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Top scholarships expanded

October 15, 2008

Indiana State University has revised its academic achievement scholarship program with an eye toward attracting even more talented students and expanding its developing honors program.

Major changes include increasing the number of President's Scholarships, the university's top award, and the creation of a new University Honors Scholarship.

"Indiana State University has made great strides in attracting more talented students who recognize the value of the real-world education they receive from ISU's outstanding researchers and educators," said John Beacon, vice president for enrollment management, marketing and communications. "Our revised scholarships, combined with an exciting new University Honors program, send a strong message that Indiana State is serious about attracting the best and brightest students from Indiana and the Midwest."

Beginning in fall 2009, Indiana State will offer 20 President's Scholarships (compared with 15 in prior years), with each award valued at $15,000 per year. A total of 80 University Honors Scholarships will be awarded at $4,500 annually, replacing the 30 former President's Academic Excellence scholarships, as well as the Indiana Top Scholars and Sycamore Scholars awards.

Candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale and a combined SAT score of 1100 (critical reading and math) or higher or a composite ACT score of 24 or above. Selection is highly competitive and based on a writing sample, problem solving, and individual interviews. To be eligible for the President's and University Honors Scholarships, students must apply to Indiana State and be admitted by December 1, and attend one of two on-campus competitions in January and February.

Also new for 2009 is a $4,000 per year award toward the cost of room and board for 21st Century Scholars with a minimum 3.7 GPA and an SAT score of at least 1050. Another new award is the Illinois Students Scholarship which will enable eligible students to attend Indiana State at a cost equal to 125 percent of in-state tuition. The Illinois Student Scholarship replaces the former Southeastern Illinois Waiver that covered only 20 of Illinois' 102 counties.

"Many Illinois students who grew up with Terre Haute as the place to go for shopping and entertainment have found Indiana State an attractive option for their higher education. The new Illinois Student Scholarship makes ISU more affordable to students from throughout the state, including the Chicago metropolitan area," Beacon said. "Students from some of Chicago's suburbs may find that a former classmate already attends ISU."

To be eligible for the Illinois Student Scholarship, students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

The value of another popular award, the Dean's Scholarship, has been increased to $2,500 for 2009-10. The Dean's Scholarship is open to students with a grade point average of at least 3.5 who are admitted by Feb. 1.

In addition to the new and revised scholarships, Indiana State has established a free-standing Scholarship Office, located inside the Welcome Center at Erickson Hall.

"The Scholarship Office is a resource for new and returning students, parents and others. We're here to answer questions, guide students and parents toward the most appropriate scholarships and help make college more affordable," said Sarah Wurtz, associate director of admissions, who serves as office administrator.

Many other Indiana State University scholarships remain unchanged for 2009. Other popular competitive scholarships include:

--Creative and Performing Arts Award, valued at $2,000 per year, is awarded following an audition, portfolio review, and/or an interview. Eligible students must be admitted by March 1.--Gongaware Scholarships, for prospective business majors, are valued at $6,500 per year. Students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and a minimum SAT score of 1500 (all three sections combined) or minimum ACT score of 21. Students must be admitted to ISU by December 1.--Networks Scholarships, for prospective business majors, are valued at the full cost of in-state tuition plus a $3,000 professional development account. Applicants must have a minimum 3.25 GPA and a minimum SAT score of 1000 (critical reading and math) or a minimum ACT score of 21. Students must be admitted to ISU by December 1st. Scholarship application deadline is December 1.--Rural Health Scholarships, for prospective pre-medicine majors, covers full in-state tuition and is a joint program of Indiana State University and the Indiana University School of Medicine. Students must be admitted to ISU by December 1. Scholarship application deadline is November 15.--Warren M. Anderson Scholarship, valued at $1,200 per year, is awarded to selected students with a minimum 2.75 GPA who demonstrate financial need.

Selective scholarships, for which eligible students must be admitted by March 1, include a Summer Honors Scholarship, a one-time award of $1,000 for those who complete ISU's summer program for talented high school students; the Hoosier Boys and Girls State Award, a one-time amount of $1,200 for those who complete summer exercise in democracy programs sponsored by the Indiana American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary; and the ISU Laptop Award, which provides a business-grade laptop computer to entering students with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Indiana State also offers an Incentive Scholarship for students from outside Indiana and neighboring Illinois who have a 3.0 GPA or higher. The admission deadline for the Incentive Scholarship is June 1.

ISU remains committed to helping students find ways to make their higher education more affordable, Beacon said. During the 2006-07 school year, 77 percent of full-time undergraduate students received financial aid of some type. The average need-based award for the year was more than $5,200. For more information about Indiana State University scholarships and other available financial assistance, visit the Office of Admissions' Web page at www.indstate.edu/admissions, or call 1-800-GO-TO-ISU.

Contact: Sarah Wurtz, associate director of admissions, Indiana State University, 812-237-3969 or swurtz@isugw.indstate.edu  

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications & Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu

Story Highlights

Indiana State University has revised its scholarship program with an eye toward attracting even more talented students and expanding its developing honors program. Major changes include increasing the number of President's Scholarships, the university's top award, and creation of a new University Honors Scholarship.

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