Indiana University

Herbert Presidential Scholars are a distinguished group at Indiana University — they are exceptionally talented and diverse Hoosier students who have a wide variety of interests.

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Information for current scholars including benefit details, programs and networking opportunities.

Indiana University's Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholars Program offers Indiana's top high school graduates four-year renewable scholarships to attend any of IU's eight campuses throughout the state. The Lilly Endowment is funding this program to support its vision to recruit and retain intellectual capital in Indiana. Up to 40 incoming Indiana University freshmen are designated Herbert Presidential Scholars each year.

Funding from the Lilly Endowment

The Herbert Presidential Scholars Program is funded by a $10 million grant from the Lilly Endowment and is administered by the IU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs. The program was created by IU President Emeritus Adam W. Herbert during his tenure at the university. Originally called the Hoosier Presidential Scholars Program, it was renamed in 2007 by the IU Board of Trustees to honor Herbert and his commitment to recruiting and retaining talented young Hoosiers.

Other Scholarship Programs

The Herbert Presidential Scholars Award is one of several major scholarship programs offered by IU, including the Wells Scholars Program and the Kelley Scholars Program on the Bloomington campus and the Bepko Scholars Program on the IUPUI campus. For more information about scholarships, see, select the campus you're interested in, and find information in the section on financial aid and scholarships.

Herbert Presidential Scholars have ably demonstrated their overwhelming promise as among the highest achievers in their Indiana high school or home school experiences, and Indiana University, steeped in traditions of excellence, is the ideal place for them to continue their academic progress.

— Michael A. McRobbie,
Indiana University

These students have the potential for high levels of success in their chosen professions. They will be Indiana's future leaders. Our mission is to give them an educational experience commensurate with their exceptional abilities.

— Adam W. Herbert,
President Emeritus
Indiana University

How Herbert Presidential Scholars are chosen

Students are nominated to be Herbert Scholars. There is no open application process for potential scholars to initiate.

Students applying for admission to any of the following Indiana University campuses will be considered for Herbert Presidential Scholar Awards:

IU Bloomington
IU East
IU Kokomo

IU Northwest
IU South Bend
IU Southeast

Learn more about the Nomination and Selection Process