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The USI B/MD scholarship offers an opportunity for focused Pre-Medical students to earn a scholarship for their undergraduate studies while they receive the best access to pre-medical advising.

The purposes of the B/MD Scholarship are:

  • To increase the number of physicians providing medical services to residents of southwestern and southern Indiana.
  • To increase opportunities for Indiana residents, especially those in the southwestern and southern portions of the state, to obtain medical education and training at the Indiana University School of Medicine-Evansville.
  • To enhance the state's efforts in medical education, research, and services focusing on medical issues in Indiana.


Students eligible to apply to the scholarship must be residents of Indiana and meet the following criteria:

    • Must be a current High School Senior and Indiana resident at the time of application
    • Cumulative High School GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
    • A composite SAT score of 1280 or a composite ACT score of 27. No superscores are accepted for either test.


Applications for 2023 have now closed.

The online application will contain the following:

  • Personal Information, Academic Information and Activities

  • An essay discussing your interest in medicine and your long term goals in the profession of medicine

  • Three letters of recommendation (High school Counselor, High School Science Teacher and a Personal Reference from an unrelated individual (minister, employer etc.) who will complete an online evaluation form. The additional comments box is where the reference should paste his or her letter of recommendation. Please DO NOT send any paper copies of the letter of recommendation. These will not be accepted.

Deadlines to Remember

November 17, 2023
B/MD Scholarship Application and USI Admissions Application due

November 20, 2023, 12:00 pm Central
Supplemental application items due
(transcript, test scores, and letters of recommendation)

December 21, 2023
Interview invitations sent out

February 1-2, 2024
On-Campus Interviews

March 1, 2024
Notification of scholarship recipients

Selection Process

Students earning the scholarship will be independently accepted into the undergraduate program at the University of Southern Indiana and the medical degree program at Indiana University School of Medicine.

The following procedure will be followed:

  1. Applications will be sent to the B/MD Advisory Committee at the Indiana University School of Medicine-Evansville and the University of Southern Indiana. You must also submit an application for admission to the University of Southern Indiana. You will not be considered for the scholarship without having applied to USI.
  2. The B/MD advisory committee will arrange for qualified candidates to have an interview with members of that committee.
  3. Applications from selected qualified students will then be forwarded to the Admissions Committee of Indiana University School of Medicine.
  4. After successful completion of pre-medical coursework at USI, final selection and admission to the School of Medicine will be the responsibility of the Admissions Committee of Indiana University School of Medicine

Neither acceptance into the University of Southern Indiana nor a recommendation to forward the student’s application to the Admissions Committee of Indiana University School of Medicine guarantees acceptance by the School of Medicine. Selected students will have a provisional seat in Indiana University School of Medicine-Evansville.

Retention & Progression

Students awarded the B/MD scholarship must meet defined criteria to claim the provisional seat reserved in the Indiana University School of Medicine-Evansville. Those criteria are as follows:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 for the first 31 undergraduate hours and a cumulative GPA of 3.5/4.0 from 62 hours until Baccalaureate degree is completed.
  • Students must take the MCAT and obtain a score equal to the average of the previous year’s entering class at Indiana University School of Medicine.
  • Completion of required coursework including courses designed specifically for the B/MD program.
  • Completion of the AMCAS application and interview for the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Students may major in any field but must complete specified courses for this program and application to medical school. You can find more details about the B/MD in our scholarship guidelines. If a student fails to meet the above requirements, they will not be allowed to matriculate directly into the Indiana University School of Medicine-Evansville. The student may seek admission to the School of Medicine through normal pathways, including the interview.

Scholarship Support & Advising

Six students will be selected each year. The University of Southern Indiana will provide full tuition waivers for the undergraduate portion of the program, not to exceed eight academic semesters (scholarship guidelines). In addition students will be allowed to keep the David L. Rice scholarship.  

Each B/MD student will have funding available for undergraduate research projects.

If a student fails to maintain the required GPA, they will be dismissed from the program and their level of scholarship will drop back to the level of the departmental scholarship awarded upon application as a freshman at the University of Southern Indiana (assuming the student meets the minimum grade point average requirements for that scholarship).

The USI B/MD coordinator will advise the students with aid from the B/MD advisory committee.

Success Stories

Dr. Lexis Will '18

"I will forever be grateful for my time spent at USI as a BMD scholar. I felt so prepared to enter medical school thanks to the guidance and education from faculty, as well as the camaraderie and support from my fellow pre-medicine and BMD peers. The BMD scholarship helped streamline the process, and definitely lifted the financial burden associated with the educational commitment required to become a physician. I would absolutely recommend USI for anyone interested in pursuing a career in medicine."

Dr. Nathan Oakley '09

"The B/MD program was a great asset in my journey through medical education. The program allowed me to focus on education and personal growth without the worry and distraction regarding medical school acceptance. I also appreciated the camaraderie with fellow B/MD recipients throughout undergrad studies and medical school. I loved my time spent at USI...

Dr. Evan Stieler '17

"The USI Pre-medicine program provided me with the perfect environment to grow and realize my potential. The program’s low student-to-faculty ratio allowed me to be an active participant in class discussions, which created a more enjoyable learning environment that fostered greater comprehension. The courses in the program are designed to continually readdress important topics—seeing important material multiple times helped me solidify my understanding. In addition, my professors were always available and willing to address any confusion that I had about the material. My experience at USI deepened my love for biochemistry and prepared me exceptionally well for medical school. I could not have picked a better undergraduate institution than USI!"

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