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.
  • Ckitchen.com Scholarship—a $5,000 scholarship for students pursuing degrees with an emphasis on applied sciences. To be considered, students must satisfy eligibility requirements and be US citizens or permanent residents with a minimum GPA of 3.0 enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited college or university. Application deadlines are August 20, 2019 (for fall 2019) and December 20, 2019 (for spring 2020).
  • 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
  • ISU Credit Union Scholarship—three $2,000 scholarships will be awarded for the 2019-2020 school year. The scholarships are eligible for annual renewal, up to four years, allowing recipients to potentially receive a maximum amount of $8,000 in scholarships over the course of their collegiate years. Applications are available to ISU Credit Union members intending to enroll or are already enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree program at either Indiana State University or Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. The total amount of $2,000 will be distributed in $1,000 increments each semester. The stipend will be made payable to the institution to cover tuition, books, and/or fees. Applications will be available soon in the ISU Credit Union lobby or on their website.
  • Kidguard for Education Scholarship Programs for Universities—multiple scholarships ranging from $500-$1,000 for undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at an accredited university or college. The deadline is ongoing (annual) every October 31st.
  • 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
  • Scholarships & Grants for Hispanic Students—this resource features scholarship and grant opportunities for Hispanic students.
  • Scottsdale Recovery Center Humanitarian Scholarship—a $1,500 scholarship for one higher education student. To be considered, students must submit a 500-word essay revealing how these funds will help in their personal quest for higher learning. The deadline to apply for the Fall 2019 scholarship is September 15, 2019.
  • 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
  • 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.

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