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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IU Global Engagement Scholarship

The IU Global Engagement Scholarships are four-year scholarships 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, 2020 for consideration.

Residency:

International

Hamilton Lugar School (HLS) of Global and International Studies

The Hamilton Lugar School (HLS) of Global and International Studies promotes understanding of global issues informed by the deep knowledge of history, culture, and language.

Select highly qualified incoming freshmen are eligible for an array of scholarships.

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):

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

Residency:

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

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 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, 2020

Residency:

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

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, 2020

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 2020–2021 Jewish Studies incoming freshman scholarships: Thursday, January 16, 2020.

Deadline for 2020–2021 Jewish Studies graduate fellowships: Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

Residency:

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

IU Office of Overseas Study Scholarships

Overseas Study administers more than a dozen different scholarship programs. Scholarships are available in a number of categories, including:

  • Department, school, and program scholarships
  • Minority scholarships
  • Scholarships for students from other IU campuses
  • Presidential Match Scholarships
Apply for a scholarship online when you apply for your program.

Award amount:

Varies. $275 to $5,000

Eligibility requirements:

Scholarships are available to support participation in IU overseas study programs. Selection criteria vary, but generally include financial need and academic merit. It is recommended that all interested students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 to be eligible for need-based scholarships.

Residency:

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

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.

The recipients of the DSS Scholarships have been selected for the 2019-2020 academic year. Please check with DSS or watch for an announcement each January when an application is posted on the website for the next academic year.

Award amount:

Varies

Eligibility requirements:

  • Student must be registered with the Office of Disability Services for Students.
  • Student meet the criteria stipulated by the donors listed on the Disability Services website.
  • Must be a full time student (see website for definitions).
  • For scholarships that give preference to students with demonstrated financial need, the applicant’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC), calculated from their FAFSA, will be a determining factor after all other criteria have been met.
  • Once all criteria are met for scholarships that give preference to students with demonstrated financial need, the EFC and amount of Pell funding will be determining factors.

Residency:

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

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)—IFLE integrates coursework and research in biology, biochemistry, and neuroscience in two unique phases: A six-week residential summer research lab experience and a three-module freshman research-based biological sciences honors course. As an IFLE student, you will come to campus the summer before your freshman year for an intensive six-week research experience—related to your interests—in a faculty research laboratory. When the school year begins, you will participate in a two-semester research-based honors course covering genome biology, biochemistry, and neurobiology.

Science, Technology, and Research Scholars (STARS)—STARS is an extra-curricular program that accepts Direct Admit students with prior research experience and identified majors in Animal Behavior, Anthropology, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Cognitive Science, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Geography, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Physics, Psychological and Brain Sciences, or Speech and Hearing Sciences. As a STARS participant, you’ll begin working with a research group the first semester of your freshman year under

Award amount:

Varies

Residency:

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

The Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering Scholarship Programs

The Luddy 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 typically 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

The Media School's Honors Programs

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):

  • GPA of 3.7 or above on a 4.0 scale (or be in the top 15 percent of their graduating class)
  • Minimum score of 1310 on the SAT (verbal and math) or 28 on the ACT

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 awards ranging from $750 to $7,000 per year and are renewable for four years. The O’Neill School is looking for students with high GPAs and test scores, as well as those with an interest in leading for the greater good and having a positive impact on our world and in our communities.

Award amount:

Multiple awards range from $750 to $7,000 per year and are renewable for four years.

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

Wells Scholars Program

The Wells Scholars Program awards 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, including international students, can be considered for nomination by the Office of Admissions.

Award amount:

Wells Scholarships provide tuition, academic fees, a living-expenses stipend, a summer experience grant, and support for overseas study.

Eligibility requirements:

Outstanding students interested in being considered for nomination by the IU Bloomington Office of Admissions must submit all required items by October 15. October 1 is the deadline for eligible high schools must to submit their nominations.

Residency:

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

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