IU Selective Scholarships

All incoming freshmen who submit a complete application for fall admission by November 1 are considered for Selective Scholarship Application (SSA) eligibility.

Students who meet initial eligibility criteria will be invited to complete the online Selective Scholarship Application (SSA). Notification of a student’s eligibility to apply for Selective Scholarships 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.

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IU will consider official test scores only when they are 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.

Selective Scholarship Application

The SSA is used as the application for the following programs and scholarships.

Learn more about these scholarships below.


Hudson & Holland Scholars Program

Description of the scholarship:

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 HHSP recipients through Partnership Awards. For a complete list of Partnership Awards, please visit this link.

Deadline for application:
Submit a complete Admissions application by November 1 to be considered for the Selective Scholarship Application. Students may also apply directly on the Hudson and Holland website.
Award Amount:
$6,000 per year, with additional funding available via HHSP Partnership Awards with various departments and schools at Indiana University.
Renewal requirements:
Renewable for four years (eight semesters). Students must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average each year in order to be eligible for renewal of the full scholarship."

Hutton Honors College

Description of the 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.

Deadline for application:
To be reviewed for Hutton Honors College 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.
Award Amount:
Average $2,000-$3,000
Renewal requirements:
Renewable for four years (eight semesters) 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.

Cox Research Scholars Program

Description of the scholarship:

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. Students are not expected to have prior research experience. 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. Note: This scholarship cannot be combined with other IU awards, except for the IU National Scholar Program Scholarships.

Students selected as Cox Research Scholars earn scholarships for the total cost of attendance as determined by the Office of Student Financial Assistance, renewable for four years (eight semesters).

Deadline for application:
Students must submit a complete Admissions application by November 1 to be considered for the Selective Scholarship Application.  The minimum academic standards to be considered for this opportunity mirror the criteria for the Hutton Honors College. This scholarship is only available to incoming freshmen with Indiana residency and US citizenship. 
Award Amount:
Total cost of attendance (see description for details)
Renewal requirements:
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.

Kelley Scholars Program

Description of the scholarship:

The Kelley Scholars Program offers a prestigious scholarship for approximately ten outstanding incoming freshman students who are Indiana residents with business majors.

Deadline for application:
Submit a complete application by November 1 to be considered for the Selective Scholarship Application. Students must also be 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) on the old SAT or 1410 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math) on the new SAT, along with a 3.8 GPA.
Award Amount:
The award supplements other IU funding received at the time of admission to provide up to four consecutive years of standard tuition and fees, a stipend for living expenses, and a study abroad opportunity.
Renewal requirements:
The Kelley Scholarship is renewable for up to four consecutive years (eight semesters, fall & spring) of study at IU Bloomington by maintaining a 3.5 cumulative program GPA and meeting additional requirements.

The College of Arts and Sciences

Description of the scholarship:

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 or the School of Art and Design 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.

Deadline for application:

The minimum academic standards to be considered for all of these opportunities are the same and mirror the criteria for the Hutton Honors College. Students must submit a complete Admissions application by November 1 and indicate a major within the College of Arts and Sciences or the School of Art and Design to be considered for the Selective Scholarship Application.


The School of Education Direct Admit Scholars Program

Description of the scholarship:

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 commitment to teaching. Students invited to join the direct admit program are invited to complete the Selective Scholarship Application for scholarship consideration. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic merit, quality of application, commitment to teaching, intended teaching area, and/or other relevant factors.

Deadline for application:
Submit a complete Admissions application by November 1 to be considered for the Selective Scholarship Application.
Award Amount:
Awards are competitive and typically vary from $1,000 to $3,000 per year.
Renewal requirements:
Most are renewable for up to four years (eight semesters) of study at IU. Eligibility and renewal criteria are specific to each award.

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Description of the scholarship:

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) 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 SPEA 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.

Deadline for application:
Submit a complete Admissions application by November 1 to be considered for the Selective Scholarship Application.
Award Amount:
Academic Admission awards are $4,000 per year. $2,000 awards are one-time scholarships.
Renewal requirements:
Recipients must remain in good standing, both academically and non-academically. Recipients must also enroll in and complete at least 9 credit hours of SPEA coursework in the fall and spring semesters.

The School of Informatics and Computing Scholarship Programs

Description of the scholarship:

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 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.

Deadline for application:

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.

Award Amount:
Award amounts vary from $500 to $2,000 per year.
Renewal requirements:
Many available scholarships are renewable for additional years by maintaining good academic standing in the School of Informatics and Computing.

The Media School

Description of the scholarship:

The Media School uses the Selective Scholarship Application to consider students for the Journalism Honors Program. Approximately 20 students each year become Ernie Pyle Scholars, which involves a faculty mentor, honors sections of core journalism classes and unique travel opportunities. This program is limited to students who have indicated journalism as their intended major.

Deadline for application:

Students must submit a complete Admissions application by November 1 and meet the following academic standards to be considered for the Selective Scholarship Application:

  • SAT score of 1320 or above (Critical Reading and Math) OR ACT Composite score of 28 or above
  • GPA of 3.7/4.0 or above OR ranking in the top 15 percent of graduating class
Award Amount:
Award amounts vary.