Huge increase in number of top scholarship prospects

January 27, 2009

More than 170 talented high school students will visit Indiana State University's campus by invitation during two upcoming weekends to be interviewed for the university's top scholarships.

Indiana State has increased the number of Presidents Scholarships to 20 for 2009-10, up from 15 in previous years, and has created a new University Honors Scholarship that will be awarded to 80 incoming freshmen.

The number of prospective scholars invited to campus for interviews is approximately three times higher than in previous years, said John Beacon, vice president for enrollment management, marketing and communications.

"Because of the growing interest in Indiana State University by high achieving students, we have expanded the number of scholarship interview weekends to ensure the greatest opportunity for student participation. We have made these awards highly competitive in order to recognize the very best students," Beacon said.

The President's Scholarship is Indiana State's highest award, providing $15,000 per year, while the Networks Scholarship, for College of Business majors, covers in-state tuition and provides a $3,000 professional development account. The Rural Health Scholarship, for pre-medicine students, covers in-state tuition and the University Honors Scholarship provides $4,500 per year toward the cost of tuition. All of ISU's top scholarships also include a business-grade laptop computer.

"Many of our senior faculty members and successful ISU alumni volunteer their time to interview prospective scholars. Their help is needed and we appreciate their great response for this expanded event," Beacon said.

Scholarship interview days at Indiana State will take place Jan. 31 and Feb. 14. The majority of students (125) invited to campus are from Indiana with another 25 students from Illinois. Prospective scholars also hail from Alabama, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and West Virginia.

Students in this year's pool of top ISU scholarship prospects boast an average high school grade point average of 3.915 on a 4.0 scale.

Contact: Sarah Wurtz, associate director, Office of Admissions, Indiana State University, 812-237-3935 or swurtz@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications & Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu

Story Highlights

Indiana State University has increased the number of its top scholarships for the 2009-10 academic year as part of an ongoing effort to attract more high achieving students. As a result, the number of prospective scholarship recipients has increased more than three-fold over previous years and scholarship interviews have been expanded from one weekend to two.

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