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SPEA undergraduate scholarships

The following list of scholarships includes scholarships that are available only to incoming and current SPEA undergraduate students, as well as other scholarships that are relevant to SPEA undergraduate students. In addition, IUPUI offers many scholarships for both incoming freshmen and continuing students: see the Office of Student Scholarships website. If you are a SPEA graduate student, please refer to our graduate scholarships page.

Most of the scholarships listed here use a standard SPEA application, which also requires an essay explaining why you are a good candidate for that particular scholarship (essay guidelines are in the application). A few of these scholarships have their own applications.

Deadlines

By January 24, apply for:
•  Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

By January 31, apply for:
•  SPEA Alumni Association Scholarships

By February 5, apply for:
•  Boren Scholarship

By February 15, apply for:
•  SPEA New Student Scholarship

By February 28, apply for:
•  Jason M. Baker Public Safety Scholarship

By March 1, apply for:
•  Cory R. Elson Scholarship*
•  Hudnut Scholarship in Public Leadership*
•  International Experience Scholars*
•  Jason Baker Spirit Award*
•  Lindsey Scholarship for Civic Engagement*
•  Plater International Scholars*

By March 31, apply for:
•  Indiana Women in Public Finance Scholarship

By April 1, apply for:
•  Indiana Sheriffs' Association Scholarship
•  Indianapolis World Police and Fire Games Scholarships

By September 15, apply for:
•  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.

Scholarship details

Jason M. Baker Public Safety Scholarship (application due February 28)
The Jason M. Baker Public Safety Scholarship honors a fallen police officer. It supports students who are pursuing a degree in public safety and who demonstrate financial need, academic promise, community and/or school involvement. Preference is given to students attending Indiana educational institutions. Apply here: www.heroesofpublicsafety.org/scholarships.php

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.

Boren Undergraduate Scholarships (application due February 5)
The Boren Awards provide opportunities for students to study in world regions critical to U.S. interests. Apply here: www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship

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).

Indiana Sheriffs' Association Scholarship (application due April 1)
The Indiana Sheriffs' Association Scholarship Program supports Indiana residents who are committed to pursuing an education and career in law enforcement at an Indiana college or university; who are current members of the association, or a dependent child or grandchild of a current member; and who are full-time students. Click here for application details. 

Indiana Women in Public Finance Scholarship (application due March 31)
Indiana Women in Public Finance awards up to two $1,000 scholarships to a female junior or senior majoring in any of the following areas: finance, public finance, law, government accounting, public policy and public management, or any other closely related field. Click here for application. 

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.

Jason Baker Spirit Award (application due March 1)
The Jason Baker Spirit Award provides recognition and financial support to SPEA students who wish to pursue a career in law enforcement. This award honors fallen police officer Jason Baker’s spirit and his enduring devotion to a career in law enforcement. To apply, you must be a SPEA undergraduate student in good academic standing. You must also have a proven track record of commitment to the profession of law enforcement.

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.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship (application due January 24)
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs are a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of State and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation to provide academic and professional preparation for outstanding candidates to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. Apply here.

SPEA Alumni Association Scholarships (application due January 31)
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.

Plater International Scholars (application due March 1)
The Plater International Scholars award supports a SPEA student committed to international affairs. A typical winner may be participating in an overseas experience or involved in campus or academic pursuits related to international affairs. To apply, you must be a SPEA student in good academic standing and demonstrate academic excellence.

World Police & Fire Games Scholarships (application due April 1)
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 Kenna Quinet, kfquinet@iupui.edu or 317-278-8624. Download the application.

SPEA Application Checklist

  • Completed application
  • Current resume
  • Essay
  • Email completed application to infospea@iupui.edu by 5 p.m. on March 1 (or September 15 if applying for the Bingham McHale scholarship). Please send from your IUPUI / IU email account.