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Continuing Student Scholarships General Information

IUPUI has long awarded scholarships to both incoming and continuing students in recognition of their academic achievement, leadership and community service. This listing contains information intended for current IUPUI students, transfer students and students returning to IUPUI. New, incoming freshman students are encouraged to read the listing provided about Freshman Scholarships on this website. Eligibility is based on academic merit, although some scholarships also consider financial need. These need-based scholarships require that the student file the FAFSA ( For information on the FAFSA and/or more detailed information on financial aid other than what is provided in this brochure, please see the IUPUI financial aid website at

This list is only a partial list of general and major-specific scholarships that are available at IUPUI. We encourage you to contact your academic school and/or department to inquire about scholarship opportunities within their areas. Private sector scholarship opportunities are also a viable funding resource for IUPUI students. Try free scholarship searching databases such as and

Taxes and Scholarships

Students receiving combinations of scholarships that exceed tuition and fees (direct costs) may need to consult with IRS publications #520 and #508 on tax liability for the difference. Please see the IRS website for downloadable copies for more information. (The Scholarship Office cannot provide information on tax advising.)

Continuing Student Scholarships & Financial Aid at IUPUI

Financial Need-Based Scholarships & Grants

Please note that On Common Application imageindicates that the scholarship can be applied for using the general Current IUPUI Scholarship application.

On Common Application imageJesse H. & Beulah Chanley Cox Scholarship

Up to 75% of Cost of Attendance (renewable up to three years)
Deadline: April 1st

The Indiana University Foundation is pleased to offer a scholarship for working students through the generosity of Jesse H. and Beulah Chanley Cox.

Applicants must be:

  • Enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student (carrying 12 or more credit hours) on the IUPUI campus.
  • Pursuing their first undergraduate degree.
  • Maintaining a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • A U.S. citizen and resident of the state of Indiana.
  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to funding their own education by working to contribute at least 25% of the standard cost of attendance.
  • A sophomore, junior or senior upon receipt of the scholarship.

To be recommended to apply to the Cox Scholarship, you must submit an IUPUI 2017-18 online general scholarship application first and then search recommended scholarships to apply to this opportunity.

**Please note that PE Majors are not eligible to receive this scholarship**

For more information about the Cox Scholarship, please contact Eric Steinfort.

On Common Application imageMcCracken Assist Scholarship

Up to $1,000
Deadline: March 15

This scholarship was created to assist single, custodial parents at IUPUI pursuing their first undergraduate degree to help them meet educational goals by providing assistance with educational expenses. This scholarship is financial need-based, although academic progress and potential are considered as well. Students must have applied for financial aid and must have financial need as determined by the FAFSA and the Office of Student Financial Aid Services. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and/or permanent residents who are also Indiana residents. To be eligible, applicants must have completed at least 9 credit hours at IUPUI with a minimum 2.75 GPA within the last year.

Nina Mason Pulliam Scholars Program

Financial support toward the cost of attendance for up to six years

Deadline: March 1

The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust established the Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars program in tribute to the life and values of Nina Mason Pulliam. The Nina Scholars Program is committed to providing academic support and resources to students who have traditionally had difficulty gaining access to higher education. Students must meet one of the following criteria to apply:

  • An adult who has dependents in the family unit
  • An adult with physical disabilities
  • A young adult with a history of abuse or neglect, a lack of effective family support or experience in public foster care

Applicants must be: admitted to IUPUI; be a U.S. citizen and resident of Indiana; have previously completed no more than 30 degree-applicable credit hours; be working toward their first college degree and demonstrate financial need as determined by FAFSA. Priority is given to those with a household income of 80% or less of the median income for a family of three for Marion County, Indiana (approximately $49,050 annually).

