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Award Package

The Harolyn Torain Multicultural Leadership Scholarship is a $5,000 per year ($2,500 for fall semester and $2,500 for spring semester) for potential value of up to $20,000. Additionally, recipients will participate in an Inclusive Excellence Program that will include various leadership, community service and cultural experiences throughout the academic year. A total of 20 scholarships will be awarded annually. This scholarship supersede any scholarship awarded through the admissions process at USI, including, but not limited to: David L. Rice Scholarship, Illinois Regional Award, Kentucky Regional Award, Deans Scholarship, Provost Scholarship, etc. 

Scholarship Guidelines 

The Harolyn Torain Multicultural Leadership Scholarship is renewable for 6 additional semesters beyond the initial award year (total of 8 consecutive semesters from the date of initial enrollment), or until first undergraduate degree is completed, whichever comes first.

Renewal Criteria 

The scholarship may be renewed automatically if the student successfully completes 24 USI credit hours each academic year (fall/spring) and earns a 2.50 cumulative USI grade point average. Recipients must maintain satisfactory participation in the Inclusive Excellence Program. The Office of Student Financial Assistance will evaluate earned hours after the spring semester. Students may make up deficits in earned hours in summer at in-state rates. Courses used to make up deficits in earned hours must be taken at USI.

Additional Information

  • Award recipients must enroll as full-time students during the fall and each successive regular semester following award notification. Exceptions are made to permit December high school graduates to begin University enrollment in the spring semester. A full-time student is defined as one who enrolls in at least 12 credit hours each fall/spring semester. Official enrollment is determined on financial aid census day (5th day of fall/spring). Failure to comply with these requirements nullifies the award and all future entitlement. Under exceptional circumstances, a student may petition the Director of Student Financial Assistance for a “leave of absence” for one semester and an extension of calendar year limits or an exception to the minimum enrollment requirement (only for documented medical or academic reasons).

  • Non-Indiana award recipients may utilize the tuition fee waiver portion of this scholarship to receive Indiana state rates for summer, if GPA requirements are met in prior fall/spring semesters. No minimum enrollment is required for summer.

  • Acceptance of this award offer is valid only during the fall semester (mid-year high school graduates may be eligible the following fall term) of the year in which the award is made.

  • Award recipients are required to live on-campus for the first academic year. After the first year there are no residential requirements. Exceptions are made for students that are living at home with their parents/guardians and reside within commuting distance.

  • All participating students must maintain good standing at USI. Students who are dismissed from the University, for any reason, forfeit all entitlement to this scholarship.

  • Appeals Process: Students may request exceptions to these regulations when unusual or mitigating circumstances warrant such action. Appeals must be submitted in writing to the Student Financial Assistance Appeals Committee at USI. Send all correspondence to the Office of Student Financial Assistance, University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN 47712. Decisions of the Appeals Committee are final. 

Important Information for Recipients Considering Graduate School

Award recipients who meet bachelor’s degree requirements in less than four years, meet all renewal criteria and have been admitted to a USI graduate program may apply to receive this scholarship for an additional one year for USI graduate coursework (unless they receive a graduate assistantship).