Freshman Scholarships

Scholarship and Financial Aid Estimator*Scholarship information for students entering in fall 2021 will be updated and posted by the end of August. 

David L. Rice Merit Scholarship

This is the primary scholarship offered by the University of Southern Indiana to all eligible applicants (in-state and out-of-state) with permanent residency in the U.S. To qualify, students must achieve a minimum 3.0 cumulative high school GPA and one of the following scores:  a combined Evidence-Based Reading/Writing + Math SAT score of 1030 or an ACT composite score of 20. Award amounts vary based upon academic merit and are renewable.  Qualified applicants automatically receive the Rice Scholarship based upon their admission to USI.

SAT 1030-1090 1100-1190 1200-1250 1260-1350 1360+
ACT 20-21 22-24 25-26 27-29 30+
4.0+ $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $5,000
3.9-3.99 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000
3.7-3.89 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500
3.6-3.69 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000
3.4-3.59 $750 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500
3.0-3.39 $500 $750 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000

***All grade point averages above 4.0 are converted to 4.0.

Presidential Scholarship

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 provide book stipends. Applicants must attend an accredited high school and earn a combined SAT score of a 1280 (Evidence-Based Reading/Writing + Math) or an ACT composite score of 27. Eligible students receive instructions on how to access the Presidential Scholarship application with their initial acceptance. The Presidential Scholar application deadline is December 1, 2019.

Baccalaureate/Doctor of Medicine Scholarship (B/MD)

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 composite SAT score of a 1280 (Evidence-Based Reading/Writing + Math) or an ACT composite score of 27. The B/MD application deadline is December 1, 2019.

Additional B/MD information including the application.

Multicultural Leadership Scholarship

The Harolyn Torain Multicultural Leadership Scholarship is a competitive award that provides an annual scholarship of $5,000. 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 Multicultural Leadership Scholarship deadline is December 1, 2019. 

Additional Multicultural Leadership Scholarship information and application.

Foundation Scholarships

Admitted students can take advantage of AwardSpring, a unified scholarship application that faculty and staff utilize to award Foundation scholarships. This one application serves as the application to all Foundation scholarships for which a student is eligible. Students can click on the AwardSpring icon throught MyUSI and begin completing a single application. The software will automatically match potential recipients to scholarships based on the information provided on the application.   

USI Alumni Association Scholarships

The USI Alumni Association offers scholarship opportunities to students graduating from an Indiana high school. Award criteria and amounts vary. The deadline for the Alumni Association scholarships is March 8, 2020.

Find out more about Alumni Association Scholarships and access the applications

USI Legacy Scholarship

Did your parent/guardian, grandparent or sibling graduate from USI? Do you have a 3.5 or higher cumulative high school GPA? If you answered yes to both questions, you are eligible to apply for the USI Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship. The USI Alumni Association awards two $1,500 renewable scholarships annually to outstanding incoming freshmen who are members of a legacy family.

Applications are now available with a submission deadline of March 15, 2020. Completed application packets in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format include:USI

Required components include the application, resume that includes academic honors/achievements, extra-curricular activities and work experience, a 300-500 word essay responding to the question, "Who is your legacy connection to USI, and how has that individual impacted your life?" (You may have multiple legacy connections) and your high school transcript.

USI Art Scholarships 

The USI Art Department awards four-year renewable scholarships in amounts ranging from $500-$2,500 to incoming students majoring in art or art education to be used towards tuition. Deadline to apply is February 7, 2020

Learn more and apply for the USI Art Scholarships. 

Army ROTC Scholarships

Find out more about the Army ROTC Scholarship opportunities.

Freshman Out-of-State Scholarships

Out-of-State Top Scholar Award
University provides awards which pay the difference between non-resident and Indiana resident tuition.  The current value is approximately $10,242 annually for students taking 30 credit hours per year. To be eligible applicants must meet one of the following criteria and live on campus for the first year*:

  • 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 SAT score of an 1160 (Evidence-Based Reading/Writing + Math)

Out-Of-State Scholarship

Provides a tuition discount for out-of-state students equal to 120% of the in-state tuition rate (currently valued at $8,833.20 per year). To be eligible, applicants must meet one of the following criteria and live on campus for the first year*:

  • 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 SAT score of a 1070-1150 (Evidence-Based Reading/Writing + Math)

Continue the Tradition Award

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.

**There are caveats in place for students that live in Illinois and are close enough to commute, and processes in place should housing be at capacity.


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