USI rewards Illinois scholars

Scholarship opportunities for Freshmen and Transfer studentsOutline of Illinois in blue and Indiana next to it in white with words "You may qualify for in-state tuition" over top with a dark blue arrow pointing from Illinois to Indiana.

The University of Southern Indiana prepares individuals to live wisely in a diverse and global community, which is why we’re proud to extend awards and tuition discounts to eligible Illinois freshman and transfer students.

USI offers the benefits of a large university, as well as the personal, teaching-centered atmosphere of a small college. With its close proximity to Illinois, students from that region have several scholarship opportunities that are competitive with tuition rates for many Illinois colleges.

A public higher education institution located in Evansville, Indiana, USI offers more than 80 college degree programs, top-notch faculty, modern facilities, and a beautiful 1400-acre campus. And with over 140 student organizations and championship-caliber college athletic teams, there are plenty of ways to get involved. Join us for a campus visit or inquire and we will send you more information about the opportunities waiting for you at USI.

Freshmen Scholarships

The following scholarships opportunities are for incoming Illinois freshmen. If you're a transfer student, see our Illinois transfer scholarships tab.

David L. Rice Merit Scholarship

This is the primary scholarship offered by the University of Southern Indiana to all eligible applicants (in-state and out-of-state) with permanent residency in the U.S. To qualify, students must achieve a minimum 3.0 cumulative high school GPA and either a combined critical reading and math SAT score of 1030 or an ACT composite score of 20. Award amounts vary based upon academic merit and are renewable. Qualified students automatically receive the Rice Scholarship based upon their application for admission.

SAT* 1030-1090 1100-1190 1200-1250 1260-1350 1360+
ACT 20-21 22-24 25-26 27-29 30+
4.0+ $2500 $3000 $3500 $4000 $5000
3.9-3.99 $2000 $2500 $3000 $3500 $4000
3.7-3.89 $1500 $2000 $2500 $3000 $3500
3.6-3.69 $1000 $1500 $2000 $2500 $3000
3.4-3.59 $750 $1000 $1500 $2000 $2500
3.0-3.39 $500 $750 $1000 $1500 $2000

*SAT is combination of Critical Reading and Math subscores.
**All grades above 4.0 are converted to 4.0.
***Learn about renewal criteria for the Rice Merit scholarship.

Out-of-State Top Scholar Award

University provides awards which pay the difference between non-resident and Indiana resident tuition.  The current value is approximately $9,340 annually for students taking 30 credit hours per year. To be eligible applicants must meet one of the following criteria and live on campus for the first year*:

  • Achieve a minimum 3.5/4.0 cumulative high school GPA
  • Rank in the top 25% of their class
  • Attain a minimum ACT composite score of 24 or a combined critical reading and math SAT score of 1160

*Learn about renewal criteria for the Out-of-State Top Scholar.

Out-Of-State Scholarship

Provides a tuition discount for out-of-state students equal to 120% of the in-state tuition rate (currently valued at $8,013 per year). To be eligible, applicants must meet one of the following criteria and live on campus for the first year*:

  • Achieve a cumulative high school GPA in the range of 2.75-3.49/4.0
  • Rank in the top 26-50%
  • Attain an ACT composite score of 21-23 or a combined critical reading and math SAT score of 1060-1150

*Learn about renewal criteria for the Out-of-State Scholarship.

Continue the Tradition Award

Provides tuition waiver which will net out-of-state tuition down to in-state tuition rates.  Non-Indiana residents who are admissible to USI and have a parent (biological or adopted) or grandparent that has earned a Bachelor’s, Masters or Doctorate degree from USI are eligible for this waiver.

*Learn about renewal criteria for the Continue the Tradition Award.

*There will be caveats in place for students that live in Illinois and are close enough to commute, and processes in place should housing be at capacity.

The following scholarships opportunities are for transferring Illinois students. If you're an incoming freshman student, see our Illinois freshmen scholarship tab.

Transfer Scholarships

Provost Transfer Scholarship

This merit scholarship is designated for outstanding students transferring from a community college as of spring 2016 and forward.  

Value: $2,000 per academic year ($1,000 per term).

Number available: Varies. Offers may be limited based on availability of funding. For this reason, students are encouraged to apply early.

Application: No application is required. Eligible students will be identified based on their admission application credentials. Students must apply for admission by April 1 for students entering in the summer or fall semesters or by November 1 for students entering in the spring semesters.

Selection criteria: Eligible students must have a minimum of 42 transferable credit hours from a community college with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5.  

*Learn about renewal criteria for the Provost Transfer scholarship.


Transfer Academic Scholarship

This merit scholarship is designated for strong students transferring from a community college as of spring, 2016 and forward.

Value: $1,000 per year per academic year ($500 per term).

Number available: Varies. Offers may be limited based on availability of funding. For this reason, students are encouraged to apply early.

Application: No application is required. Eligible students will be identified based on their admission application credentials. Students must apply for admission by April 1 for students entering in the summer or fall semesters or by November 1 for students entering in the spring semesters.

Selection criteria: Eligible students must have a minimum of 42 transferable credit hours from a community college with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 to 3.49.  

*Learn about renewal criteria for the Transfer academic scholarship.


Out-of-State Transfer Top Scholar Award  

This scholarship is designated for outstanding transfer students residing outside the state of Indiana who initially matriculate to USI spring 2016 or beyond.  

Value: University provides awards which pay the difference between non-resident and resident tuition.  Current value is approximately $9,340 annually for students taking 30 credit hours per year.

Number available: Varies. Offers may be limited based on availability of funding. For this reason, students are encouraged to apply early.

Application: No application is required. Eligible students will be identified based on their admission application credentials. While there is no application deadline, students are encouraged to apply early for admission to USI.

Selection criteria: Non-resident transfer students must be admissible to USI and must have completed at least 24 transferable credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher.

*Learn about renewal criteria for the Transfer Top Scholar Award.


Out-of-State Transfer Scholarship

This scholarship is designated for strong transfer students residing outside the state of Indiana who initially matriculate to USI as of spring 2016 and beyond.

Value: The scholarship provides a net tuition payment equal to 120 percent of the Indiana resident tuition (current value is approximately $8,013 annually for students taking 30 credit hours per year).

Number available: Varies. Offers may be limited based on availability of funding. For this reason, students are encouraged to apply early.

Application: No application is required. Eligible students will be identified based on their admission application credentials. While there is no application deadline, students are encouraged to apply early for admission to USI.

Selection criteria: Non-resident transfer students must be admissible to USI and must have completed at least 24 transferable credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 to 3.24.

*Learn about renewal criteria for the Transfer Scholarship.


Continue the Tradition Award

The Continue the Tradition Program will be treated as a fee waiver for children or grandchildren of USI Alumni who are not residents of Indiana. The Admissions office will incorporate a series of questions on the enrollment application that will identify eligible students at the time of acceptance (no additional application).  The Admissions office will notify the student of eligibility via the acceptance letter.  Admissions office will create a new residency code to identify recipients in Banner and adjust fees to in-state rates.  

Selection criteria: Recipient must be biological or adopted child or grandchild of a USI graduate who holds a baccalaureate degree or higher credential.

*Learn about the Continue the Tradition Award program guidelines.

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