Indiana Freshman Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded based upon application for admission. Scholarship criteria are subject to change. Scholarships are evaluated each June, at which time criteria and values are confirmed for students who will begin applying in August.

David L. Rice Merit Scholarship
This is the primary scholarship offered by the University of Southern Indiana to all eligible applicants residing in Indiana or qualifying counties in Kentucky and Illinois based on academic performance. Qualified applicants automatically receive the Rice Scholarship based upon their admission to USI.

Award amounts: $1,000 - $4,000

Scholarships that require additional applications:

Foundation Awards
Admitted students can take advantage of AwardSpring, a unified scholarship application that faculty and staff utilize to award Foundation scholarships. This one application serves as the application to all Foundation scholarships for which a student is eligible. Students can click on the AwardSpring icon throught MyUSI and begin completing a single application. The software will automatically match potential recipients to scholarships based on the information provided on the application. The AwardSpring application deadline is January 30, 2023.

Multicultural Leadership Scholarship
The Harolyn Torain Multicultural Leadership Scholarship is a competitive award that provides an annual scholarship of $5,000. Recipients also participate in an Inclusive Excellence Program that incorporates leadership, community service and cultural experiences throughout the academic year. Students who have a 3.0/4.0 cumulative high school GPA and have demonstrated leadership in multicultural school or community activities or organizations are eligible to apply. The Multicultural Leadership Scholarship deadline is January 7, 2023. 

Learn more and apply.

Presidential Scholarship
The Presidential Scholarship is a competitive award for Indiana residents and provides recipients with an award covering full tuition and housing costs (fall and spring semesters), along with a yearly stipend for books and meals. Any high school senior who meets the following criteria is eligible to apply for a Presidential Scholarship:

  • Have a high school GPA of 4.0 at the time of application for admission to USI. 
  • A minimum composite ACT score of 27, an SAT score of 1280.

Selection Process
Ten Presidential Scholars will be chosen to begin classes in the coming fall semester. Selection will be based on the high school record, SAT or ACT scores and a personal interview. Qualified candidates will be screened initially by a review committee. Finalists then will be invited for a virtual interview and information day held in February.

Deadlines to Remember

November 15, 2022
Presidential Scholarship application and supplemental items due

February 2-3, 2023
Interview dates

March 1, 2023
Notification of Presidential Scholarship recipients

Baccalaureate/Doctor of Medicine Scholarship (B/MD)
The B/MD Scholarship is a competitive award for Indiana residents who plan to pursue medical school. Through an interview process, USI awards full tuition scholarships for four years of undergraduate study as well as provisional acceptance into the Indiana University School of Medicine. To apply for the scholarship, students must have a minimum 3.5/4.0 cumulative high school GPA and a combined composite SAT score of a 1280 (Evidence-Based Reading/Writing + Math) or an ACT composite score of 27. The B/MD application deadline is November 15, 2022.

Additional B/MD information including the application.

USI Art Scholarships 
The USI Art Department awards four-year renewable scholarships in amounts ranging from $500-$2,500 to incoming students majoring in art or art education to be used towards tuition. Deadline to apply is TBD.

Learn more and apply for the USI Art Scholarships. 

Army ROTC Scholarships
Find out more about the Army ROTC Scholarship opportunities.


Undergraduate Admissions

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