Cox Access Scholarship

The Cox Access Scholars Program provides for hard-working, non-traditional, Indiana residents who are academically strong, have demonstrated financial need, have a commitment to employment, and have a cumulative gap of five years or more in their college education. Students selected as Cox Access Scholars receive the following:

  • A scholarship and stipend package that – in conjunction with any other institutional funding they receive – will total the official cost of attendance at Indiana University Bloomington.*

*Students can receive gift aid from institutional funds (IU merit scholarships, grants, and fee remissions) totaling no more than the official cost of attendance for Indiana University Bloomington. Please note that Cox Scholarship amounts will be reduced to ensure that a student’s individual aid package does not exceed the official cost of attendance for IU Bloomington. External scholarships and entitlements from federal and state funds can be awarded regardless of total aid package.


  • Eligibility Requirements

    To be eligible for the Cox Access Scholars Program, you must:

    • Enter IU classified as an Indiana Resident, with a cumulative gap of five years or more in your college education.
    • 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.
    • Be earning a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or higher (4.0 scale) at time of admission.
    • Demonstrate financial need by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 10 for the upcoming academic year.

    *Please note: NCAA athletes are not eligible for the Cox Scholarships.

  • Work Component

    The overall objective for the Cox Access Scholars is to build on their academic experience by engaging in a meaningful work experience with a department, office, or faculty member. Cox Access Scholars develop invaluable personal and professional development skills. In addition to work component duties, Cox Access Scholars participate in the following:

    • Career preparation and development
    • Community service projects
    • Career and personal assessments
  • Applying

    To apply for the Cox Access Scholars Program, you must complete the following steps. All required materials must be submitted or postmarked by March 10, 2017:

    In addition to the Cox Access Scholarship Application, you will need to submit the following required documentation and request recommendation letters:

    • Personal statement (include your name and IUID on submitted documents). Please include a personal statement of no more than 300 words about why you should be selected for a Cox Access Scholarship.
    • Resume (include your name and IUID on submitted documents). This document should all activities, including the following: work experience, volunteer involvement, awards, and honors.
    • Documentation of earnings in Calendar Year 2016 (e.g., W2 forms, spreadsheets with work performed and amount paid).
    • Two letters of recommendation.
      • An academic reference from a professor.*
      • A supporting reference from outside of your academics (e.g., employer, volunteer supervisor, non-academic advisor, mentor).

    *You may choose to submit two letters from outside of your academics if you do not have recent college experience.

  • Renewal Criteria

    Cox Access Scholarships that are awarded to students as incoming freshmen are renewable for a total of four years (eight semesters) of undergraduate study, not including summer sessions, or until the student earns their first baccalaureate degree. Cox Access Scholarships that are awarded to current students at IU Bloomington are renewable for a total of three years (six semesters) of undergraduate study), not including summer sessions, or until the student earns their first baccalaureate degree. If a student chooses to attend another college or university (including an IU campus other than Bloomington), the scholarship is forfeited. In order to renew their scholarships, Cox Access Scholars must meet the following requirements:

    • Be enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours) as a degree-seeking student on the Bloomington campus. Waitlisted courses do not count toward official enrollment.
    • Maintain a cumulative program GPA of 3.0 at IU.
    • Successfully work in their on-campus position during their entire enrollment at Indiana University.