For more information and to apply:
Charlie Johnson, Director of Scholar Support Programs (317) 278-7878 or

On Common Application imageWelfare Service League Scholarship

Deadline: March 15

The Marion County Office of Family and Children awards students who receive services provided by their office. If you currently receive services through the Foster Parent Program or Child Welfare Program, you are encouraged to apply. You must be a current IUPUI student pursuing your first undergraduate degree, have a 3.0 GPA and be registered for at least 6 credit hours. You must also provide proof of your receipt of service (i.e your EBT card with name, a letter from a caseworker, etc.).

Hoosier Family Scholarship

Amount varies up to $2,000 and is not automatically renewable

Deadline: April 1st

This scholarship is for current undergraduates in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) or related major with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, who are residents of Indiana and show financial need as defined by the FAFSA. Students must have a FAFSA on file by March 10th to have their financial need considered. Awardees are expected to enroll full-time and submit a letter of appreciation to an influential mentor who significantly made a difference in their life.

RISE Scholarships

IUPUI Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

IUPUI is committed to helping students learn as much outside the classroom as in it. RISE is an initiative that encourages undergraduates to incorporate at least two of the four RISE-designated experiences: Research, International, Service-learning and Experiential-learning into their degree programs. RISE experiences provide: skills, knowledge and real-world opportunities that are highly prized by employers and establish a foundation for future leaders. The IUPUI Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is pleased to offer RISE Scholarships and invite eligible students to apply. Please review the application for deadlines and requirements: RISE Scholarship Application PHST.

Kelley School of Business

The application for the Mays Family RISE Scholarship for Men is now available. Apply by November 1 and the scholarship will be awarded for the spring semester.

  • Student must be a male
  • Student must be registered in a course which has a R-I-S-E designation
  • Student must be enrolled fulltime in the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI
  • Student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Special consideration will be given to underrepresented populations, including but not limited to financially challenged students, and/or students with diverse cultural experiences.

*Student can only receive 1 (one) R-I-S-E award during their academic career at IUPUI.

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General Scholarships

On Common Application imageIndiana Members Credit Union Scholarship

Deadline: March 15

Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale and complete an essay. Preference will be given to applicants who are a current member or have a parent or guardian that is a current member of Indiana Members Credit Union. The recipients must maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average based on a 4.0 grading scale throughout the academic year of which the Scholarship is made. Two undergraduate students will be awarded from University College each year.

IU Alumni Association Scholarship

Up to $1,000
Deadline: April 3rd

For students whose parents are dues-paid members of the IU Alumni Association. Applications available at IUPUI Alumni Office, Conference Center IP241 or call (317) 274-4555. Applications are also available at:

Central Indiana Chapter of the IUAA Scholarship

$1,000 and $2,000
Deadline:  January 30

The Central Indiana Chapter of the IU Alumni Association created a scholarship program to recognize the accomplishments and financial need of Chapter area residents. A total of five scholarships for the 2009-10 academic year will be awarded, four in the amount of $1,000 each and one in the amount of $2,000 (IUAA President’s Award presented by the CICIUAA), to undergraduate and/or graduate students from Marion, Hamilton, Hancock, or Hendricks counties who will be attending any campus of Indiana University.  The application form is available at

On Common Application imageSenior Academy General Scholarship

Up to $3,000
Deadline: March 15, admission and application

The Senior Academy at IUPUI has established a scholarship program designed to partially support tuition and books for students who are graduating seniors who expect to graduate with a baccalaureate degree at the end of the spring semester. Applications will be reviewed and the awardee selected by the Senior Academy Scholarship Awards Committee. Applicants (1) must be in good academic standing at IUPUI, (2) will have successfully completed at least 90 credit hours prior to the semester the student is to receive funding, (3) have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale, and (4) agree to enroll during the fall-spring semesters for the number of credit hours required to graduate at the end of the spring semester but for no less than a total of 20 credit hours during the last year. The applicant must also submit two letters of recommendation from current or former college level instructors and complete an essay on your academic goals, how you are achieving them, community service, and your plans after receiving your baccalaureate degree.

