Students from Indiana may need Indiana financial aid to make ends meet when it comes to their educations. Luckily, there are lots of options out there. These Indiana scholarships and grants are great for students from all walks of life who are looking for a way to make their education more affordable. Here are just a few options to check out.
- Hoosier Scholar Award
This award is for students who are Indiana residents, seniors in high school, and in the top 20% of their graduating classes. Students must plan to attend certain Indiana postsecondary educational institutions in order to use this grant. The grant is for $500 for the first semester of freshman year. Students can use this money for any educational expenses, including books and incidental expenses like housing or transportation.
Depending on the size of the school, each school elects one to three scholars each year. The high school guidance counselor or counselors at each school are responsible for nominating students. Students can find out complete information about this grant <a href=http://www.in.gov/ssaci/2337.htm target=_blank>here</a>.
- Frank O’Bannon Grant Program
This program is for Indiana residents, but if you are and Indiana resident by December 31st of the year preceding your grant application, you can be eligible. Applications must be high school graduates or hold a GET, and they must attend or plan to enroll in an eligible Indiana university, which could include Earlham College, Franklin College, Indiana University, University of Indianapolis, and Ball State University, among many others. Students must be full time, taking at least twelve credit hours per term, in order to qualify for this grant.
This need-based grant is easy to apply for. Students simply need to fill out the <a href=http://fafsa.ed.gov target=_blank>Free Application for Federal Student Aid</a> before March 10th of the year before they need the grant money. Grant amounts will vary based both on the students need and the amount of funding available. The grant money will be automatically sent to a student’s university unless a student should choose to refuse the money. For more information about this grant, you can go to <a href=http://www.in.gov/ssaci/2346.htm target=_blank>this page</a>.
- Lilly Endowment Scholarship Program
The Lilly Endowment is a prestigious scholarship program meant to keep talented students at Indiana colleges and universities. This award is administered by the Independent Colleges of Indiana and includes participation by community foundations in each Indiana county. The endowment will go to one student from each school in Indiana.
The Lilly scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship for four years for students who want to work toward a baccalaureate degree at any accredited public or private college or university in Indiana. The endowment also pays $800 a year for books and equipment. Students who gain the endowment will be required to update the committee on their academic progress as they work through their degrees.
Students should apply for the Lilly endowment in their senior year of high school. The application process involves letters of recommendation, interviews, and essays. Students can contact their high school guidance counselor to find out more about the program. Students can also find out more information about the scholarship program at www.lillyendowment.org.
- Central Indiana Conexus Indiana Scholars Program
Students at central Indiana high schools can apply for this scholarship, which grants thirty scholars up to $4,960 toward their education. Students should be applying to the Ivy Tech Community College Manufacturing and Production Operations program or similar programs approved by Conexus. To apply, students must permanently reside in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Morgan, or Shelby counties. Students must also have a high school diploma or GED, though seniors who expect to graduate are welcome to apply, as well.
To find out more about how to apply for this award, go to www.dreamitdoitindiana.com.
- Indiana Nursing Scholarship
This scholarship is specifically for students who are aiming to practice nursing in Indiana. Students must be Indiana residents and US citizens. They must also be admitted to certain higher education institutions either full time or part time. Students must sign a contract agreeing to work in an Indiana health care facility for at least two years after graduation, with the special focus being on acute care or specialty hospitals, long term care facilities, rehabilitation care facilities, home health care companies, hospice programs, mental health facilities, or facilities located in a nursing shortage area.
To qualify for the scholarship, students must complete the <a href=http://fafsa.ed.gov target=_blank>FAFSA</a> and show financial need. They must also maintain a 2.0 grade point average or the minimum GPA requirements for the college’s nursing program. This scholarship is for up to $5,000 a year and can be used for tuition and mandatory fees. The amount of each scholarship will depend on level of need as well as available funding.
Students can apply for this scholarship at the Office of Financial Aid at their own institution. To find out more about this award, go to <a href=http://www.in.gov/ssaci/2343.htm target=_blank>this site</a>.
- Indiana Minority Teacher/Special Services Scholarship
This scholarship is for minority teachers as well as occupational and physical therapists in Indiana minorities. Students must be black or Hispanic and be seeking a teaching certificate. Minority and non-minority students seeing degrees in special education, occupational therapy, and physical therapy can also apply. Students must be admitted to an institution full time for their course of study, and they must complete the FAFSA in order to demonstrate financial need.
Within the first five years of certification in education or these other special fields, the student must agree to work three years in Indiana. Students must also finish their programs of study within six years in order to apply for this scholarship. Students can renew the scholarship for up to six years. For minority students, the scholarship will be up to $4,000. For non-minorities, the award will be up to $1,000. Students can find out more information about this scholarship and application procedures and dates by going to <a href=http://www.in.gov/ssaci/2342.htm target=_blank>this site</a>.