SPEA undergraduate scholarships

The following list 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). Several of these scholarships have their own applications.


By January 13, apply for:

  • Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

By February 1, apply for:

  • SPEA New Student Scholarship

By February 7, apply for:

  • Jason Baker Public Safety Endowed Scholarship

By February 9, apply for:

  • Boren Scholarship

By March 1, apply for:

  • Cory R. Elson Scholarship*
  • Gurminder Bedi Scholarship*
  • Hudnut Scholarship in Public Leadership*
  • International Experience Scholars*
  • Lindsey Scholarship for Civic Engagement*
  • Terry and Pat Baumer Scholarship*

By March 10, apply for:

  • SPEA Alumni Association Scholarship

By March 30, apply for:

  • Indianapolis World Police & Fire Games Scholarship

By April 1, apply for:

  • Indiana Sheriffs' Association Scholarship

By September 15, apply for:

  • Bingham McHale*

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

For additional scholarship information, please contact SPEA Student Services at or 317-274-4656.

Scholarship details

Bingham McHale 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. Click here to apply to the Boren Awards.

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 at least a 2.67 cumulative IU GPA.

Gurminder Bedi Scholarship (application due March 1)
The Gurminder Bedi Scholarship provides recognition and financial support to criminal justice students, preferably those interested in juvenile justice and prisoner rights.

Hudnut Scholarship in Public Leadership (application due March 1)
The Hudnut Scholarship in Public Leadership supports undergraduate SPEA students majoring in civic leadership or public policy. Recipients will have the opportunity to intern with the city of Indianapolis.

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 to apply to the Indiana Sheriffs' Association Scholarship

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 Public Safety Endowed Scholarship (application due February 7)
This scholarship supports students who are pursuing a degree in or related to public safety that includes but is not limited to forensics, fire and law enforcement. Students must be Indiana residents to qualify. To apply:

  • Visit CICF to create an account.
  • Gather information needed to create a profile for the online scholarship application portal:
    • Your contact information
    • A digital copy of your transcript
    • Test scores (SAT and/or ACT)
    • Financial information
    • Contact information for two references
  • Find the Jason Baker Public Safety Endowed Scholarship by answering eligibility questions.

This scholarship was created in memory of Marion County Sheriff Deputy Jason M. Baker, who was killed in the line of duty. Jason’s father, Jerry, has served as a law enforcement officer since 1971. Jerry and Sharon Baker established the fund in memory of their son.

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.

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 to the fellowship here.

SPEA Alumni Association Scholarships (application due March 10)
The 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. The following students are eligible for the SPEA Alumni Association scholarship:

  • Current SPEA student; must be returning for the next academic year. *Money will be transferred to bursar account a few weeks before the fall semester.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0; transcript will be verified for proof of academic status.

Apply at One.IU. Click on the student self-service tab. Under "Financial" click on "Campus" Scholarship Application. Although there is no check box for the SPEA Alumni Association Scholarships on the scholarship page in One.IU, students who complete the form and submit the general application by March 10 will be eligible to win this scholarship.

SPEA New Student Scholarship (application due February 1)
This scholarship provides $500 to an incoming freshman who will in their 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 using the general Freshman Scholarship application by February 1 at One.IU.

SPEA Overseas Education Scholarship
SPEA students who study abroad may be eligible for scholarships up to $1,500. For more information, contact Kristine Schuster, or 317-278-1578.

Terry and Pat Baumer Scholarship (application due March 1)
This scholarship provides $500 to an undergraduate student studying criminal justice, sustainable management or policy studies with a 3.2 GPA or higher.

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 money to support undergraduate or graduate coursework at IUPUI. Scholarships range from $500-1,000 annually. For more information, contact Nicole Amonette at Apply to the fellowship here.

Click here for the standard SPEA Scholarship Application