Community Service Scholarships

On Common Application imageRotaract Altruism Scholarship in Honor of John Henry Weidner

$1,500 non-renewable Deadline: March 15

This scholarship is awarded to an IUPUI student who exemplifies the spirit of altruism: unselfish concern for the welfare of others. It is named in honor of John Henry Weidner who displayed great altruism in assisting over 1,000 innocent people during WWII who were fleeing from Nazi persecution along the French-Dutch border. In addition to this application, candidates for the award may be asked to submit a supplemental application, and finalists will be interviewed. This scholarship is funded by the Weidner Foundation through contributions of local Rotarians and others. The recipient will be chosen by the John Weidner Scholarship Committee: a panel of Rotaract Club officers, advisers, and others designated by Rotaract.

Alternative Break Trip Leaders

The goal of an Alternative Breaks Trip Leader (ABTL) at IUPUI is to be fully engaged in the planning and implementation of a quality Alternative Spring Break trip. This experience is designed to promote continued learning for both the Trip Leader and their participants while, at the same time, broadening individual leadership skills and perspectives. Trip Leaders are responsible for all aspects of planning the alternative break, managing group process, and leading the trip participants through service, education, and reflection.
Scholarship amounts may vary, for a full description of the scholarship program, how to apply, and application deadlines please visit the Center For Service Learning Website

America Reads/America Counts Team Leader Scholarships

America Reads*America Counts (AR*AC) Team Leaders work closely with their Site Supervisors to lead a team of AR*AC coaches at their site. Team Leaders: . Serve as liaisons between their tutoring site and IUPUI . Work closely with site supervisors, site staff, and teachers to schedule coaches with students . Communicate regularly with site and IUPUI staff . Assist coaches with questions and problem resolution as needed . Plan and implement a service learning project at their site (with guidance from the Team Leader Advisor at IUPUI) . Assist the Team Leader Advisor and Site Supervisors with general program monitoring. Students are selected based on their previous tutoring experience, their commitment to serving the Indianapolis community, and their demonstration of leadership ability. Scholarship amounts may vary, for a full description of the scholarship program, how to apply, and application deadlines please visit the Center For Service Learning Website.

Community Partner Scholarships

The Community Partner Scholarship (CPS) is a service-based scholarship program in which IUPUI scholars serve as campus liaisons to the Near West and West Indianapolis communities.
The scholars engage in projects and activities to assist in furthering the goals of the Near West and West Indianapolis Quality of Life plans while also serving as student advocates for civic engagement on the IUPUI campus. Students are selected based on their commitment to service and interest and ability to be engaged in community development and community organizing.
Scholarship amounts may vary, for a full description of the scholarship program, how to apply, and application deadlines please visit the Center For Service Learning Website.

ServiceCorps Scholarships

ServiceCorps Scholars provide campus-wide educationally meaningful service events (Jaguars in the Streets Service Events) for our IUPUI community. Scholars represent IUPUI to the nonprofit community and lead IUPUI students in completing service projects. ServiceCorps Scholars lead team-building exercises, manage on-site service activities, and lead volunteers in discussions about social issue education and reflection. ServiceCorps Scholars also serve as site leaders for the other campus wide days of service.
Scholarship amounts may vary, for a full description of the scholarship program, how to apply, and application deadlines please visit the Center For Service Learning Website.

Community Service Leaders

Community Service Leaders (CSLs) are responsible for the planning of campus wide community service and civic engagement events and the mentoring of other Sam H. Jones Community Service Scholars.
The program is designed to identify leaders that are best suited for leading specific events and programs based upon their knowledge, skills, expertise, and interests. For more information about each CSL position, click here. Scholarship amounts may vary, for a full description of the scholarship program, how to apply, and application deadlines please visit the Center For Service Learning Website.

