Financial Aid

Outside Scholarships

How Outside Scholarships Affect Your Financial Aid Package

Getting an outside, or private scholarship can reduce the amount of financial aid you need to receive from your college, but that does not mean that you will have to pay a bigger share of your college costs.  It's actually a pretty cool exchange.  Scholarship dollars replace financial-aid dollars!

What is an Outside Scholarship?

An outside scholarship is a scholarship awarded by an organization other than the government or your college.  These scholarships are usually sponsored by employers or community organizations, for example and should be reported to your college's financial aid office in order to prevent what is called an "overaward".  If all the aid a student receives ends up being $300 or more above what is needed, the college must reduce the aid it offers.  It is up to your college to decide what type of financial aid to reduce or cut if you receive an outside scholarship.

For a detailed list of Outside Scholarships, please click the Mastodon below to view our most current information.  When viewing, please remember that scholarship data is displayed by row - from left to right; top-down.  A few additional scholarships are also listed below...

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Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) - Civil Engineering Scholarship

INDOT is offering a scholarship opportunity to students seeking a degree in civil engineering.  The scholarship pays up to $3,125 per semester, and students would receive full-time, paid employment during summer breaks and upon graduation.


  • Interested students must be accepted or enrolled full time in one of Indiana's Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology programs.  Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne's program is eligible!
  • Must have completed at least one year of college level education or will complete one year of college by May 2018.
  • Must possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Scholarship funds must be used for qualified educational expenses including tuition, fees and books.
  • Ideal candidates are students who have a desire to make an impact on their community and to improve Indiana's infrastructure; students who have a positive attitude and are motivated to be successful; students who have a willingness to learn and to take take ownership of their work.

Required Documentation:

  • Application     (Click Here)
  • Resume
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation
  • Official academic transcript
  • Additional document for short answers on application, if additional space needed
  • Application is emailed or postmarked by December 31, 2017 or earlier
  • Submit the application and required documents to or mail to this address:  Indiana Department of Transportation  100 N Senate Ave, Room N751   Indianapolis, IN  46204

If you have questions, contact K.D. Thurman at or 317-234-8551.

BestMattressReviews - Sleep Scholarship

At, they value education and want to give back to our community at large.  They are also passionate about promoting sleep awareness and created this scholarship to both help further that cause and to help students pay for the increasing costs or higher education.  This scholarship award is for $1,000 and is intended to be used for tuition during the 2018-2019 school year.


  • Applicants must be current high school seniors attending school in the United States OR current college students already studying at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens
  • Applicants must be anticipating completion of high school diploma at time of application or already in possession of high school diploma / GED
  • Applicants must be planning to or already currently pursuing a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
  • Applicants must be carrying a minimum GPA of 3.0 currently or at the end of their senior year

Required Documentation:

  • Application process includes the creation of a short video
  • Create a single page google word doc that elaborates on answering assigned questions
  • For details concerning the video and a list of questions, Please Click Here
  • A link to your video, google doc, etc. should be emailed to
  • Deadline for submission is May 19, 2018