Graduate Fellowships and Grants

Leighton Graduate Fellowships

Open to all students, the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics Graduate Fellowship Program invites applications from students with a demonstrated record of excellence at the undergraduate level along with evidence or promise of a strong professional career. Each Leighton Fellow will receive up to $5,000* per year, renewable for two additional years, as long as the Fellow maintains a graduate business GPA of at least 3.0.

To be eligible for a Leighton fellowship, a student must:

  1. Have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution that meets the requirements for admission to graduate school at IU South Bend, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale
  2. Have scored at least 550 on the GMAT
  3. Complete all admission requirements and submit the Judd Leighton Graduate Fellowship Application Form by July 1 (for fall), November 1 (for spring), or April 1 (for summer)
  4. Receive full admission to the MBA, MSA or MS-MIT program
  5. Enroll and complete at least 15 credit hours over a twelve month consecutive period (period starts from semester of admission) for each year awarded a Fellowship

Michiana Economic Development Award

This scholarship is designed to help develop a more educated workforce in the Metropolitan Statistical Area known as Michiana, which is defined by the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce as “counties that include Elkhart, La Porte, Marshall, St. Joseph and Starke in Indiana, and Berrien and Cass in Michigan.”

For graduate students, the scholarship allows for a limited number of qualified out-of-state students to receive an award of $300 per credit hour, with a maximum of 45 credit hours per student. The criteria is:

  • Must be a legal U.S. citizen, but not a resident of Indiana.
  • Full or part-time enrollment, with no break in enrollment (excluding summer terms).
  • Must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must be admitted to a graduate program at the time the award is given.
  • Must maintain a 3.0 or higher graduate GPA.
  • Must maintain continuous enrollment for the fall and spring semesters.

For more information contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, at (574) 520-4357.

To apply, please visit the IU South Bend Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships homepage at https://www.iusb.edu/scholarships/. While at the homepage, you can find a link for the Online Scholarship Application, which enables students to be considered for over 200 scholarship opportunities! Also provided is a link to a list of other outside scholarships available to students.

Graduate Articulation Grant

This grant assists residents of southwestern Michigan who are enrolled in selected graduate programs at IU South Bend by providing a need-based nonresident tuition grant. Award amounts vary depending on the program and the number of credits in which a student is enrolled. Awards are reviewed and awarded on a semester by semester basis as funds allow. To be considered, the following criteria must be met:

  • Must be a legal U.S. citizen residing in southwestern Michigan
  • Must be pursuing one of the following academic goals: a master’s degree in one of the graduate programs offered by IU South Bend, a graduate certificate program, prerequisite coursework (undergraduate or graduate) required for admission to or in conjunction with a graduate degree program, or a teacher certification program.
  • Must have and maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA. (If at any time a student’s semester and/or cumulative GPA falls below 3.0, the student is ineligible to receive the award.)
  • Must submit the Articulation Grant Application and the FAFSA on an annual basis.

For more information contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, at (574) 520-4357.

To apply, please visit the IU South Bend Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships homepage at https://www.iusb.edu/scholarships/. While at the homepage, you can find a link for the Online Scholarship Application, which enables students to be considered for over 200 scholarship opportunities! Also provided is a link to a list of other outside scholarships available to students.