Fugate Scholarship Program

The Fugate Scholarship began in the October of 2006 in honor of the late Daniel Fugate, a Near West community and public school advocate, as part of a larger Learning Communities Initiative at George Washington Community High School (GWCHS). Fugate Scholars implement various college preparatory curricula to students in grades 5-12 at GWCHS and neighboring elementary schools.
Students committing to service at GWCHS must be available at least one weekday (or a combination of days) from 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Students committing to service at one of the elementary schools must be available to serve at least one weekday (or a combination of days) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Scholarship amounts may vary, for a full description of the scholarship program, how to apply, and application deadlines please visit the Center For Service Learning Website.

Social Justice Scholars Scholarship

The Social Justice Scholar program is designed to provide students with a passionate for social issues the opportunity to develop programs and events based on their knowledge, skills, and interests. Each year, IUPUI Social Justice Education awards as many as seventeen scholarships to dedicated students.

Students are selected based on their commitment to social justice and interest in making IUPUI a welcoming place for all students. Scholars are assigned to one of seven programs:

  • Democracy Plaza: Responsible for creating thought provoking questions in the Campus Center and Business breezeway
  • Pass the Mic: Responsible for large scale forums on current issues and events that create a discussion space on campus
  • Speak OUT: Responsible for planning spoken word and open mic events that focus on social justice issues
  • Shop Talk: Responsible for facilitating dialogues with a co-facilitator on various social justice topics
  • Indy Immersion: An alternative break trip highlighting histories of marginalized Indianapolis communities.
  • Social Justice Symposium: A day-long conference for IUPUI students, faculty, and staff to exchange knowledge about social justice issues.
  • Hash It Out: A student-led podcast bringing people from opposing views together to discuss current social issues.

For a full description of the scholarship program, how to apply, and application deadlines please visit

Service Learning Assistant Program

As part of the Sam H. Jones Community Service Scholarship Program, Service Learning Assistant (SLA) scholarships are available to recognize IUPUI students who have been selected by faculty or professional staff to support community engaged faculty work in teaching, research and service. SLAs may assist their faculty/staff mentor:

    in the design/implementation of a service learning class,
    conducting a community-engaged research project,
    supporting capacity building for the expansion of service learning within a campus department or unit, or
    implementing a professional service project in and with the community.

Unlike other service scholarships at IUPUI, faculty and staff complete the Service Learning Assistant scholarship application and then select a student to contribute to the faculty/staff members' civic engagement project. Please note that SLA scholarships are granted to support faculty/staff projects, not independent student research projects. Eligible undergraduate students who wish to serve as an SLA are as follows:

    Having completed at least 15 credit hours at IUPUI.
    Carry at least a 2.75 grade point average.
    Enroll in and complete at least 9 credit hours at IUPUI/IUPUC during the semester in which they receive the SLA scholarship.

If you are interested in becoming an SLA, talk to faculty/staff in your department or with whom you have taken classes to learn which faculty/staff may have an active interest in civic engagement and be in need of an SLA. Some faculty/staff may be engaged in projects and need student assistance but not know that these scholarship funds are available so go armed with information. To learn more about the Service Learning Assistant Program or to direct a faculty/staff member to the application, visit the Center For Service Learning Website.

Diversity Scholarships

Norman Brown Diversity & Leadership Program (NBDLSP)

$5,000 per academic year
Deadline: February 1st (Admission to IUPUI and NBDLSP Application)
Application: NBDLSP Website

Must be permanent US residents or US citizens.

First Year Students: Must meet IUPUI regular admission requirements and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.

Additionally, applicants must submit with their application:

  • Official high school and/or college transcript(s).
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one from a teacher/faculty member)
  • Personal essay response - double-spaced, typed, and no longer than three complete pages

This program is an integral part of IUPUI's efforts to foster the benefits of educational diversity, in part by ensuring a critical mass of students from underrepresented diverse backgrounds with a history of discrimination. As such, during the application process, positive considerations are given to students from underrepresented diverse backgrounds and whose presence will enhance the learning environment through increased diversity at IUPUI. Additional consideration is also given to students with significant financial need as defined by the FAFSA. For more information please visit Norman Brown Scholars Program or contact Danielle Tate, at (317) 274-6534 or

Please note that On Common Application imageindicates that the scholarship can be applied for using the general Current IUPUI Scholarship application.

