University of Southern Indiana
Freshmen Scholarships
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Incoming Freshmen Students
New students are encouraged to apply for admission no later than March 1 prior to their initial fall semester to ensure consideration for all scholarships. Many scholarships also require completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to March 10 each year. Some scholarships require a separate application - they are noted below.

David L. Rice Merit Scholarship
The primary scholarship offered by the University of Southern Indiana. To qualify, students residing in Indiana or selected counties in Kentucky must be enrolled in the Indiana Academic Honors or Kentucky Pre-college Curriculum. The David L. Rice Merit Scholarship is a four-year award with reasonable renewal criteria. For a complete set of scholarship rules and renewal criteria visit www.usi.edu/finaid/scholar.asp. This scholarship ranges in value from $500 per year up to full yearly tuition. Individual award amounts are based on a student's SAT or ACT scores and cumulative GPA. A separate application is not required; the USI Undergraduate Application for Admission serves as the application for the David L. Rice Merit Scholarship. 

Kentucky students who are residents of Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, and Union counties will be considered for the David L. Rice Merit Scholarship. >>More Info

Presidential Scholarship
Indiana students ranked first or second in their senior class may qualify to compete for Presidential Scholarships which cover full tuition and housing; in addition, a yearly stipend for books and board is provided. Applicants must attend a state-commissioned high school in Indiana and earn an SAT score of 1200 (without writing component) or 1800 (with writing component), or an ACT composite score of 27. Qualifying students may receive a USI Presidential Scholarship application with initial acceptance. The USI Presidential Scholarship application, including related admission materials and most recent high school transcript, must be submitted by January 15.

Baccalaureate/Doctor of Medicine Scholarship
Through a competitive interview process, the University of Southern Indiana provides a full tuition scholarship for four years of undergraduate study as well as provisional acceptance into the Indiana University Medical School. Qualifications include a minimum 3.5/4.0 high school grade point average and an SAT score of 1200 (without writing component) or 1800 (with writing component), or an ACT composite score of 27. The B/MD application, including related admission materials and most recent high school transcript, must be submitted by January 15. >>Printable version of the B/MD application.

Non-Resident Top Scholar Award
This scholarship is designated for outstanding students residing outside the state of Indiana. Students must rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class or earn a 3.75/4.0 grade point average. In addition to GPA, or class rank, students must achieve a combined score of 1700 (with writing component) or 1100 (without writing component) on the SAT or earn an ACT composite score of 25. Recipients are provided an opportunity to attend the University of Southern Indiana while paying in-state tuition and fees. A separate application is not required; the USI Undergraduate Application for Admission serves as the application for the Non-Resident Top Scholar Award.

The following scholarship and grant is automatically awarded to outstanding students residing in Illinois and Kentucky pursuing an undergraduate degree and will increase in value as tuition increases. These programs are open to both new freshmen and new transfer students who are permanent residents of Illinois or Kentucky. Recipients must enroll in the fall and spring terms following receipt of award notification.

Regional Academic Scholarship
A minimum 2.75/4/0 cumulative high school grade point average is required. Transfer students must have a minimum 2.75/4.0 cumulative college grade average. In addition to grade point average, a minimum SAT score of 1500 (with writing component) or 1000 (without writing component) or 21 composite ACT is required. Eligible recipients will receive a scholarship valued at over $7,500 per year compared to out-of-state tuition rates. Students will pay $254.32 per credit hour. Such students must reside in University-provided housing. Students must be residents of Kentucky or Illinois to receive this scholarship.

*Note: Students offered this award who choose not to live in University housing will receive the Non-Resident Grant listed below.

Non-Resident Grant
A minimum of 2.5 (4.0 scale) cumulative high school grade point average is required. Transfer students must have a minimum 2.0 (4.0 scale) cumulative college grade point average. Eligible recipients will receive a scholarship valued at over $5,500 per year compared to out-of-state tuition rates. Students will pay $317.90 per credit hour.

Recipients must enroll in the fall and spring terms following receipt of award notification. Students may be enrolled part-time or full-time and must successfully complete 67 percent of all USI attempted credit hours and 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA for renewal. Students must be residents of Kentucky or Illinois to receive this scholarship.

*Note: The value of these Scholarships/Grants/Awards will increase if the USI tuition rate increases.

Indiana-Kentucky Reciprocal Tuition Program
Permanent legal residents of Henderson, Daviess, Hancock, and Union counties in Kentucky may pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree at USI and pay Indiana tuition rates. Students who begin their education under this program will be permitted to complete their degree with full program benefits as long they remain continually enrolled in all regular (fall/spring) terms and are otherwise eligible on the basis of residency and academic criteria.

USI Foundation Scholarships
Students who apply for admission to USI by March 1 of their senior year of high school and complete the FAFSA by March 1 are automatically considered for one of approximately 50 merit-based USI Foundation Scholarships awarded each year. Awards range from $400 to $2,000 per academic year. Scholarship recipients are notified in mid-April.

ROTC Scholarships
Army ROTC at USI offers 2, 3, and 4 year scholarships. To apply for four-year ROTC scholarships please go to:  www.GoArmy.com/rotc/scholarships.html.  Students can choose to apply their scholarship funds to pay for tuition, or to pay for campus housing. Recipients of Army ROTC scholarships can serve on Active Duty, in the Army Reserve, or in the Army National Guard. Students wishing to rotc exerciseapply should have a current academic CGPA of 2.5 or higher, and they should be prepared to complete the President's Fitness Test prior to awarding of a scholarship. A physical examination is also required, which is paid for by Army ROTC. Army ROTC scholarships pay 100 percent of a student's tuition (up to $17,000 per year) and mandatory fees, as well as reimburse students for the purchase of textbooks (up to $600 annually). Recipients of Army ROTC scholarships are paid a monthly stipend during the months they are enrolled in classes. Freshmen receive $250 per month; Sophomores receive $300 per month; Juniors receive $350 per month; Seniors receive $400 per month. Summer benefits are limited to $5,000 tuition, and $200 for books. For more information, contact the Assistant Professor of Military Science at 812-461-5304.

Music Performance Scholarship
Music performance scholarships are available for members of the Women's Choir and the Chamber Choir. Contact the director of in the College of Liberal Arts at 812-464-1736 for audition information.

Theatre/Drama Scholarship
Individuals interested in assisting with the production of theatrical events may contact the director of Theatre at 812-464-1734 for information concerning theatre/drama scholarships.

Athletic Scholarship
Women's sports include basketball, softball, volleyball, soccer, cross country, golf, and tennis. Men's sports include basketball, baseball, soccer, golf, tennis, and cross country. Student athletes desiring information on athletic grant-in-aid scholarships may contact the director of Athletics at 812-464-1846.

It is recommended that students attach a list of extra-curricular activities and community service to their USI Admission Application. These scholarships, except as noted, are renewable based upon continued enrollment and maintenance of specific grade point minimums.


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