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Resources for High School Seniors

Indiana University South Bend offers special resources to seniors in high school who are incoming freshmen. 

High school seniors may automatically qualify for admission based scholarships and may also apply for additional scholarships through the Selective Scholarship Application, due January 17, 2017.

Have a question about receiving scholarships or aid? Find your financial aid counselor.


Admission Based Scholarships

Titan Awards

Indiana University South Bend is excited to offer the Titan Scholarship Award program to recognize outstanding graduating high school seniors.

Titan Excellence Award (total value up to $24,000):

Four (4) Titan Excellence Awards will be automatically offered to high school seniors graduating from an Indiana high school and admitted to IU South Bend by December 1st.  Students who have achieved an old math/reading score of 1200 on their SAT (or ACT equivalent) or new SAT score of 1270 (Evidence- Based Reading and Writing+Math) and have a GPA of 3.75 or greater will be considered.  This award will provide an annual $3,000 academic scholarship and $3,000 River Crossing housing scholarship for up to four years.  The total value of this award is $24,000 over four years and is renewable when students complete 30 credit hours each academic year and maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.  Student's academic qualifications will be reviewed and do not require an additional scholarship application.  Award letters are sent to recipients after December 1 and recipients will need to complete the Office of Admission’s confirmation process no later than May 1st. 

The following Titan Awards are automatically offered to qualifying high school students when they are admitted to IU South Bend on or before March 10th for the fall semester.  Recipients will receive the highest Titan Award for which they qualify based on available funding.  Titan Onsite Awards will be increased to a Titan Silver or Titan Gold Award when students are fully admitted to IU South Bend and meet the additional GPA and test scores as outlined below.  To accept this award, recipients will need to complete the Office of Admission’s confirmation process no later than May 1st. 

Titan Gold Award (total value up to $6,000):

A maximum annual Titan award of $1500 will automatically be offered to students accepted to IU South Bend with a GPA of 3.5 and above with an old SAT score of 1000 (math and critical reading scores) or a new SAT score of 1080 (Evidence- Based Reading and Writing+Math) and above or ACT equivalent. 

Titan Silver Award (total value up to $3,000):

A maximum annual Titan award of $750 will automatically be offered to students accepted to IU South Bend with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and an old SAT score of 950 (math and critical reading scores), or a new SAT score of 1030 (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing+Math) and above or ACT equivalent.

Titan Onsite Award (total value up to $2,000):

A $500 annual Titan award will automatically be offered to a student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher when they apply during a high school visit by IU South Bend admissions counselors.  Students receiving this award will be reviewed and moved to a higher award amount if the additional GPA and test score criteria is met as outlined above. 

Titan awards are automatically renewable for an additional three years when a student maintains a minimum 2.8 GPA, enrolls full-time each fall and spring term, and completes 30 credit hours in the award period (fall, spring, and summer)!

21st Century Scholar Housing Award

Ten (10) 21st Century Scholars admitted to IU South Bend have the opportunity to receive a two-year housing scholarship to reside in River Crossing during their Freshman and Sophomore years.  The award will provide $2500 annually and is renewable for a second year when recipients have successfully completed 30 credit hours and maintained a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.  These awards are provided automatically to students admitted by December 1st with a strong record of academic achievement.  Students must be eligible 21st Century Scholars to receive this award.  Award letters are sent directly to recipients.

Honors Program

Students receiving admission to the Honors Program at IU South Bend are automatically considered for the $500 Honors Initial Scholarship.  Students reaching a 3.5 cumulative high school GPA or greater and an old combined reading and math SAT score of at least 1100 (or ACT equivalent) or new SAT score of 1170 (Evidence- Based Reading and Writing+Math) are candidates for the prestigious Honors Program and scholarship.  The scholarship may be renewable for students meeting program requirements.  To find out more about the program please visit the Honors Program website.

Selective Student Scholarships

This scholarship application is intended to identify outstanding high school seniors from Indiana and the greater Michiana region that plan to enroll as full-time students at the IU South Bend campus immediately after graduation during the Fall 2017 term.  The application is due January 17, 2017. To be considered for these scholarships students must meet the following general criteria in addition to the specific criteria listed for the different programs below:

• Graduate from an accredited high school no later than June 30th.
• Plan to enroll full-time at IU South Bend, beginning in the Fall semester.
• Have a completed IU South Bend admissions application on file.

Herbert Presidential Scholarship

• Minimum 3.5 cumulative high school GPA (6th or 7th semester),
• Minimum old math/reading SAT score of 1100 (or ACT equivalent) or minimum new SAT score of 1170 (Evidence- Based Reading and Writing+Math) and above, and
• Be a legal resident of the state of Indiana.

Alumni Honors Scholarship

  • Minimum 3.5 cumulative high school GPA (6th or 7th semester),
  • Minimum old math/reading SAT score of 1100 (or ACT of 25), or minimum of a new SAT score of 1170 (Evidence- Based Reading and Writing + Math), and
  • Graduate from a public or private high school in Northern Indiana or Southern Michigan.

Informatics Scholars

• Minimum 3.5 cumulative high school GPA (6th or 7th semester),
• Rank in the top 10% of the graduating class,
• Complete a core 40 or Academic Honors diploma from a public or private Indiana high school,
• Demonstrate a strong background in science and mathematics,
• Preference may be given to students that are underrepresented in the field of Informatics.

Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics Scholarship

• Minimum 3.5 cumulative high school GPA (6th or 7th semester),
• Minimum of an old math/reading SAT score of 1100 (or ACT equivalent), or minimum new SAT score of 1170 (Evidence- Based Reading and Math+Writing) and above, and
• Graduate from a public or private high school in the Michiana region.

Frank and Marsha Martin Scholarship

• Minimum 3.5 cumulative high school GPA (6th or 7th semester),
• Rank in the top 10% of their graduating class,
• Minimum of an old math/reading SAT score of 1200 or ACT score of 26, or a new SAT score of 1270 (Evidence- Based Reading and Writing+Math), and
• Preference will be given to economically disadvantaged students with leadership potential.

A PDF application is available here: 2017-2018 Selective Scholarship Application for High School Seniors.  Completed applications must be submitted no later than Tuesday, January 17, 2017 or postmarked by the deadline to be considered.


*If you took the SAT prior to March 2016, your score is an old score. 
Beginning March 2016, the new scoring system was put in place and all scores are considered new.

Please note: IU South Bend scholarship awards are not valid for the Purdue Statewide Technology program.