University of Southern Indiana


Robert W. Carithers Scholarship

The Carithers Scholarships in Arts and Humanities are named for a former chair of the USI Society for Arts and Humanities who was instrumental in establishing the awards and whose estate helps to underwrite them.

Currently scholarships are valued at $2,500 per academic year and can be renewed annually provided that specific criteria are met and students make appropriate progress toward graduation. The scholarship is applied directly to student fees for coursework at USI. Application is made in the early spring of the candidate's senior year in high school with review of applications beginning on April 7. The application requires both a letter and an accompanying portfolio. Call 812-464-1855 for more information.

View application instructions for the Carithers Scholarship.


Students meeting the following criteria are eligible to apply for a Carithers Scholarship:

  • Graduate of a high school in one of the following states: Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee
  • Plans to major in one of the following disciplines: Art, English, History, Philosophy, Theatre, World Languages and Cultures
  • Holds a 3.0 or higher grade point average (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Submits a portfolio of his or her work in the anticipated major
  • Files a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA prior to March 1.

In addition, although awards may be announced earlier, eligibility to receive the scholarship will be based on the official eighth semester transcript from the high school. Applicants must pre-register at USI for fall classes during freshman orientation in the summer before their freshman year in order to receive the scholarship. 

Renewal and Cancellation

The Carithers scholarship is renewable for a maximum of three years after the initial freshman year or until 120 credit hours are attempted, whichever comes first.

The recipient must maintain a cumulative USI grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

In addition, the student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA prior to March 1 each year. Although filing the FAFSA is a requirement, receiving a Society scholarship is not based on financial need.

A minimum of 12 credit hours but be completed successfully each term (summer excluded).

The scholarship will be canceled if renewal criteria are not met, and the scholarship will not be reinstated. Minimum enrollment requirements will be evaluated each semester. The cumulative GPA will be evaluated at the end of each spring semester.

New Harmony Writers Workshop Scholarship

USI student writers receive a limited number of full and partial scholarships based solely on merit. Visit the New Harmony Writers Workshop website for more information.

Student Development Fund

The Student Development Fund provides USI students with financial support to take advantage of educational opportunities in an extra- or co-curricular setting. Funds provide for:

  • Registration fees for seminars, workshops and competitions which enhance student's academic experience
  • Admission tickets for theatre performances, art exhibits, musical events, lectures, literary workshops and other events related to the student's field of study
  • Travel expenses to appropriate academic and arts events related to the work of the College of Liberal Arts
  • Other expense deemed appropriate by the Student Development Fund Committee

Printable application forms for the Fund are available online, or hard copy forms can be found in the College of Liberal Arts office (LA 3001). Call 812-464-1855 for more information.

Forms should contain as much information as possible including dates (current and date of event), amount requested, names of students attending, signature of faculty representative, estimated total cost per student and an account number to be reimbursed by the Society when approval is complete. Payments cannot be made to students or other individuals unless special arrangements have been made with the Student Development Fund Committee.

In compliance with USI Travel regulations, additional forms must be filled out before trips are made with USI students - a Travel Authorization with Travel Services and a Field Trip Report with Risk Management.

Please keep in mind that the Fund is for financial assistance and administered by Committee approval. Faculty sponsors are urged to address all expenses when planning activities. Because of demand, requests may not be honored in all cases or at a level high enough to preclude the need for seeking support from additional sources.  

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