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Scholarships for Continuing Undergraduate SPEA Students

SPEA strongly encourages its high-achieving students to apply for the many scholarships that are available to continuing SPEA students. Please note the following:
  • Incoming students and students who will be graduating prior to December 2015 are not eligible for any of these scholarships. [Current IU undergraduate students who apply and are accepted for admission into SPEA by the January 15th, 2015 deadline are eligible to apply for these scholarships.]
  • Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year are due any time between Friday, November 14, 2014 and Friday, January 30, 2015 at 5 p.m.
  • Students will be notified if they have received a scholarship by mid-March.
  • These are full-year awards. Students who will be on campus only for the fall semester of the 2015-16 academic year are welcome to apply but, if selected, will receive only half the award.
  • Students must submit the names of two SPEA faculty members who can serve as references.  SPEA faculty includes anyone who has taught the student in a SPEA course.
  • Per University guidelines, SPEA uses FASFA information from the current academic year (2014-15) to determine eligibility for scholarships that list financial need as a criteria. For more information on how FASFA is used to determine eligibility for need-based awards, please visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance website at
  • The receipt of a scholarship may result in the reduction or repayment of need-based financial assistance previously awarded to the student by Indiana University. In accordance with federal regulations, the Office of Financial Aid is required to monitor whether a student's total financial assistance remains within their financial need-based eligibility. Similar practices are followed with some institutional need-based grants. Whenever possible, self-help awards (loans and Federal Work-Study) are reduced before federal or institutional gift-aid.
  • For a full list of scholarships, please click here.
  • To access the online application form, please click here.

Penny HudoffIf you have any questions about these scholarships, please contact Penny Hudoff at

Application Process

Regardless of how many scholarships they are applying for, students need complete “Part I: Personal and Academic Information” of the Online Application Form only one time. After students complete Part I and then select "continue" at the bottom of the screen, their profiles will automatically be saved. At this point, students will be directed to "Part II: Individual Scholarship Application." Students must submit a separate essay for each scholarship for which they hope to be considered. Students should tailor their essays toward the scholarship in question. They must explain how they meet the criteria and why they should be considered for the scholarship for which they are applying. For instance, if a student is applying for a scholarship that is intended to help defray the cost of an unpaid summer internship in public service, the student must specify the internship that they will be doing over the summer, the pay they will receive, and the ways in which this internship qualifies as public service. Students can access the essay portion of the application as many times as they chose and will not be timed out. However, applicants cannot save their work and return to the essay later. Students should write their essay(s) in a word processing program and then copy and paste their work into the online form.