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State of Indiana Scholarships

Minority Teacher Scholarship

State funded and administered by the University, Minority Teacher Scholarships are awarded to outstanding black or Hispanic students majoring in education. Recipients must be Indiana residents who are enrolled or will enroll full-time. The application must be filed by October of the year for which you are applying. For an application and a complete set of program rules, visit www.in.gov/sfa/2342.htm.


Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship

The Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship is an educational benefit for students who graduate from a publicly supported high school at least one year early, after December 31, 2010. The scholarship pays $4000 to be applied first to any remaining unpaid tuition on fees and can be used at any eligible Indiana college. The balance of the scholarship shall be remitted to the student. This is a one-time benefit and may not be renewed. The scholarship may not be used for remedial coursework. For an application and a complete set of program rules, visit www.in.gov/sfa/2504.htm.


Student Teaching Stipend for Minorities

The Student Teaching Stipend is for minority students (defined as black and Hispanic individuals) who plan to teach. The student must show that he/she will engage in student teaching during the upcoming academic term. The stipend will be a maximum of $5000 (if the student has a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale) or $4000 (if the student has a GPA of at least 3.0 and less than 3.5 on a 4.0 scale). For an application and a complete set of program rules, visit www.in.gov/sfa/2579.htm.


Student Teaching Stipend for High-Needs Fields

The Student Teaching Stipend is for minority students who plan to teach in 'high-need' fields, which means a teaching specialty that affects the economic vitality of Indiana and in which there is a shortage of candidates. The Commission will determine which specialties are considered 'high-need fields,' but they will likely include areas of STEM (e.g. math, science, physics). Special education is included through statutory language. The student must show that he/she will engage in student teaching during the upcoming academic term. The stipend will be a maximum of $5000 (if the student has a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale) or $4000 (if the student has a GPA of at least 3.0 and less than 3.5 on a 4.0 scale). For an application and a complete set of program rules, visit www.in.gov/sfa/2578.htm.



University of Southern Indiana Scholarships and Grants

New students are encouraged to apply for admission no later than March 1 prior to their initial fall semester to ensure consideration for all scholarships. Many scholarships also require completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to March 10 each year. Some scholarships require a separate application - they are noted below.


David L. Rice Merit Scholarship (formerly known as the Departmental Scholarship)
The primary scholarship offered by the University of Southern Indiana. To qualify, students residing in Indiana or selected counties in Kentucky must be enrolled in the Indiana Academic Honors or Kentucky Pre-college Curriculum. The David L. Rice Merit Scholarship is a four-year award with reasonable renewal criteria. For a complete set of scholarship rules and renewal criteria visit www.usi.edu/finaid/scholar.asp. This scholarship ranges in value from $500 per year up to full yearly tuition. Individual award amounts are based on a student's SAT or ACT scores and cumulative GPA. A separate application is not required; the USI Undergraduate Application for Admission serves as the application for the David L. Rice Scholarship.


Presidential Scholarship
Indiana students ranked first or second in their senior class may qualify to compete for Presidential Scholarships which cover full tuition and housing; in addition, a yearly stipend for books and board is provided. Applicants must attend a state-commissioned high school in Indiana and earn an SAT score of 1200 (without writing component) or 1800 (with writing component), or an ACT composite score of 27. For a complete set of scholarship rules and renewal criteria visit www.usi.edu/finaid/scholar.asp. Qualifying students may receive a USI Presidential Scholarship application with initial acceptance. The USI Presidential Scholarship application, including related admission materials and most recent high school transcript, must be submitted by January 15th.


Baccalaureate/Doctor of Medicine Scholarship
Through a competitive interview process, the University of Southern Indiana provides a full tuition scholarship for four years of undergraduate study at in-state rate as well as provisional acceptance into the Indiana University Medical School. Qualifications include a minimum 3.5/4.0 high school GPA and an SAT score of 1200 (without writing component) or 1800 (with writing component), or an ACT composite score of 27. For a complete set of scholarship rules and renewal criteria visit www.usi.edu/finaid/scholar.asp. The B/MD application, including related admission materials and most recent high school transcript, must be submitted by January 15.


