University of Southern Indiana

Freshmen Scholarships 2016-beyond

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Incoming Freshmen Scholarships (2016 - beyond)
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
The primary scholarship offered by the University of Southern Indiana. To qualify, students must achieve a minimum 3.0 cumulative high school GPA and either a combined critical reading and math SAT score of 940 or an ACT composite score of 20. Award amounts vary based upon academic merit and are renewable. Qualified students who apply by March 1 of their senior year automatically receive the Rice Scholarship based upon their application for admission. For a complete set of scholarship rules and renewal criteria view scholarship guidelines

Presidential Scholarship
Indiana students ranked first or second in their senior class (or students who achieve a 4.0 GPA at a non-ranking high school) may qualify to compete for Presidential Scholarships which cover full tuition, room and board and provides a book stipend. Applicants must attend a state-commissioned high school in Indiana and earn a combined critical reading and math SAT score of 1200 or an ACT composite score of 27. Eligible students receive a USI Presidential Scholarship application with initial acceptance. The Presidential Scholar application deadline is December 4. For a complete set of scholarship rules and renewal criteria view scholarship guidelines

Provost Scholarship (New for Fall 2017)
Initially matriculating freshmen who meet all requirements for the USI Presidential Scholarship will be considered as candidates for this award which covers full tuition in the event they are not selected to receive the Presidential Scholarship. Application for admission to the University as a degree-seeking student and the Presidential Scholarship application must be completed by March 1 of the student's senior year in high school.  Awards are subject to approval by the Office of Student Financial Assistance based on availability of funding. For a complete set of scholarship rules and renewal criteria view scholarship guidelines.

Baccalaureate/Doctor of Medicine Scholarship
The B/MD Scholarship is a competitive award for Indiana residents who plan to pursue medical school. Through an interview process, USI awards full tuition scholarships for four years of undergraduate study as well as provisional acceptance into the Indiana University School of Medicine. To apply for the scholarship, students must have a minimum 3.5/4.0 cumulative high school GPA and a combined critical reading and math SAT score of 1200 or an ACT composite score of 27. The B/MD application deadline is January 15. For a complete set of scholarship rules and renewal criteria view scholarship guidelines

Multicultural Leadership Scholarship
The Harolyn Torain Multicultural Leadership Scholarship is a competitive award that provides an annual scholarship of $5,000 and is renewable for 4 years. Recipients also participate in an Inclusive Excellence Program that incorporates leadership, community service and cultural experiences throughout the academic year. Students who have a 3.0/4.0 cumulative high school GPA and have demonstrated leadership in multicultural school or community activities or organizations are eligible to apply. The application deadline is January 6, 2017. For a copy of the application visit http://www.usi.edu/admissions/scholarships-and-financial-aid/freshman-scholarships/. For a complete set of scholarship rules and renewal criteria view scholarship guidelines

Out-of-State Top Scholars Award 
University provides awards which pay the difference between non-resident and Indiana resident tuition. The current value is approximately $9,340 annually for students taking 30 credit hours per year. To be eligible applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Achieve a minimum 3.5/4.0 cumulative high school GPA
  • Rank in the top 25% of their class
  • Attain a minimum ACT composite score of 24 or a combined critical reading and math SAT score of 1090

For a complete set of scholarship rules and renewal criteria view scholarship guidelines

Out-of-State Scholarship
Provides a tuition discount for out-of-state students equal to 120% of the in-state tuition rate. The current value is approximately $8,013 annually for students taking 30 credit hours per year. To be eligible, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Achieve a cumulative high school GPA in the range of 2.75-3.49/4.0
  • Rank in the top 26-50%
  • Attain an ACT composite score of 21-23 or a combined critical reading and math SAT score of 990-1080

For a complete set of scholarship rules and renewal criteria view scholarship guidelines

Continuing the Tradition Award Program
Provides tuition waiver which will net out-of-state tuition down to in-state tuition rates.  Non-Indiana residents who are admissible to USI and have a parent (biological or adopted) or grandparent that has earned a Bachelor’s, Masters or Doctorate degree from USI are eligible for this waiver. For a complete set of scholarship rules and renewal criteria view scholarship guidelines

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.)

 

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.

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