Higher education has a long history in Indiana. According to the school’s website, Vincennes University was founded in 1801, making it the oldest college in the state.

If you plan on attending college or university in Indiana, you should know that the state government offers many scholarships and grants for residents. If you wish to apply for scholarships, the prizes below could be great options that help lower your college costs.

But before constructing an application, you should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available by visiting the Federal Student Aid Office of the U.S. Department of Education

You may also want to apply for private scholarships, which are based on merit, financial need, student-specific criteria, and a wide range of other eligibility requirements. To easily find these scholarship opportunities, you can use the free BridgesEDU Scholarship Finder. It’s simple and will match you with prizes from our scholarship database.

Now, let’s get to prizes for Indiana residents.

Indiana Scholarship Programs

Earline S. Rogers Student Teaching Scholarship for Minorities 

The Earline S. Rogers Teaching Scholarship for Minorities is available for minority students (defined as Black and Hispanic individuals) who will participate in student teaching or a school administration internship as a part of their degree requirements during the semester in which they receive it. Students must agree in writing to apply for teaching positions in Indiana and, if hired, teach in Indiana for at least three years. The maximum amount a student may receive is $4,000.

Student Teaching Scholarship for High-Need Fields in State of Indiana

The Student Teaching Scholarship for High-Need Fields is available for students who plan to teach in a high-need field (defined as middle or high school level math, science or special education). Students are eligible to receive the stipend in the term they are student teaching as a part of their degree requirements. Students must agree in writing to apply for teaching positions in Indiana and, if hired, teach in Indiana for at least three years. Recipients must also be Indiana residents. The maximum amount a student may receive is $4,000.

Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship

The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship provides 200 high-achieving high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in education the opportunity to earn a renewable scholarship of up to $7,500 a year for four academic years. In exchange, students agree to teach for five years at an eligible Indiana school or repay the corresponding, prorated amount of the scholarship.

William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship

The William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship is available to minority students (defined as Black and Hispanic individuals) who intend to pursue, or are currently pursuing, a course of study that would enable them to teach in an accredited school in Indiana. Students must agree in writing to apply for teaching positions in Indiana and, if hired, teach in Indiana for at least three years.

21st Century Scholarship

Started in 1990, 21st Century Scholars is Indiana’s early college promise program. It offers income-eligible Hoosier students up to four years of paid tuition at an eligible Indiana college or university after they graduate from high school. Students enroll in seventh or eighth grade, and in high school they participate in the Scholar Success Program and are connected to programs and resources to help them prepare for college and career success. Once in college, Scholars receive support to complete their college degrees and connect to career opportunities.

EARN Indiana

EARN Indiana (Employment Aid Readiness Network) is the state’s work-study program. Students with financial need have access to resume-building, experiential, paid internships, while participating employers receive state matching funds—up to 50% of the student’s hourly wage. EARN Indiana partners with Work and Learn Indiana to better match students and employers and to assist employers in finding the perfect fit for their team.

Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship

The Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship is a one-time, $4,000 scholarship for students who graduate at least one year early from a publicly supported Indiana high school. To claim this scholarship, students must enroll at an eligible Indiana institution no later than the fall semester in the academic year immediately following the year they graduate high school.

Indiana Grant Programs

Frank O’Bannon Grant

The Frank O’Bannon Grant, which includes the Higher Education Award and the Freedom of Choice Award, is Indiana’s primary need-based financial aid program. It is designed to provide access for Hoosier students to attend eligible public, private and proprietary colleges and universities. Eligibility is based on a student’s FAFSA, and the grant may be used toward tuition and regularly assessed fees.

Adult Student Grant

The Adult Student Grant, part of the Indiana’s You Can Go Back program, offers a renewable $2,000 grant to assist returning adult students in starting or completing an associate degree, bachelor’s degree or certificate. To qualify, students must be financially independent as determined by the FAFSA, demonstrate financial need and be enrolled in at least six credit hours.

Workforce Ready Grant

The Workforce Ready Grant, part of Indiana’s Next Level Jobs initiative, pays tuition and regularly assessed fees for qualifying high-value certificates (in the fields of Advanced Manufacturing, Building & Construction, Health Sciences, Information Technology & Business Technology and Transportation & Logistics) at Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University. The grant is available for two years and covers up to the number of credits required by the qualifying program.

Child of Deceased or Disabled Veteran

This prize provides regularly assessed fees for children of deceased or disabled veterans. This program funding is limited to a maximum of 124 credit hours and may be used at the undergraduate and professional degree level.

Child of Purple Heart Recipient or Wounded Veteran

This award provides regularly assessed fees for children of Purple Heart recipients or wounded veterans. This program funding is limited to a maximum of 124 credit hours and may be used at the undergraduate and professional degree level.

Children and Spouse of Indiana National Guard

This financial aid provides 100% of tuition and regularly assessed fees for students who are the child or spouse of a member of the Indiana National Guard who suffered a service-connected death while serving on state active duty. This program funding is limited to a maximum of 124 credit hours.

Children and Spouse of Public Safety Officers

This award provides 100% of tuition and regularly assessed fees for students who are the child or spouse of certain Indiana public safety officers (PSO) who were killed in the line of duty or are a permanently disabled state trooper.

Indiana Purple Heart Recipient

This opportunity provides 100% of tuition and regularly assessed fees for students who are Indiana veterans and Purple Heart Recipients. This program funding is limited to a maximum of 124 credit hours and may be used at the undergraduate, graduate and professional degree level.

National Guard Tuition Supplement Grant

This grant provides 100% of tuition and regularly assessed fees at a public Indiana institution for eligible members of the Indiana Air and Army National Guard. Students can attend either full time or part time.

Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s Home

The program provides 100% of tuition and regularly assessed fees for students who are former students and/or graduates of Morton Memorial High School and former residents of the Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s home. This program funding is limited to a maximum of 124 credit hours and may be used at the undergraduate, graduate or professional degree level.

Fast Track

Fast Track provides qualified 21st Century Scholars and Frank O’Bannon Grant recipients with the option to use additional state financial aid in their current award year, in exchange for deducting additional eligibility units. This program is effective in a term where the student has used 100% of their Frank O’Bannon Grant or 21st Century Scholarship , earned at least 30 credits within the award year and has remaining eligibility.

Win Scholarships, Grants, and Financial Aid

Finding college scholarships that you’re eligible for is the first part of the scholarship journey. Applying for scholarships is the next component of the process. Are you confident about how to construct a winning college scholarship application? If not, check out our masterclass, The Secrets to Scholarship Research & Writing.

Our masterclass offers tailored guidance to help you find more scholarships. It also gives you expert advice on how to win those prizes.

With the cost of education climbing, it just makes sense to put yourself in the best position to win money for school. Don’t wait or hesitate! There’s plenty of money out there for high school students and undergraduates hoping to get a financial boost while they study. Apply for scholarships today!