Money Does Grow on Trees. Indiana State University and the Indiana State University Foundation offer a variety of scholarships to help make a college experience possible to talented and deserving students. Annually, the University awards more than $16 million in scholarships and awards, many of which are made possible by the support and gifts of individuals and organizations. STATE’s online scholarship system The Branch is the place to go to access these opportunities.

Future Students

Check out our scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students. You will be automatically considered for some awards, just for submitting your application and being admitted on time. Other awards, like the President’s Scholarship and the Warren M. Anderson Scholarship, require separate applications and have different deadlines so check the following resources early and often to discover your opportunities.

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Scholarship Statistics

Important Dates

  • Textbook Awards Available for Use
    August 1
  • Laptop/iPad Distribution
    August 17, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    August 18, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    August 19, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Freshman Scholarships 2019-2020

Listed below are scholarships for entering freshmen who will begin their studies in 2019, enroll as full-time students each semester (minimum of 12 credits), and successfully complete a minimum of 30 credit hours each academic year. This will enable students to successfully progress toward graduation within four years. Online-only and returning Indiana State University students are not eligible for these freshman scholarships. To receive first consideration for many scholarships, students must be admitted to Indiana State University by December 1.

Competitive Scholarships

Admission-Based Scholarships

All incoming freshmen who are admitted to the University by the deadline will be automatically considered for these scholarships. No additional application is required. For details, including deadlines, follow the links below.

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Through the Sycamore Technology Award, Indiana State University will award a laptop computer to those students who are admitted and are Pell-eligible as determined by the FAFSA.

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Transfer Scholarships 2019-2020

Listed below are scholarships for entering transfer students who will begin their studies in 2019, enroll as full-time students each semester (minimum of 12 credits), and successfully complete a minimum of 30 credit hours each year. Please read the scholarship descriptions on this site carefully for details.

Open to Students Entering Fall Semester

Open to Students Entering Spring Semester

Deadlines vary by award.


Continuing Students


Indiana State University offers a variety of scholarships for Indiana State University students, including talented and deserving sophomores, juniors, and seniors. These scholarships are available through individual colleges and academic departments such as Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Health and Human Services, Nursing, and Technology. To view scholarship opportunities, visit The Branch.

Accepting an Indiana State University Scholarship

For instructions, visit Accepting Your State Scholarship.

Renewing an Indiana State University Scholarship

Students who receive Indiana State University scholarships should read these rules and regulations.


The appeal process varies by award term. Search for “Appeal” in The Branch and select the appropriate reinstatement term.

  • Laptop Return Policy: In accordance with the Laptop Award rules and regulations, students who do not maintain enrollment for two consecutive semesters, which consists of attendance through the first full week of classes of the second semester, must return the awarded laptop.
Community Service

Indiana State University has a long and proud history of community service. We highly encourage all of our students to give back to the community. This commitment to service is why we ask some of our top scholars to complete and record community service hours as a part of their scholarship requirements. To learn what constitutes community service or how to log hours, refer to these community service instructions.



Sarah Wurtz

Sarah Wurtz
Director of Scholarships
Indiana State University

After three years in Admissions at Indiana State University, Sarah was selected to launch and lead the University Scholarship Office in 2008 to further improve the recruitment and retention of academically successful Sycamores. She holds a bachelor's degree in German from the University of Notre Dame and a master's degree in English literature from Indiana State University.

Kelly Pierce

Kelly Pierce
Assistant Director of Scholarships
Indiana State University

A graduate of Indiana State University in human resource development, Kelly has worked at the University since 2002. Having played various roles in Distance Education and Admissions, she joined the University Scholarship Office in 2012. She focuses on scholarship outreach and communication efforts, as well as event planning for State’s biggest recruitment events for prospective, high-achieving students.

Shane Sizemore

Shane Sizemore
Systems Coordinator
Indiana State University

Upon graduating from State in 2016 with his bachelor’s degree in history, Shane joined our admissions team as an application processing specialist. He has since moved into a systems role within the University Scholarship Office where he provides back-end support for our outreach and awarding efforts.

Student Scholarship Assistants

  • Maggie Glowinski
  • Makayla Herring
  • Courtney Swanson