The Olaniyan Scholars Program

Full (In-state) Tuition* per academic year
Deadline: Deadline: February 15th
Application: COMING SOON

Current IUPUI Students: Classified freshmen or sophomores by the university, in the fall of the year entering the program, may apply if they continue to meet regular admission requirements to enroll at IUPUI and who have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and community/civic engagement. Additional requirements: minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher and a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent resident. At least two (2) letters of recommendation, one of which should address academic performance or aptitude and at least one letter should address extracurricular and/or community service activities. The program is open to students of all academic majors, races, nationalities, and backgrounds. Preference will be given to students underrepresented in higher education. Applicants must also be working toward their first bachelorís degree.

The Olaniyan (Oh-LAWN-eee-yawn) Scholars Program promotes the development of undergraduate research and professional experience through African American and African Diaspora Studies (AAADS), or the study of African peoples still living in Africa and those populations scattered around the globe since slavery and colonization.

Students admitted to the program enter into a highly structured course of study (facilitated through the African American and African Diaspora Studies program) focusing on the lives, history, traditions, interests, and communities of people of African descent. Working with a faculty mentor, scholars conduct research, enroll in specially-designed academic courses, and participate in community internship learning opportunities, expanding their studies beyond the boundaries of the classroom to provide a meaningful and practical way to gain professional experience.

The program is highly selective and yet very supportive of student goals. Once each studentís interests and major are identified, the program is customized to enable each scholar to optimize their academic, professional, and career goals. Throughout their years of eligibility, each scholar is not only mentored and supported within the program, but also works under the guidance and mentoring of a faculty member in their chosen area of study. Together the scholar and their faculty mentor design and work on a research project throughout the academic year. Scholars also gain valuable experience, not only as researchers, but in presenting their work at a conference and/or student research forum. Additionally, scholars participate in community internships in partnership with organizations working to enrich, support, uplift, and encourage African and African American populations in Indianapolis. These internships are crafted to fit student needs and interests.

Please visit this link for detailed scholarship program application information: olaniyan/how_to_apply. Contact the Olaniyan Scholars director, Dr. Ronda C. Henry, at (317) 278-0885 or for program questions or information.

*Out-of-state students must make special arrangements to cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition costs.

Diversity Scholars Research Program (DSRP)

Full (In-state) Tuition* & Fees per academic year
Deadline: Deadline: March 1st (fall admission to IUPUI and application)
Application: Apply Now!

Current IUPUI Students: Rising sophomore or junior IUPUI undergraduates may apply if enrolled full-time with a minimum 25 credit hours completed and minimum cumulative 3.3 GPA at IUPUI by end of spring semester during which the application is being made. Additional requirements: have at least 2 remaining years (4 academic semesters) of study at IUPUI and a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent resident.

Students from racial and ethnic populations who have been historically underrepresented in institutions of higher education in Indiana and whose presence will enhance the learning environment through increased diversity at IUPUI are encouraged to apply. A scholar may continue in the program for up to 2 years by maintaining a cumulative 3.0 GPA.

The IUPUI Diversity Scholars Research Program (DSRP) is a performance based scholarship directed toward academically talented first-time or incoming transfer students. Scholars from racial and ethnic populations who have been historically underrepresented in institutions of higher education and whose presence will enhance the learning environment through increased diversity at IUPUI are encouraged to apply. Please visit this link for the program contact and program information:

*Out-of-state students must make special arrangements to cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition costs.

Participants in the program are members of a community of undergraduate students who benefit from individual support, research activities, and scholarship funding that leads to graduation with a four-year degree. Priority is given to incoming high school students, although continuing IUPUI students may also apply. Awards are based on availability and applicantsí qualifications. These highly competitive awards are given to students in a variety of IUPUI majors/disciplines.

Please contact Tonya Shelton or visit the following website for questions and further information:

*Out-of-state students must make special arrangements to cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition costs.