Non-Resident Top Scholars Award
This scholarship is designated for outstanding students residing outside the state of Indiana. Students must rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class or earn a 3.75/4.0 GPA. In addition to GPA, or class rank, students must achieve a combined score of 1700 (with writing component) or 1100 (without writing component) on the SAT or earn an ACT composite score of 25. For a complete set of scholarship rules and renewal criteria visit www.usi.edu/finaid/scholar.asp. Recipients are provided an opportunity to attend the University of Southern Indiana while essentially paying in-state tuition and fees. A separate application is not required; the USI Undergraduate Application for Admission serves as the application for the Non-Resident Top Scholar Award.


Regional Academic Scholarship
A minimum 2.75/4/0 cumulative high school GPA is required. Transfer students must have a minimum 2.75/4.0 cumulative college GPA. In addition to GPA, a minimum SAT score of 1500 (with writing component) or 1000 (without writing component) or 21 composite ACT is required. For a complete set of scholarship rules and renewal criteria visit www.usi.edu/finaid/scholar.asp. Eligible recipients will receive a scholarship valued at over approximately $7500 per year compared to out-of-state tuition rates. Such students must reside in University-provided housing. Students must be residents of Kentucky or Illinois to receive this scholarship.


Non-Resident Grant
A minimum of 2.5 (4.0 scale) cumulative high school GPA is required. Transfer students must have a minimum 2.0 (4.0 scale) cumulative college GPA. Eligible recipients will receive a scholarship valued at over approximately $5,500 per year compared to out-of-state tuition rates. Recipients must enroll in the fall and spring terms following receipt of award notification. For a complete set of scholarship rules and renewal criteria visit www.usi.edu/finaid/scholar.asp. Students must be residents of Kentucky or Illinois to receive this scholarship.


Music Performance Scholarship
Music performance scholarships are available for members of Mid-America Singers and Band. Contact the director of Mid-America Singers and Band in the School of Liberal Arts at 812/464-1736 for audition information.


Theatre/Drama Scholarship
Individuals interested in assisting with the production of theatrical events may contact the Chair of Performing Arts Department at 812/465-1614 for information concerning theatre/drama scholarships.


Athletic Scholarship
Women's sports include basketball, softball, volleyball, soccer, cross country, golf, and tennis. Men's sports include basketball, baseball, soccer, golf, tennis, and cross country. Student athletes desiring information on athletic grant-in-aid scholarships may contact the director of Athletics at 812/464-1846.


Twenty-First Century Scholars Textbook Award
Students who are eligible for the Twenty-First Century Scholars award from the State of Indiana are also eligible for a $200 per year textbook award from the University of Southern Indiana beginning in the second year of attendance. These awards are renewable and may be received for a total of three years as long as student eligibility for the Twenty-First Century Scholars program continues and the student is continuously enrolled at USI. (Note: This award is only available to first time, full-time, incoming freshmen.)


Student Spouse One-Course Option
The spouse of an eligible full-time student may enroll in his or her first USI undergraduate course at a cost of $25 plus incidental fees. Students enrolled under this option are limited to one class and must register during late registration on a space-available basis. Applications are available in the Office of Student Financial Assistance and must be completed at the time of enrollment. The spouse must have earned a minimum 2.0 GPA at USI. The one-course option may not be repeated.


Retired Individuals One-Course Option
Retired persons aged 60 or older may enroll in their first USI undergraduate course at a cost of $25 per semester plus incidental fees. Students enrolled under this option are limited to one class must register during late registration on a space-available basis. Applications are available in the Office of Student Financial Assistance. Proof of retirement may be required and the one-course option may not be repeated.


Limitation on Participation
Certain scholarships may be tuition specific. These scholarships will be coordinated with other tuition specific assistance to ensure that the assistance does not exceed total tuition charges. Students cannot apply awards to payment of fees for which the award was not intended nor receive a cash refund from tuition-specific assistance.



USI Foundation Scholarships

Students who apply for admission to USI by March 1 of their senior year of high school and complete the FAFSA by March 10 are automatically considered for one of approximately 50 merit-based USI Foundation Scholarships awarded each year. Awards range from $400 to $2,000 per academic year. Scholarship recipients are notified in mid-April.

It is recommended that students attach a list of extra-curricular activities and community service to their USI Admission Application. These scholarships, except as noted, are renewable based upon continued enrollment and maintenance of specific grade point minimums.

