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Provost Scholarship Guidelines

The University of Southern Indiana Provost Scholarship is intended to promote academic excellence. For selected scholars, the University provides awards which waive full tuition. These awards are coordinated with other tuition-specific aid (if applicable) to ensure that the total of tuition-specific assistance does not exceed total tuition charges. No cash refunds are made to students from tuition-specific assistance.

Initially matriculating freshmen who meet all requirements for the USI Presidential Scholarship will be considered as candidates for this award in the event they are not selected to receive the Presidential Scholarship.

NOTE: 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. 


Award recipients must enroll as full-time students during the fall and each successive regular semester following award notification. A full-time student is defined as one who enrolls in at least 27 semester hours each academic year (fall/spring), for Provost Scholarship purposes. Official enrollment is determined on 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 legitimate medical or academic reasons).

NOTE: Award recipients may utilize the Provost Scholarship for summer enrollment. No minimum enrollment status is required during summer.


The Provost Scholarship is available for 4 years or until recipients earn their first bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first.

Declining the Offer

Students who decline USI’s offer of a Provost Scholarship forfeit all future entitlement to this award. The Provost Scholarship offer is valid only during the fall semester of the year in which the award is made and will not be offered a second time.

Renewal Criteria

The award may be renewed automatically if the student earns a minimum of 27 semester hours each academic year (fall/spring) and maintains the required minimum cumulative GPA. The Office of Student Financial Assistance will evaluate earned hours after the spring semester. Any deficit in earned hours may be made up in the summer at the students’ expense. A written request for review of the Provost Scholarship eligibility must be sent to the Director of Student Financial Assistance after summer grades are officially recorded on the student’s transcript.

The required minimum cumulative GPA is 3.0/4.0 for 0-59 semester hours earned and 3.2 thereafter. Students who fail to earn the required minimum cumulative GPA will be placed on probation for one semester. Failure to comply with the cumulative GPA requirement after one probationary semester will result in cancellation of the Provost Scholarship and forfeiture of all future entitlement.

Appeal 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:

Student Financial Assistance
University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47712

Decisions of the Appeals Committee are final.


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

Awards are subject to approval based on availability of funding. No cash refunds are made to students from this scholarship.

Revised 09/20/18

Students may check their MyUSI account for the most current financial aid information. USI reserves the right to make necessary adjustments. Renewal of this scholarship depends upon future funding. The University reserves the right to change scholarships, policies, and award amounts. The right to correct errors is also reserved.

Questions about the Provost Scholarship guidelines?

Contact the Student Financial Assistance office at 812-464-1767 or 800-467-1965; or email Business hours are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (central time).