Let’s be clear; cost should not prohibit a student from attending college.
One of the best ways to reduce costs is to, of course, get access to scholarships. There are thousands of scholarships of all types available, and some of the most lucrative ones are given to students who have worked hard and achieved academic success.
If this sounds like you (or your prospective college student), we’re off to a great start.
Universities and colleges may directly issue these scholarships, or they may be funded by private organizations or businesses. Awards can be subject-specific, such as a mathematics or engineering scholarship, or more general in criteria.
If you live in Indiana and have a proven record of academic success, here are a few scholarships to get you started that could help you save money on tuition.
- Chapman Scholars Program
The Chapman Scholars Program offers a 4-year, full ride scholarship from IPFW, which includes tuition, fees, room and board, and textbooks.
This scholarship is awarded to 4 incoming freshmen each academic year who are distinguished as high achievers in and out of the classroom. The scholarship promotes civic engagement as being key to personal growth as well as the growth and strength of a community.
Eligibility for this scholarship is based on the academic standards of an Academic Honors or Core 40 Diploma (Indiana students) or a college preparatory curriculum (out-of-state students) and an SAT score of 1950 or ACT score of 29. Your grade point average should be 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale for consideration. You must also be invited to take part and participate in the Summit Scholars Competition.
- IPFW Excellence Scholarship
This scholarship is available for all in-state beginning students. (Students from Ohio Reciprocity Counties are also eligible.) This scholarship amounts to $4,000 in tuition and is awarded each academic year. There is no application required and this particular scholarship is renewable annually.
You must have an Indiana Core 40, Academic Honors, or Technical Diploma or a college preparatory curriculum (reciprocity county students) at an out-of-state-accredited high school. Requirements also include a minimum SAT score of 1950+ or ACT score of 29+ and a high school GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
- Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship
To win this one-time $4,000 grant, you must have graduated from a publicly supported high school at least one year early and have attended a publicly supported high school on a full-time equivalency basis for at least the last two semesters before graduation.
A minimum of a Core 40 high school diploma awarded by the end of grade 11 is required, including any summer coursework completed by July 1 of the graduation year. Within five months of graduating high school, you must be taking classes and be in good standing at an eligible institution in a program leading to an approved post-secondary degree or credential.
- Coca Cola Scholars Foundation
This organization connects and nurtures an extended family of passionate, motivated, service-oriented leaders throughout their entire careers, and many of the recipients go on to leadership roles in their respective industries. Awarded to 5,550 students to date, this scholarship awards financial assistance to exceptional high school seniors.
Over $3 million is donated each year with 150 applicants selected to receive a $20,000 scholarship. High school senior applicants must have a minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA and may apply in August of their senior year until the October 31 deadline.
This scholarship is a multi-stage application process, and you can start this process online.
- Buick Achievers Scholarship Program
The automotive industry is one of the biggest industries in Indiana. The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program awards “up to $25,000 per year for 50 first-time freshmen or existing college students, renewable for up to four years and one additional year for those entering a qualified five-year engineering program.”
Applicants must “plan to major in a specified course of study that focuses on Engineering, Technology, Design, or other programs of study related to the automotive industry.”
Don’t think you can get a scholarship? Think again. Download the Scholarships Quick Guide, a primer for high school students on where to start looking for scholarships that match their talents and interests.