Some of the scholarships listed below (as specified) are awarded to current students through the department of their major.

Henry and Hazel Bennighof Scholarship
Indiana residency is required with preference given to Vanderburgh County residents; no specific major is required; minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale; must show financial need by filing the FAFSA each year prior to March 1.

Charles H. and Margaret A. Braun Scholarship
No residency requirement; must be entering freshman with a minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; high school class rank in top 50 percent; SAT minimum of 1000 or ACT minimum of 22; preference is given to children of Industrial Contractors and affiliates employees.

Sol and Arlene Bronstein Art Scholarship
No residency requirement; must be entering freshman with a major in art or art education; selection by art department using students’ portfolio.

Hubert R. and Louise S. Bruce Scholarship
Indiana residency required; must be entering freshman; graduate of a Perry County high school admitted to USI in good standing; must demonstrate financial need by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.

Thompson H. Burckhartt Memorial Scholarship
Posey County, Indiana, residency is required as well as graduation from a Posey County high school; a major in business is required; minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale; must be able to demonstrate record of community and extracurricular involvement.

Robert W. Carithers Scholarship for Arts and Humanities
No residency requirement; must be entering freshman with a major in art, theater, history, philosophy, English, or foreign language; minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; must demonstrate financial need by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); selection by Liberal Arts faculty using students’ work and/or performance.

Frances H. and Guy Q. Cornell Sr. Memorial Scholarship
Indiana residency required; must be Warrick County resident; commendable high school cumulative grade point average; preference to students who are active in swimming, minor sports, dance team, cheerleading, or Mid-America Singers (in that order); must demonstrate financial need by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)..

Barbara Corrigan Memorial Scholarship
Indiana residency is required; a major in business or science is required; minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale; must be able to demonstrate record of community and extracurricular involvement.

William E. and Rebecca N. Couch Endowment Scholarship
Indiana, Kentucky, or Illinois residency is required; a business or education major is required; must rank in top 15 percent of graduating class.

Dr. John and Grace Eisterhold Scholarship
Merit scholarship for entering freshman who has a minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale; preference to Mater Dei High School graduate.

E. Donald and Mary Jane Elliott Scholarship
No residency requirement; must be entering freshman; minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale; must demonstrate financial need by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1st.

Doris and Al Grabhorn Scholarship
Indiana residency required; must be entering freshman; first preference to graduates of Bosse High School; second preference to graduates of any Vanderburgh and Warrick County high schools; minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale; high school class rank in top 10 percent; SAT minimum of 1100 or ACT minimum of 24.

Paul Grimes Memorial Scholarship
Indiana residency is required; a major in engineering or science is required; minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; must be able to demonstrate record of community and extracurricular involvement.

Elmo Holder Memorial Scholarship
Indiana residency is required; no specific major is required; minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale; must be able to demonstrate record of community and extracurricular involvement.

Clifford A. Kleymeyer Memorial Scholarship
Vanderburgh County or Posey County, Indiana, residency is required; no specific major is required; minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; must be able to demonstrate interest in community, church, and extracurricular activities; must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 each year.

Roy G. Long Memorial Scholarship
Indiana residency required; must be entering freshman; graduate of Bosse High School; math or math teaching major required; minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; high school class rank in top 25 percent; SAT minimum of 1100 or ACT minimum of 24.

John & Betty McCutchan Memorial Scholarship
Indiana residency is required; a major in business is required; minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale; must be able to demonstrate record of community and extracurricular involvement.

Frank F. McDonald Scholarship
Indiana residency is required; no specific major is required; minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale; must be able to demonstrate record of community and extracurricular involvement.

Mead Johnson Foundation Scholarship
Indiana residency is required; no specific major is required; minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale; minimum SAT score of 1100 or a minimum ACT score of 25.

Richard E. Meier Memorial Scholarship
Indiana residency is required; a major in business is required; minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale; must be able to demonstrate record of community and extracurricular involvement.

Midwest Ironworkers Advancement Program Scholarship
No residency requirement; must be entering freshman with a minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale; preference to majors related to construction industry; preference is given to children of ironworker families.

William J. and Alda E. Moutoux Scholarship
Indiana residency required; must be entering freshman; minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; high school Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.

