The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is pleased to offer merit scholarships to students enrolled within the disciplines of the College. We encourage all CLAS majors to apply using IU South Bend's Online Scholarship Application by the March 10th deadline. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member, as well as a one-page personal statement, are also due to the CLAS Deans Office (DW 3300) on March 10th. Further information about each award can be found below.
Nick Wort in the CLAS Deans Office (DW3300) will be happy to accept your letters and statements in person, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be reached for questions at 574-520-4267.
The Dean's Scholarships and the Gerkin Scholarship
The College is pleased to provide four merit scholarships to qualified students. There are three Dean's Scholarships--in the Humanities, in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, and in the Natural Sciences. Each scholarship carries an award of $500. Students majoring in the Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science, or Informatics are eligible to apply for the Gerkin Scholarship. This scholarship carries an award of $1,000. To be eligible for one of these scholarships, students must be completing a major within the College, have completed at least 48 hours by the end of the spring semester in which they are applying, and have earned at least a 3.5 overall grade point average. The online application is due March 10th, and your letter of recommendation and personal statement are also due in the Deans' Office on March 10th.
The J. Wesley and Roberta Robbins Scholarship
J. Wesley Robbins joined the IU South Bend faculty in 1967 and was co-founder of the Philosophy Department, in which he served for 36 years. Roberta Robbins is an alumna of the IU South Bend School of Business and Economics. She served for a number of years on the Alumni Board. Preference will be given to students who exhibit an interest in the interaction of science and religion, by their coursework and stated research interests. This scholarship is for $500. The online application is due March 10th, and your letter of recommendation and personal statement are also due in the Deans' Office on March 10th.
The Bender Scholars Program
Professors Harvey and Eileen Bender were distinguished multidisciplinary scholars in the humanities and sciences, who committed their lives to mentoring and encouraging students and colleagues. Their legacy empowers young scholars to extend their knowledge, explore new areas of research, and integrate life experience with their academic endeavors to further Indiana University South Bend's mission of excellent teaching, creation of new knowledge, and service to communities everywhere.
The Bender Scholarship Award will be $1000 for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. The scholarship is awarded for academic merit and will be awarded to a distinguished multidisciplinary student enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) with a major in the sciences or humanities, possessing a demonstrated and continuing involvement in community service and a record of leadership on campus. Eligible students must be juniors or seniors, and have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Recipients in their junior year are eligible to reapply in their senior year. In order to maintain eligibility for the award, students must be full-time and enrolled in 12 or more credit hours in each semester of the academic year while holding the scholarship. The online application is due March 10th, and your letter of recommendation and personal statement are also due in the Deans' Office on March 10th.IU South Bend Online Scholarship Application
Other Scholarship Opportunities
Several departments within the College also administer scholarships for their majors: Biology (Coffman, Grens), Chemistry (Nazaroff, Zeider), Computer Science (Russo, Knight), Criminal Justice (DeGuch, Dulcet, Risler), English (Eileen T. Bender), History (Lamon), Mathematical Sciences (Allen), Physics (CTS), and Sociology/Anthropology (Fritschner, Royer). See the Scholarship website or the individual department websites for more information about these opportunities.
Page updated 12/21/2017