IU Selective Scholarship Application

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 eligible HHSP recipients through Partnership Awards. For a complete list of Partnership Awards, please visit this link. Applications and deadlines may apply.

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 & 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) consecutively. Students must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average each year in order to be eligible for renewal of the full scholarship and must complete the LEAD requirements.

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. 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.

Deadline for application:
Students must submit a complete Admissions application by November 1 to be considered for the Selective Scholarship Application. 
Award Amount:

Students selected as Cox Research Scholars earn a scholarship and wage package that – in conjunction with any other institutional funding they receive – will total the official cost of attendance at Indiana University Bloomington.

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.

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 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 Direct Admission Standards. Students must submit a complete Admissions application by November 1 and indicate a major within the College of Arts and Sciences to be considered for the Selective Scholarship Application.


The School of Education Direct Admit Scholars Program

Description of the scholarship:

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.  

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 Informatics, Computing, and Engineering Scholarship Programs

Description of the scholarship:

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.

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.
Renewal requirements:
Many available scholarships are renewable for additional years by maintaining good academic standing in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering.

The Media School

Description of the scholarship:

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)
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:

  • 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 
Award Amount:
Award amounts vary.

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 scholarship awards of varying amounts. The awards range from $2,000 to $5,000 per year, and some are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study. SPEA also provides specific award $2,000 awards to students living in the Civic Leaders Center, SPEA’s Living-Learning Community on campus.  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:
Award amounts vary from $2,000 to $5,000 per year. Some are renewable for up to four years.