University of Southern Indiana

Freshmen Scholarships

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Incoming Freshmen Scholarships
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 April 15 each year. Some scholarships require a separate application - they are noted below.

David L. Rice Merit Scholarship
This is the primary scholarship offered by the University of Southern Indiana to all eligible applicants residing in Indiana or qualifying counties in Kentucky and Illinois based on academic performance. Qualified applicants automatically receive the Rice Scholarship based upon their admission to USI. For a complete set of scholarship rules and renewal criteria view scholarship guidelines

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

Provost Scholarship
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 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. For more information and to access the application please visit www.usi.edu/bmd. 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. 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 early January each year. For more information visit https://www.usi.edu/multicultural-leadership-scholarship/. For a complete set of scholarship rules and renewal criteria view scholarship guidelines

Kentucky Regional Award
Qualifying Counties: Hopkins, Jefferson, McLean, Muhlenberg, Ohio and Webster

First-time incoming students from qualifying counties in Kentucky are eligible for the Kentucky Regional Award which pays the difference between non-resident and Indiana resident tuition. To be eligible, students must live on campus for the first year. For a complete set of scholarship rules and renewal criteria view scholarship guidelines

Illinois Regional Award
Qualifying counites: Alexander, Clay, Clinton, Cook, Crawford, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, St. Clair, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, Williamson

First-time incoming students from qualifying counties in Illinois are eligible for the Illinois Regional Award which pays the difference between non-resident and Indiana resident tuition. To be eligible, students must live on campus for the first year. For a complete set of scholarship rules and renewal criteria view scholarship guidelines

Out-of-State Merit Scholarship
Award pays the difference between non-resident and Indiana resident tuition plus an additional $2,000. To be eligible applicants must:

  • Achieve a minimum 3.5/4.0 cumulative high school GPA
  • Reside outside of the counties eligible for the Out-of-State Regional Scholarships
  • Live on campus for the first year

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

Out-of-State Grant
Provides a tuition discount of $9,000 for out-of-state students.  To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Achieve a cumulative high school GPA in the range of 2.75-3.49/4.0 and live on campus for the first year
  • Reside outside of the counties eligible for the Out-of-State Regional Scholarships
  • Live on campus for the first year

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 tuition waiver 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.)

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. The AwardSpring application deadline is January 30.

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 TBD.

Learn more and apply for the USI Art Scholarships. 

 

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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