Scholarships & Grants

University of Indianapolis academic scholarships and grants are awarded to full-time students regardless of financial need. With the exception of the Legacy Award, the highest award will take precedence over lesser awards. Depending on the amount awarded, some departmental and special interest awards may be added to the merit scholarships.

Additional sources of financial assistance may be available to students who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and demonstrate financial need.

Please note: The dollar amounts listed below are based on the 2014-15 academic year and are subject to change. Graduate students should explore Financial Aid for Master's & Doctoral Students for information about available aid.

Merit Scholarships

All first-year students that apply for admissions will be considered for one of the following merit scholarships. No additional application is required unless noted.

NameAmountEligibility Criteria

Presidential Scholarships

Up to full tuition annually

  • Top Distinguished Dean's Scholars invited to on-campus competition
  • Must apply for admission by January 1 for consideration
  • Renewable based on 3.3 grade point average and full-time attendance
Distinguished Dean's Scholarships $13,000-$16,000 annually
  • Minimum GPA: A or above for consideration.
  • Minimum critical reading/math SAT of 1200 or ACT composite of 29
  • Strong college preparatory curriculum
  • Evidence of leadership potential
  • Renewable based on 3.0 college grade point average and full-time attendance
Richard G. Lugar Academic Recognition Award $10,000-$11,500 annually
  • Strong college preparatory curriculum
  • Solid grade point average and SAT or ACT test scores
  • Renewable based on 2.7 grade point average and full-time attendance

Community Service Leadership Award


$12,000 annually
  • Minimum GPA: B or above in a challenging college preparatory curriculum for consideration.
  • Combined critical reading/math SAT around 1100 or ACT composite around 24 ACT
  • Awarded to limited number of incoming freshmen who have demonstrated leadership through community service at their school, in the community or in their church, and who have shown high academic achievement
  • Must submit application and essay by January 15
  • Top finalists will be invited to campus for an on-campus interview with faculty and staff

Departmental Scholarships (Stackable with Merit Awards)

NameAmountEligibility Criteria
Art Scholarships

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$1,000-$2,000 annually
(stackable)
  • Available to new, full-time Art majors
  • Portfolio review required
  • Award based upon academic potential and artistic merit
School of Business Scholarships

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$1,000 annually
(stackable)
  • Available to full-time Business majors
  • Recipients chosen by the School of Business faculty
  • Award based upon demonstrated financial need and academic merit
  • 2.7 GPA or higher required to receive and renew
  • Complete the scholarship application and return it by February 1.
Bohn Chemistry Scholarships 

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Up to half tuition scholarships
(stackable)
  • Available to full-time Chemistry majors or Pre-Medical, Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Dentistry or related programs
  • Recipients chosen by Chemistry Department faculty
  • Award based upon excellent college preparatory background, strong academic records, extracurricular activities, and solid college board scores
  • Complete the scholarship application and return it by February 1.
Forensics Speech Team Scholarships 

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Six $1,000 annual scholarships available
(stackable)
  • Available to any student interested in participating on the speech team
  • Recipients chosen by Communications faculty committee
  • 2.5 GPA to receive and renew
  • Complete the scholarship application and return it by February 1.
Music Scholarships

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From $2,000 to $10,000 annually
(stackable)
  • Scholarships available for Music majors and non-Music majors
  • Audition before Music faculty is required
  • Awards based upon performance ability and sight reading
LeAlice Briggs Nursing Scholarships 

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Up to $1,000 per academic year
(stackable)
  • Available to new, full-time Nursing candidates
  • SAT scores of at least 1100 or a composite ACT score of at least 24
  • 2.7 GPA required to renew
  • Complete the scholarship application and return it by February 1.
Theology Scholarships 

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Amount varies
(stackable)
  • Available to new, full-time Pre-Theology students
  • Complete the scholarship application and return it by February 1.
Theatre Scholarships

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Up to one-quarter tuition
(stackable)
  • Available to new, full-time Theatre and Theatre Education majors
  • Theatrical audition/interview required before Theatre faculty
  • Award based upon demonstrated talent
United Methodist Youth Leaders Scholarship

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$2,000 annually
(stackable)
  • Applicants must me a member of a United Methodist Church
  • Provide notable leadership roles within church and youth group
  • Complete the scholarship application and return it by February 1.

