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.
  • Big Berkey Water Filter Annual Scholarship—a $1,000 scholarship based on a winning essay speaking to the evolving problem of declining water quality and suggesting potential solutions. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and must be attending college in the 2019-2020 academic year. Scholarship funds must be used to pay for qualified expenses, including tuition, books and on-campus room and board. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2019.
  • Carefree of Colorado Happy Trails Scholarship—a $1,000 annual, essay-based scholarship. Applications are currently being accepted. The deadline for submissions is June 22, 2019. Please note that student information will not be sold to third parties, and there is no fee or credit card information needed for applicants to submit. For further information and requirements, visit www.carefreeofcolorado.com/scholarship
  • 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
  • “Improving Senior Living” Scholarship—a $1,000 scholarship open to any students in any major, although this scholarship is ideal for students enrolled in any health care major including but not limited to: nursing, physical therapy, dental hygiene, health care administration, health sciences, pre-med, and speech language pathology. Also open to high school students with an acceptance letter to a college or university.  Deadline is October 17, 2018.
  • 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.
  • Murse World Scholarship—a $1,000 scholarship awarded to a student pursuing a degree in a medical field such as therapy, nursing, medicine, nutrition, laboratory science, and dentistry. To be considered, students must satisfy eligibility requirements including submission of a 500-word essay stating how they plan to make the world a better place through their career in the medical field. The deadline is December 15th, 2018. 
  • National CPR Association Scholarship—this scholarship program is open to all college students who are currently enrolled in a nationally accredited institution providing medical education. They simply have to submit an essay outlining a past experience with lifesaving techniques or how to use these techniques in a future lifesaving situation. The deadline is April 30, 2019.
  • Newsome Melton $1,500 Student Leadership Scholarship—a scholarship to recognize student leaders and to help them get an education that will allow them to continue their efforts to make a difference in their communities. The application deadline is December 15, 2018.
  • 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
  • Profisee Computer and Management Information Systems Scholarship—$1,000 scholarship to help students interested in MIS, Computer Engineering, or similar field attend college. Eligible students must apply and submit a 500 word essay by November 1, 2018.
  • Rotary Global Grant Scholarship—a $40,000 scholarship for graduate study at a university outside North America, starting with the 2019-2020 academic year. To be eligible for consideration, the student must maintain a residence in Southern Indiana or attend classes at a university in the District. In addition, the student must meet other eligibility requirements including presenting a plan of study for a graduate program and a career commitment that align with one of the Rotary’s six areas of focus: (1) Peace and conflict prevention/resolution; (2) Disease prevention and treatment; (3) Water and sanitation; (4) Maternal and child health; (5) Basic education and literacy; and (6) Economic and community development. The application deadline is December 20, 2018.
  • Scholarship for Future Medical Professionals—$1,000 scholarship awarded to eligible students.  500 word essay required.  Application due December 15, 2018.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Union Health Foundation Scholarships—over $40,000 in awards are available to residents of the Wabash Valley for the 2019-2020 academic year.  The scholarships provide opportunities for students seeking careers in health care such as nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, pre-pharmacy and other academic majors.  For information and the applications, visit Union Health Foundation Scholarships.
  • Unlimited Cellular Scholarship—a $1,800 scholarship open to students who are U.S. citizens enrolled in accredited U.S. undergraduate or graduate programs and meet other eligibility requirements. Deadline is November 30, 2018.
  • 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.
  • Veterans & Military Family Scholarship—a $1,000 scholarship open to U.S. college students who are active duty service members, veterans, or spouses or children of active duty or retired service members. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA, submit a 500- to 1,000-word essay on one of several topics, and satisfy other eligibility requirements. High school seniors and graduates as well as undergraduate and graduate students may apply. This scholarship is awarded twice a year.  The deadline to submit the scholarship application is June 15, 2019.