Char-Ron Newman Scholarship
Tri-State residency required; must be entering freshman with a minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; high school class rank in top 50 percent; SAT minimum of 1000 or ACT minimum of 22; preference is given to children of Old National Bank non-supervisory employees; must demonstrate financial need by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.

Optimist Club of Eastside
Indiana residency is preferred but not required; entering freshman in any major; minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.25 on 4.0 scale; SAT minimum of 1100 or ACT minimum of 25; must be able to demonstrate record of extracurricular activities; must file the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 each year.

Palladino Family Scholarship
Indiana residency required; must be entering freshman; graduate of F.J. Reitz High School; evidence of involvement in Reitz instrumental music program in the senior year with preference to students involved for four years; non-renewable.

F. Leo Peyronnin Memorial Scholarship
Indiana residency is preferred but not required; a major in business, engineering, nursing, or geology is required; must be entering freshman and rank in the top 15 percent of the high school graduating class; must file the FAFSA by March 1 each year.

Pott Engineering Scholarship
Indiana residency is preferred but not required; a major in engineering is required; minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale; transfer students must also have a minimum 3.0 on a 4.0 scale college grade point average.

Bernard and Lena Powers Scholarship
Indiana residency is preferred but not required; must be an entering freshman majoring in accounting; minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale; SAT minimum of 1100 or ACT minimum of 25.

Dr. Z. Olen and Inez G. Pumphrey Foundation Scholarship
Indiana residency required; must be entering freshman; minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale; high school class rank in top 10 percent; SAT minimum of 1100 or ACT minimum of 24.

Alan C. Rankin Distinguished Leadership Award
Indiana residency is required; no specific major is required; minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; must be able to demonstrate record of community and extracurricular involvement.

Aline Nunn Renner Scholarship
Tri-State (Evansville area) residency required; must be entering freshman with major in business; minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; high school class rank in top 15 percent required.

Betty Fordice Rice Scholarship
Indiana residency required; must be entering freshman; preference to graduates of a high schools in Park, Putnam, and Montgomery Counties; minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; must demonstrate interest and involvement in school, church, or community activities; must demonstrate financial need by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.

David L. Rice Deans Scholarship
For selected Indiana scholars, this award pays full in-state tuition (total of contingent fee, academic facilities fee, and student services fee at the Indiana resident rate) when combined with the Departmental Scholarship. For selected non-resident scholars, this award pays a maximum of $2,000 per academic year to be applied to tuition. This award is coordinated with other tuition-specific aid (if applicable) to ensure that total of such aid does not exceed actual tuition charges.

Bob and Mary Lou Russler Scholarship
Indiana residency required; must be entering freshman; preference to graduate of Mater Dei High School; high school rank in top 15 percent of class; must demonstrate interest and involvement in school, church, and community activities; must demonstrate financial need by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.

Georgiana T. Schoeny Endowed Scholarship
Indiana residency required; must be entering freshman; first preference to residents of Hillcrest Home; second preference to students with difficult family circumstances such as abandonment; minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale; must demonstrate financial need by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.

E. Harvey and Shirley Seaman Merit Scholarship in Business
No residency requirement; must be entering freshman with a major in School of Business; minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale; high school class rank in top 5 percent; SAT minimum of 1200 or ACT minimum of 28.

Robert W. Wallace Scholarship
No residency requirement; must be entering freshman with a major in School of Liberal Arts; minimum high school grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before March 1 each year to document that student is from a middle income family with two or more children in college simultaneously.

Wallace C. and Kathleen Wardner Memorial Scholarship
Indiana residency is required; a major in social science, education, or human services is required; minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale; must be able to demonstrate record of community and extracurricular involvement.

Women’s Rotary Club Scholarship
No residency requirement; must be entering female freshman; commendable high school cumulative grade point average; high school rank in top 50 percent of class; must demonstrate financial need by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Sharon D. Working Memorial Scholarship
Indiana residency requirement; must be junior or senior; commendable USI cumulative grade point average; required major is business; must demonstrate financial need by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

USI Alumni Association Scholarships
Over $25,500 is annually awarded to students funded from the USI Alumni Scholarship Endowment. Applications are mailed to candidates who meet the minimum requirements. Selections are made by the Alumni Association Executive Board. Visit http://www.alumni.usi.edu/s/1195/start.aspx for more information.







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