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Undergraduate Scholarships

IUPUI offers many scholarships for both incoming freshmen and continuing students. For a comprehensive list of all IUPUI scholarships, please visit the Office of Student Scholarships website.

In addition, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs offers scholarships to incoming and current SPEA undergraduate students. Students may apply for SPEA scholarships by submitting the appropriate SPEA scholarship application and additional required materials, including a current resume and an essay explaining why you are a good candidate for that particular scholarship (essay guidelines are in the application).

To be eligible for a SPEA Student Scholarship, students must be in good academic standing, both when you apply for the award and when you receive it.

Recipients of SPEA scholarships are selected by members of the SPEA Scholarship Committee, comprised of SPEA faculty and staff. All SPEA scholarship recipients are recognized at the SPEA scholarship luncheon in October.

Award amounts range from $500 to $2000 per year, per scholarship and are noted on the scholarship application.

All SPEA scholarships are non-renewable, though former recipients may apply again. Fall scholarships refers to those scholarships that can be used in the fall semester; spring scholarships are for spring semester


Fall scholarship deadline is January 27 for:
• SPEA Alumni Association Scholarships

Fall scholarship deadline is February 15 for:
• SPEA New Student Scholarship

Fall scholarship deadline is March 1 for:
• Cory R. Elson Scholarship*
• Hudnut Scholarship in Public Leadership*
• International Experience Scholars*
• Lindsey Scholarship for Civic Engagement*
• Terry and Pat Baumer Scholarship*

Fall scholarship deadline is March 30 for:
• Indianapolis World Police and Fire Games Scholarships

Spring scholarship deadline is September 15, for the following scholarship:
• Bingham McHale LLP INGroup Legislative Conference Scholarship*

*Scholarships marked with an asterisk use the standard SPEA application. Those without an asterisk have applications specific to the scholarship.

For additional scholarship information, please contact SPEA Student Services at infospea@iupui.edu or (317) 274-4656.

SPEA Undergraduate Student Scholarships

Bingham McHale LLP INGroup Legislative Conference Scholarship (application due September 15)
The Bingham McHale scholarship supports academically successful students who are interested in a future career in state government. To apply, you must be a SPEA undergraduate student, have completed 60 or more credit hours, and be in good academic standing. The winner of this scholarship will attend the Bingham McHale luncheon in December.

Cory R. Elson Scholarship (application due March 1)
The Cory R. Elson Scholarship provides recognition and financial support to criminal justice students who wish to pursue a career in policing. To apply, students must have completed 60 or more credit hours and have a least a 2.67 cumulative IU GPA.

Hudnut Scholarship in Public Leadership (application due March 1)
The Hudnut Scholarship in Public Leadership supports SPEA Public Affairs majors interested in pursuing a future career in public leadership. To apply, you must be a SPEA undergraduate student pursuing a Public Affairs degree (which includes Civic Leadership, Management, Media and Public Affairs and Policy Studies majors).

International Experience Scholars (application due March 1)
This scholarship supports SPEA students who are studying abroad, and to apply, you must be a SPEA undergraduate student in good academic standing. Recipients will be expected to document and share their experience with SPEA through means such as photography, blogging or journaling.

Lindsey Scholarship for Civic Engagement (application due March 1)
The Lindsey Scholarship for Civic Engagement supports a SPEA student who has an interest in environmental affairs or planning. The winner should be interested in solving global problems, especially environmental degradation and poverty; have a record of volunteerism, community service and/or civic engagement; and be committed to a career in public service or in the nonprofit sector, with special emphasis on the environmental area. To apply, you must be a SPEA student in good academic standing.

SPEA Alumni Association Scholarships (application due January 27)
The School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA) Alumni Association is proud to sponsor $1,000 scholarships for current SPEA students. The scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students, from any IU campus, who meet the qualifications. Please click here for more information and to apply for this scholarship.

SPEA New Student Scholarship (application due February 15)
This scholarship provides $500 to a student who is in his or her first semester of majoring in a SPEA academic program. Qualified students must have graduated in the top 25% of their high school class and earned an SAT score of 1000 or more (or ACT score of 21 or more). Apply online by February 15.

World Police & Fire Games Scholarships (application due March 30)
Current full-time and retired police officers and firefighters in the state of Indiana are eligible to receive scholarship money to pay for the cost of tuition and fees for up to four IUPUI courses each year (two courses per semester, maximum). For more information, contact Nicole Amonette at namonett@iupui.edu or (317) 278-2077. Download the application