Outside Scholarships

In addition to scholarships offered by Indiana State University and the Indiana State University Foundation, a variety of awards and scholarships are offered by outside sources, including state, regional, and national organizations. Students who have been awarded outside scholarships should follow these procedures for reporting outside scholarships to Indiana State University.

Listed below are resources that may be helpful in locating and applying for outside scholarships.

  • Adult Student Grant—a $2,000 grant to help Hoosier adults with some college finish what they started. This grant, which is offered by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, exists to assist students who are starting or completing an associate's degree, bachelor's degree, or certificates. To be eligible, students must be Indiana residents, be financially independent and demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA, and meet any other minimum criteria established by the Commission. The scholarship is first come, first serve and students must have the FAFSA and the application complete to reserve a spot.
  • Bridging the Dream Scholarship for Graduate Students – The Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program for Graduate Students is a partnership between the Sallie Mae and Thurgood Marshall College Funds that helps outstanding students from minority and other historically underserved communities attend graduate school. Grad students who are facing financial challenges may apply to receive up to a $10,000 scholarship to help them pay for their graduate or professional degree program. Students must be enrolled at least part time at an accredited post-secondary institution, be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551, and meet other eligibility requirements. See the website for more details.
  • College Without Debt—a guide on how to help college students and their families pay for college and find the right scholarships and loans. This guide is offered by AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org
  • Huggable Supermom Scholarship—a $2,000 scholarship for undergraduate and graduate students who have been impacted by a single mom or who are a single mom themselves. The application deadlines are June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2021. For further information and to apply visit the Huggable website.
  • Open Education Database: African-American Grants—to help bridge funding gaps, the college planning experts at OEDB.org developed a list of scholarships and grants specifically for African-American students. This resource provides context for how students can best take advantage of available resources while offering a listing of 15 scholarship and grant opportunities.
  • OEDb-Open Education Database—this resource, which was developed by college planning experts at OEDB.org,, includes an extensive list of grants for various student groups. The goal is to provide context for how students can best take advantage of available resources while keeping college affordable. Visit the following links for further information.
    -  Federal Grants
    -  Need-Based Grants
    -  Getting Grants for Graduate School
    -  Grants for Women
    -  National SMART Grant
  • Owen County Community Foundation Scholarships—information on scholarships and grants for graduating seniors. Most of the scholarships listed require Owen County residency, however, several scholarships have broader residency requirements.
  • PixelPlex Bi-Annual STEM Scholarship—a $2,000 scholarship to help support students pursuing education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), economics, or business. To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and meet other eligibility requirements. Deadlines are June 5, 2021 and December 5, 2021 (bi-annually).
  • Scholarships & Grants for Hispanic Students—this resource features scholarship and grant opportunities for Hispanic students.
  • STEM Scholarship Guide—Tips for Finding and Applying for Scholarships to Fund Your STEM Education
  • Students with Disabilities Scholarships and Financial Aid—this guide focuses on financial aid scholarships opportunities for students with disabilities and discusses how to take advantage of these opportunities. This guide is offered by AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org
  • Tri Kappa Scholarship—Beta Rho, the Gary-Merrillville-Winfield chapter of Tri Kappa, is seeking candidates for local scholarship awards. To be eligible, an applicant must have graduated from Andrean, Boone Grove, Crown Point, Merrillville, or one of the Gary High Schools and be a sophomore or higher level student enrolled full-time in an accredited college pursuing a bachelor or higher degree. Interested candidates must have a 3.6 minimum GPA and demonstrate potential within their chosen career field. Additional state scholarships are available in the areas of academics, fine arts and music. A key scholarship is available to individuals with at least a five-year gap in their education and no other undergraduate degree. The deadline for submitted completed application packets is Feb 1, 2022. For scholarship packet and more information, please email scholarship@betarhotrikappa.org
  • UPS FlightPath Internships— UPS Airlines is accepting applications for interns in their UPS FlightPath Program. Successful candidates who complete a 12-month, paid internship are able to continue in the UPS FlightPath Program at Ameriflight, the world’s largest part 135 cargo airline, which can lead to a guaranteed First Officer interview at UPS Airlines. For further information and to submit an application, visit the FlightPath Program.
  • U.S. Department of Education Grants—a grant is a type of student aid that is essentially free money. Unlike a student loan, a grant doesn’t need to be paid back unless a student violates a condition of the grant, such as if they withdraw from school. There are numerous federal college grants available for a wide variety of students. The U.S. Department of Education offers four types of grants: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant for students who plan on becoming teachers in a high-need field in a low-income school. Also available is an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant for students whose parent or guardian died as a result of military services in Iraq or Afghanistan.