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Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) offers a variety of scholarships for high-achieving, incoming students who demonstrate a strong interest in public affairs, including things like policy, civic engagement, sustainability, management, and promotion of the arts. We also have scholarships available for students who choose to live in the new Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center.

Available awards include:

• Academic Admission Scholarship
• Bayh Public Service Scholarship
• Boch Family Scholarship
• Civic Leaders Scholar Awards
• Study Abroad Scholar Awards

Many of these scholarships require students to fill out IU’s Selective Scholarship Application (SSA). Eligible students who apply to IU before the November 1st priority deadline will be invited to fill out the SSA by IU’s Office of Scholarships.

Incoming students should also consider applying for financial aid through the Office of Student Financial Assistance. They can help you determine your eligibility for grants, loans, employment opportunities, and other need-based scholarships.

If you have questions or would like more information about SPEA’s scholarships for incoming freshmen, please email speaugr@indiana.edu.

Continuing SPEA students can check out additional scholarship opportunities here or request information at speaschl@indiana.edu


CIVIC LEADERS LIVING-LEARNING CENTER SCHOLARSHIPS

The Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center is a new residential community in the renovated and ideally located Briscoe Residence Center. As part of the Civic Leaders community, first-year students from all IUB schools will have the opportunity to live in a unique, supportive community with other students interested in public affairs, including politics, civic engagement, management, sustainability, and promotion of the arts. The Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center makes a large university feel small, offering first-year students experiences usually only afforded to upperclassmen. These include smaller classes, access to influential leaders and visitors to campus, guidance on creating a polished career profile, and trips to places like Washington, DC. You can find more information about the Civic Leaders program here.

How to apply: Students may be considered for a Civic Leaders scholarship based on either their Selective Scholarship Application or their application for the Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center. Applications to live in the Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center are submitted through the IU housing application, which is usually accessible for admitted students in mid-January.

Available awards for Civic Leaders Scholars:

Civic Leaders LLC Direct Admit Scholars - $10,000 Award
We offer multiple four-year merit scholarships for students who are both directly admitted into SPEA and who are admitted to the Civic Leaders program. This award is contingent on recipients’ participation in the Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center during their first year on campus. Scholarship recipients must remain in good standing, both academically and non-academically, as well as enroll in and complete at least six credit hours of SPEA coursework each fall and spring (after their first year) in order to be eligible for renewal of the award. Awards are renewable for up to four total years of undergraduate study ($1,000 in year 1, $2,000 in year 2, $3,000 in year 3, and $4,000 in year 4), for a maximum award amount of $10,000. Award recipients will be notified on a rolling basis.

Civic Leaders LLC Four-Year Scholars - $5,000 Award
We offer multiple four-year merit scholarships for students from across IU, regardless of intended major, who are admitted to the Civic Leaders program. This award is contingent on recipients’ participation in the Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center during their first year on campus. Scholarship recipients must remain in good standing, both academically and non-academically, as well as enroll in and complete at least six credit hours of SPEA coursework each fall and spring (after their first year) in order to be eligible for renewal of the award. Awards are renewable for up to four total years of undergraduate study ($2,000 in year 1, $1,000 in year 2, $1,000 in year 3, and $1,000 in year 4), with a maximum award amount of $5,000. Award recipients will be notified on a rolling basis.

Civic Leaders International Student Scholar Award - $5,000 Award
We offer one four-year scholarship for an incoming international student, regardless of intended major, who is admitted to the Civic Leaders program. This award is contingent on the recipient’s participation in the Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center during his or her first year on campus. The scholarship recipient must remain in good standing, both academically and non-academically, as well as enroll in and complete at least six credit hours of SPEA coursework each fall and spring (after his or her first year) in order to be eligible for renewal of the award. Awards are renewable for up to four total years of undergraduate study ($2,000 in year 1, $1,000 in year 2, $1,000 in year 3, and $1,000 in year 4), with a maximum award amount of $5,000. The award recipient will be notified in mid-March.

Civic Leaders LLC First-Year Scholars - $2000 Award
SPEA is also pleased to offer additional scholarships to students from across IU, regardless of intended major, who apply and are accepted to live in the Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center. This is a one-time award of $2,000 and is not renewable. Award recipients will be notified on a rolling basis.


DIRECT ADMISSION SCHOLARSHIPS

SPEA offers direct admission to a select group of high-achieving incoming students who meet our eligibility criteria and indicate an interest in public affairs. Direct Admits will get a jump start on their SPEA careers by bypassing SPEA’s traditional admissions process, receiving special consideration for scholarship opportunities, being invited to special events like Direct Admit Preview Day, and having access to SPEA advisors as soon as they arrive on campus. This early planning will ensure that SPEA Direct Admits are well positioned to take advantage of special opportunities, like our Washington Leadership Program, Accelerated Master’s Program, and SPEA Study Abroad Programs.

Available awards for Direct Admits:

Academic Admission Scholarship -- $20,000 Award
The SPEA Academic Admission Scholarship is a $5,000 award per academic year, disbursing as a $2,500 award for each fall and spring semester at IU Bloomington. If scholarship recipients remain in good standing, both academically and non-academically, as well as enroll in and complete at least nine credit hours of SPEA coursework in the fall and spring semesters, the scholarship will be eligible for renewal for up to four total years of undergraduate study and a maximum award amount of $20,000. This scholarship is awarded using the Selective Scholarship Application. Recipients will be notified in mid-March.

Bayh Public Service Scholarship – $20,000 Award
This scholarship honors former U.S. Senator Birch Bayh's exceptional public service and outstanding leadership. P.A. Mack, the Senator's former  Chief of Staff and close friend of more than 50 years, established the Birch Bayh Public Service Scholarship as a tribute to Bayh's many accomplishments and to encourage future generations of students to follow in the Senator's footsteps. The Bayh Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding incoming freshman aspiring to pursue a career in public service and will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, and civic engagement. This scholarship is awarded using the Selective Scholarship Application. The recipient will be notified in mid-March.

Boch Family Scholarship – $20,000 Award
The Boch Family Scholarship was established by Elizabeth Boch, a former teacher, to encourage and support outstanding students who are pursuing careers in public service at the local, state or federal level. The Boch Scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman with an established record of academic excellence, financial need, and an interest in a career in public service. This scholarship is awarded using the Selective Scholarship Application and the FAFSA. The recipient will be notified prior to May 1st.

SPEA Study Abroad Scholars – $2,000 Award (maximum)
SPEA sponsors a variety of exciting study abroad opportunities, ranging from short summer programs anywhere from Rwanda to Ireland, to full semester programs in places like Paris. We encourage all of our students to consider taking advantage of these opportunities to round out their public affairs education with comparative international experience and a global perspective. This year, we will offer up to 30 scholarships for incoming SPEA students as a way to encourage students to plan early for their study abroad experience. Students who both enter SPEA as Direct Admits and are interested in studying abroad during their undergraduate careers may be awarded 100% of their program fees for a SPEA study abroad program, up to $2,000. The award will be reserved for up to four years, until the recipient enrolls in a SPEA study abroad program; students are not required to study abroad during their first year to use this scholarship. All students who are offered Direct Admission to SPEA are eligible for this award, but priority consideration will be given to applicants who complete the Selective Scholarship Application. Recipients will be notified in mid-March.