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.

  • AffordableColleges.com—this website features scholarship opportunities for minority students at the high school and college level. There are many different scholarships for various amounts of grant money. The deadlines vary depending on the scholarship.
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships for Minorities—this resource, which provides information on a variety of financial aid programs and scholarships for minorities, is compiled by AffordableColleges.com
  • Floorjack Company Annual Scholarship—a $1,000 online marketing scholarship for students with a keen interest in ecommerce and entrepreneurship.  Deadline is November 30, 2017.
  • Focus Indiana Scholarship Program—these $1,000 scholarships support targeted internship experiences that will develop students’ understanding of themselves and a meaningful career path, provide employers with capable interns, contribute to economic development, and promote employment of Indiana State University graduates in Indiana. The summer deadline is April 7, 2017. This scholarship is offered in the fall and spring as well as annually so check back every year to apply.
  • Halo Branded Solutions Scholarship Contest—three scholarships ($1,500; $1,000; and $500) will be awarded to three undergraduate students who submit an essay and meet other eligibility requirements.  The deadline is November 1, 2017.
  • “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.
  • ISU Credit Union Scholarship—three $2,000 scholarships will be awarded for the 2018-2019 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. Application must be postmarked on or before January 1, 2018.  Applications can be accessed in the ISU Credit Union lobby or on their website.
  • 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 November 30, 2017.
  • 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
  • Rex Breeden Internship Scholarship Program—a scholarship for worthy students graduating from Columbus East High School, Columbus North High School, or Springs Valley High School and enrolled at Indiana State University. The summer deadline is April 7, 2017. This scholarship is offered in the fall and spring as well as annually so check back every year to apply.
  • Scholarships & Grants for Hispanic Students—this resource features scholarship and grant opportunities for Hispanic students.
  • TopProducts Single Mother Scholarship—a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to a single mother who meets eligibility requirements, including submission of a 1,200 to 1,500 word essay. The application deadline is December 31, 2017.
  • 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.
  • ZipRecruiter Scholarship—a $3,000 scholarship to the winning university student with the most creative essay entry in their Autumn 2017 competition. Students can select from three topics, including the best part-time jobs and top internship opportunities. Application deadline is December 31, 2017.