United Methodist Grant

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$500 annually
(stackable)
  • Limited number offered
  • Must apply for admission by January 15
  • Award based upon United Methodist Church minister recommendation, academic. performance, challenging curriculum, and leadership potential.
  • Can only be added to U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar Academic Recognition Awards.
  • Complete the scholarship application and return it by February 1.
Social Sciences & Psychology Scholarships: Marvin & Sylvia Henricks Scholarship 

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$1,000 annually
(stackable)
  • Available to new, full-time Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Archeology, Criminal Justice, and Social Work majors
  • Primarily based upon proven academic ability
  • Complete the scholarship application and return it by February 1.

Matching, Legacy and Alumni Scholarships Programs

NameAmountEligibility Criteria
Alumni Scholarship

nomination form
$12,000 Annually
  • Minimum GPA B or above
  • Challenging college preparatory curriculum
  • Minimum combined SAT of 1100 (Critical Reading/ Math) or ACT composite of 24.
  • Demonstrated leadership potential
  • UIndy alum must complete the scholarship nomination form and return it by February 1.
Full-Tuition 21st Century Discovery Award
Up to full tuition annually

A limited number of awards are offered, that in combination with federal and state grant aid, are equivalent to full tuition. A select number of recipients will be chosen based on academic performance and financial need. For priority consideration, please apply for admission to the University by February 1.

Eligibility to be considered for limited of full tuition scholarships:

  • Confirmation of 21st Century Scholar status through the State Commission as documented by the high school guidance counselor is necessary
  • Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by March 10 each year
  • Adhere to all deadlines for any additional FAFSA information or correction requests from the State Commission
  • Mail the signed 21st Century affirmation form to the State Commission by March 10
  • Submit a final, official high school transcript to UIndy verifying your high school grade point average and Core 40 or Core 40 with Honors Diploma
University of Indianapolis Freedom Award Up to full tuition annually

Legacy Award

$1,500 annually (stackable)
  • Entering freshmen
  • Submit application of admission verifying a parent or grandparent holds a degree from the University of Indianapolis
  • Renewable based on 2.0 college GPA and full-time attendance

Scholarships Available for Transfer Students 

We also offer substantial financial aid assistance to our transfer students. The following awards and scholarships are available and can be renewed for up to two years. Full-Tuition Ivy Tech Community College 21st Century Achievement Scholarships – These awards are given to qualified 21st Century Scholars who file both their FAFSAs and the University of Indianapolis Financial Aid Application before the March 10th deadline. The 21st Century Scholars program is open to any U.S. student who is enrolled full-time in any undergraduate program and maintains a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA.

Transfer Academic Award  $6,000–$10,000
(stackable) 
  • Based on transferable college-level credit hours and college GPA. All admitted students are reviewed for eligibility.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Renewable for up to two years based on full-time enrollment with a GPA of 2.7 or higher.
Phi Theta Kappa Academic Honors $500 
(stackable) 
  • Awarded to members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Proof of membership is required.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. transferring from a two-year college with an associate of arts, associate of science or associate of arts and science degree. 
  • Renewable for up to two years based on full-time enrollment with a GPA of 2.7 or higher. 
  • May be added to the highest valued transfer academic award for which the student qualifies.
Ivy Tech Community College Graduate  $1,500
(stackable) 
  • Given to qualifying Ivy Tech graduates who wish to complete their bachelor's degree at the University of Indianapolis.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. transferring from a two-year college with an associate of arts, associate of science or associate of arts and science degree. 
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher on all college work.
  • Renewable for up to two years based on full-time enrollment with a GPA of 2.7 or higher. 
  • May be added to the highest valued transfer academic award for which the student qualifies.

Need-Based Financial Aid – These funds are awarded based on individual needs and are awarded through the filing of the annual FAFSA and the University of Indianapolis Financial Aid Application.