On Common Application imageSindoqua Scholarship for Native Americans

Up to $1,000
Deadline: March 15

Preference for this award will be given to Native American Women. The successful applicants will be enrolled with a tribe native, or once native, to the state of Indiana. Priority will be given to members of the Miami, Potawatomi, Shawnee, Wea, Kickapoo, Ottawa, Chippewa, Delaware or Mohican tribes (tribes do not need to be federally recognized), who can verify the enrollment of the applicant. Other members enrolled with any recognized tribes in the United States or Canada are also welcome to apply.
Acceptable Verification of Eligibility for this award includes:

  • A CDIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) issued by the U. S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
  • A tribal identity card issued by the student's sovereign tribal nation.
  • A certificate of tribal identity issued by the student's sovereign tribal nation.
  • A certified letter from the student's sovereign tribal nation indicating the student's active enrollment,

*Please note that the tribal nation MUST have or had a treaty with the U. S. at some point. There is a listing available on the U. S. BIA website at:

Leadership Scholarships

On Common Application imageCharles O. McGaughey Leadership Award

Up to $2,000
Deadline: March 15

This leadership award was established to recognize students who have demonstrated leadership abilities and an appreciation of basic American values through a record of achievement in community services or service to IUPUI. Juniors and seniors with a 3.5 GPA in academic work are eligible to apply. Preference is given to students in Liberal Arts, Science and Business.

OTEAM Orientation and First Year Seminars

What's OTEAM?

The OTEAM is a group of undergraduate students who lead the summer orientation programs and mentor the first year seminar courses during the fall semester. OTEAM members receive a scholarship for their service to the campus community. In order to be eligible for the OTEAM Leadership Scholarship you must meet the following:

  • Must be a current undergraduate student at IUPUI.
  • Applicant must be currently enrolled at IUPUI.
  • Must have completed 12 credit hours at IUPUI.
  • Must have a 2.8 GPA and be in good standing with the University.
  • Possess positive communication and teamwork skills.
  • Be creative and have personal initiative.
  • Be willing to work with a diverse group of people.
  • Have a desire to interact with students, families, faculty and staff.

Mentoring First Year Seminars

First Year Seminar mentors are members of the course instructional team, which consist of: a faculty member, advisor, librarian, and the student mentor. The mentor’s role is to present themselves as a model student. The mentor helps introduce students to resources, expectations, successful academic habits and the campus community. During the fall semester mentors must:

  • Be able to commit an average of 5 hours a week to the First Year Seminar Course (including time in class).
  • Actively present and participate in the First Year Seminar course.
  • Attend all training programs during your scholarship term.
  • Participate in all scholarship related activities and meetings.
  • Enroll in an UCOL mentoring class, which is covered by the scholarship.

Applications now available at Orientation O-Team Website.

International Student Scholarship Opportunities

International Student Grant

Deadline: March 15 (Fall semester)
October 15 (Spring semester)

The International Student Grant program provides scholarships to international undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students who have a strong academic record and who are experiencing severe financial hardship. Award amounts vary. The student must hold F-1 or J-1 student visa status, be assessed tuition at the out-of-state rate, and have completed at least two semesters of full-time coursework at IUPUI at the time the award begins. For more information, contact the Office of International Affairs at (317) 274-7000 or

Attention: International Students

Some IUPUI scholarships do require U.S. citizenship and/or Indiana residency, as well as financial need as defined by the FAFSA. If, however, international students meet the eligibility criteria for any other scholarships listed in this brochure that do not have the above requirements, then you are invited to apply. Depending on your academic major, you may also be eligible to apply for other scholarships within your academic department.

Note: International student scholarships may be subject to U.S. tax; completing the University's International Tax Questionnaire will ensure that any required tax is withheld at the lowest rate possible. For more information contact the IUPUI Office of International Affairs at (317) 274-7000 or

For more information on International Student Opportunities for funding, please visit

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