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Returning and Non-traditional Student Scholarships

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

On Common Application imageAdult Outstanding Scholarship

Up to $1,000
Deadline: March 15

Motivated adult (30+) returning students with at least 12 credit hours and a minimum GPA of 3.3 in all courses since returning, who are working towards their first baccalaureate degree.

On Common Application imageJonathan A. Carter Memorial Scholarship

Up to $500
Deadline: March 15

This scholarship is designated for part-time returning and/or non-traditional male students who may not otherwise qualify for financial assistance. Students must exhibit qualities of caring for others, desire to succeed and a strong work ethic. Preference will be given to a student majoring in business. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

On Common Application imageSenior Academy Scholarship for Returning Students

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, for some reason, dropped out of college-level status for at least 3 years and are now planning to enroll at IUPUI in order to complete their first undergraduate degree. The applicant must not have enrolled in any college-level courses during the three years prior to enrolling at IUPUI. Applications will be reviewed and the awardee selected by the Senior Academy Scholarship Committee. Applicants must (1) meet regular re-admission requirements to IUPUI, (2) have had a grade point average of at least 2.00 on a 4.00 scale from previous college credits, and (3) agree to enroll for at least 6 credit hours per semester. The applicant must also submit 1 letter of recommendation and complete an essay on your academic goals, community service, and why your experience during your absence from school will enhance your successful completion of your academic goals.

Women's Rotary Club of Indianapolis Scholarship

Deadline: January 25

Non-traditional females returning after 3 years or more, enrolled at IUPUI for the academic year for education and preparation for re-entry into the job market and/or starting a new career are eligible to apply. Applicant must be 25 years or older. Contact Women’s Studies for more information at (317) 274-7611.

On Common Application imageAltrusa Scholarship

Deadline: March 15

The Altrusa Foundation of Indianapolis, Inc. Scholarship is open to full or part-time non-traditional adult students, ten or more years since high school, who have completed at least 42 credit hours with a minimum 2.7 GPA and who are in good academic standing. Applicants must be seeking a certificate or under-graduate degree and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of Central Indiana (Marion and its 8 surrounding counties). The selection is based on financial need and academic potential. The scholarship will be awarded for educational expenses as appropriate according to student need. Applicants must show proof of financial need as defined by the FAFSA. Students must submit the IUPUI Continuing Student Scholarship Application (Available every October via Onestart), Altrusa essays, transcript, and two letters of recommendation. The Selection Committee will award the Scholarship prior to the fall semester.

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

Diversity Scholars Research Program (DSRP)

Full (In-state) Tuition* & Fees per academic year
Deadline: February 15th (fall admission to IUPUI and application)
Application: COMING SOON

First Year, Returning or Transfer Students: Incoming non-traditional freshmen, returning or transfer students with less than 12 credit hours may apply if they were in the top 25% of their graduating class with at least a minimum highest composite score of 1070 Old SAT (Math + Critical Reading) or 23 ACT score. Additional requirements: cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or higher with at least a B grade in all math and science courses and a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent resident. At least two (2) letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a math or science teacher. Returning or transfer students with more than 12 credit hours may apply if enrolled full-time with a minimum 25 credit hours completed and minimum cumulative 3.3 GPA 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 directed toward academically talented first-time or incoming transfer students. Scholars who contribute to the overall diversity of the IUPUI campus and wish to pursue research in an academic setting are encouraged to apply. DSRP has an academic and summer component.

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 applicants’ qualifications. These highly competitive awards are given to students in a variety of IUPUI majors/disciplines.

Please visit this link for the program contact and additional information:

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

Olaniyan Scholars Program

Full (In-state) Tuition* per academic year
Deadline: February 15th (fall admission to IUPUI and application)
Application: COMING SOON

Incoming IUPUI Students: Classified freshmen or sophomores by the university, in the fall of the year entering the program, may apply if they 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 bachelor’s 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 student’s 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.