Indiana Colleges That Offer Full Rides to Valedictorians

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Traditionally, a full-ride scholarship would cover tuition, books and room and board; however, because of rising costs, the valedictorian full ride is often modified to just a reduced tuition scholarship. In the state of Indiana, it is more common to give a traditional full-ride scholarship not just to valedictorians, but also to anyone who has a high GPA and high standardized test scores, and is successful with an essay and personal interview.

Ball State University

  • Ball State University offers ten Whitinger Scholars Program awards each year. Subject to annual review, the award covers full tuition, fees and room and board, and is renewable for a total of eight semesters. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a first-time honors college freshman entering the fall semester. Also required are at least a 3.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale, a SAT composite score of 1950 or an ACT composite of 29. The scholarship is not advertised. Honors College applicants who meet the scholarship requirements and return the written school application will be sent a separate application for the Whitinger Scholars Program, which also includes an on-campus interview and an essay.

Hanover College

  • Hanover College has two types of full-tuition scholarships through the Global Scholars Program Trustee Scholarship and the Benjamin Temple Scholarship Program. The Global Scholar Trustee Scholarship offers not only full tuition, but also a guaranteed, fully funded off-campus spring term trip for your choice of the sophomore, junior or senior year. To qualify as a Global Scholar, you simply apply for admission to Hanover College. If selected as candidate for the program, you will be invited for a faculty interview.

    The Benjamin Templeton Scholarship Program is a renewable, four-year, full-tuition scholarship that is awarded to 10 first-year students “on the basis of academic excellence and commitment to leadership, multiculturalism and social justice.” For scholarship consideration, students must apply to the college and complete the Templeton scholarship application by December 1. Two letters of recommendation, an essay and a detailed resume are also required.

Indiana University - Northwest

  • Indiana University – Northwest offers a scholarship covering full tuition, mandatory fees and book costs to valedictorians. It is an admission-based scholarship, and no additional application is needed.

Marian University

  • Marian University awards five competitive full tuition scholarships each year to first-time freshmen. To qualify for this award, you must complete a Marian University Academic Scholarship Application and participate in one of two scholarship competition days. You must have a 3.75 or greater GPA and a SAT score of 1200 or an ACT score of 27.

Oakland City University

  • The Oakland City University Honors Valedictorian Scholarship covers full tuition and room. Academic requirements include a 3.8 GPA and a combined SAT score of 1900 or an ACT composite score of 33.

Purdue University

  • Purdue University offers the Steven C. Beering Scholarship, which covers tuition, fees, room and board, and all other school expenses; it also provides spending money. Recipients may retain the scholarship to pursue master's and doctorates at Purdue. The top 100 early-application students are invited to apply for the Beering based on academic achievement and leadership ability. Finalists are invited for an interview. The number of awards varies each year, but at least one Indiana resident is always included

St. Joseph’s College

  • St Joseph’s College offers three Presidential Scholarships to students who apply early and meet 2 of 3 criteria and complete an on-campus invitation only competition. The three criteria are: a SAT I score of 1100 or higher or an ACT score of 24 or higher; placement in the top 15 percent of the class; or a GPA of 3.0 or above.

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