intelligent Systems Engineering.

Award amount:

Award amounts vary from $500 to $2,000 per year

Eligibility requirements:

Submit a complete Admissions application by November 1 to be considered for the Selective Scholarship Application. Students must also have a 3.75 or higher GPA, and a minimum new SAT score of 1310 (critical reading and math) or minimum ACT of 28. If your intended major is Intelligent Systems Engineering, you must also have a 620 minimum new SAT math score or 26 math ACT score.

Residency:

In-state, Out-of-state, and International

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