College Of Fellowes Scholarship Essays

The IUPUI Honors College offers high ability incoming freshmen the opportunity to apply for the Bepko Scholars and Fellows Program, the Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholars Program, the Plater International Scholars Program, and the IUPUI Chancellor’s Scholars Program.

Our scholarship recipients are selected based on a variety of factors: strength of academic curriculum in high school, standardized test results, grade trends, and qualities specified in each scholarship program. 

Students must apply online and submit an essay. The Bepko Scholars and Fellows Program, the Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholars Program, and the Plater International Scholars Program also require a scholarship résumé and two letters of recommendation. Semi-finalists for these three scholarship programs also must complete an interview as the final step of the application process.

Honors College scholarship amounts replace any admission-based scholarship for which a student may be eligible.

Bepko Scholars and Fellows Program

The Bepko Scholars and Fellows Program is designed for students who demonstrate integrity, dedication, leadership, and a commitment to service.

Students selected for this scholarship program receive undergraduate tuition up to the Indiana resident rate, fees, a $2,500 study abroad stipend, and books for four years of study. Bepko Scholars also receive two years of on-campus housing and are required to live in the Honors Residential Community their freshman year.

Bepko Scholars who attend IUPUI for graduate or professional study receive $5,000 per year for four years and are named Bepko Fellows.

Applicants must be Indiana residents.

Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholars Program

The Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholarship is designed for outstanding Indiana high school seniors with extensive leadership experience.

Students selected for this scholarship receive $12,000 per year for four years of study, a laptop, a $2,500 study abroad stipend, and a $1,500 housing stipend freshman year for on-campus housing.

Applicants must be Indiana residents.

Plater International Scholars Program

The Plater International Scholars Program is designed for exceptional incoming freshmen with an interest in international affairs and cross-cultural experiences.

Plater International Scholars will be actively involved in international programming, both off and on campus. In close cooperation with the Office of International Affairs, recipients of the Plater International Scholarship will be exposed to high profile international visitors, international seminars, and lectures.

Students selected for this scholarship receive $12,000 per year for four years of study, a $2,500 study abroad stipend, and a $2,500 housing stipend for their freshman year.

One international student will be selected for the Plater International Scholarship. This student is eligible to receive the amounts listed above, as well as the admission-based IUPUI Outstanding Scholarship.

For more information on undergraduate admission and scholarship opportunities for international students, please visit

IUPUI Chancellor’s Scholars Program

The Chancellor's Scholarship is designed for highly motivated, well-rounded incoming freshmen who have excelled in high school and are committed to academic excellence. This competitive scholarship program offers Indiana residents $8,000 annually for four years. Nonresident students will receive $19,000 annually for four years. Students selected for this scholarship program also will receive $2,500 for a study abroad experience.

IUPUI is now a member of the Midwest Student Exchange Program. Beginning Fall 2016, IUPUI will grant an MSEP award to admitted students in specific majors who are legal residents of Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

The MSEP award grants a tuition reduction equal to 150 percent of the in-state resident tuition rate to nonresidents from these states admitted to specific programs. MSEP awardees selected for a Chancellor’s Scholarship are eligible to receive $8,000 annually for four years.

Using a previous scholarship essay contest we hosted, where our judges received more than 4,000 essays, we noticed some frequent mistakes students make that can instantly disqualify you from an essay contest.

We thought to ourselves, "Hello, learning opportunity!

Here, an example of what NOT to do in an essay – and some tips on making yourself a better candidate for scholarship cash.

Here’s one of the essays we received for a previous scholarship contest, to help you learn the do’s and don’ts of essay writing:

“To be able to hold onto your money you have to know how to manage it. Money management is a complicated process. As teenagers we often have no idea how to manage money and we end up wasting a lot of it. But in a bad economy most of us have had a crash course in what happens when you don’t manage your money properly. We have had to delve into a world foreign and unfamiliar to us and solve our own money problems. The most successful of us have managed to still have some semblance of a social life without going over our small budgets. The keys to doing this successfully are actually quite simple.

Set up your own budget of expenses. Teenagers may not have to worry about paying a mortgage or rent but we do have to be able to pay for gas, insurance for our vehicles, and the never ending list of project expenses and supplies for classes. So you have to sit down and balance what you spend in a month with what you actually make, and whether that’s the money you get for your birthday that you manage to stretch with help from mom’s pocketbook or it’s the minimum wage that you get from the local fast food joint where you have managed to find employment the money comes from somewhere and it needs to be written down.

Review your expenses daily. This includes balancing your checkbook and reviewing your online statements, as well as calculating any emergency expenses that you were not considering. This needs to be fluid as sometimes things come up that you just couldn’t have forseen.

You have to get creative. You are not always going to have the time to sit there with a calculator crunching numbers so create small ways to keep thing balanced without having to. Send yourself easy phone reminders about a few of your expenses. Always bring your school id with you because a lot of places will give students discounted rates. And finally, just remember where your money is going it will help.”

So, what was wrong and what was right?

One thing the essay writer did correctly was to stay within the word count for the contest.

The essay contest stated within the rules that essays should range from 250-350 words and this essay comes in at 349 words. Good job!

Another positive is that the writer stayed on topic and answered the question that was presented.

However, even though the writer did stay on topic, the response took a meandering approach and didn’t take a strong or memorable stance. In short, the “meat” of the essay wasn’t there. Think of it this way: sum up in one sentence what you want the reviewer to know and remember after reading your essay. Did you get that across in a clear and concise way?

Each essay should get across at least one breakout idea (aka, the thesis statement) and the rest of the essay should focus on selling that point. If it’s a new, creative or off-beat idea, focus on selling and explaining that. If it’s a common idea, focus on trying to say it better than anyone else.

Here are a few more examples of what the essay writer did wrong:

Misspellings –

Misspellings are the fastest way to ensure an essay is disqualified. When combing through a stack of essays, a judge will first rule out the essays with simple misspellings. Long story short: run a spell check and have someone else you trust look over it. It’s always best to get a second set of eyes.

Incomplete sentences – Remember, each sentence should have a subject (someone or something) and a verb (action). Wondering if your sentence is complete? Here’s a hint: A complete sentence tells a complete thought.

No capitalization –

it’s bad enough not to capitalize words at the beginning of a sentence, but at the beginning of a paragraph it stands out even more! Yikes!

Missing punctuation –

In this example, the writer does not have proper command over the use of commas — namely they are missing in places they should have been added and added places they are not required.

Poor grammar and sentences that don’t make sense –

The essay writer uses poor word choices, improper grammar and mistakes such as having too many spaces between words. Another example of poor grammar is the confusion of grammatical persons — in the beginning of the essay the writer uses the first person plural (we) and toward the end, the writer uses the second person (you).

Run-on sentences –

In this essay, one sentence has 72 words. As a rule, try to keep sentences no longer than 35 words each.

Keep these tips in mind the next time you write an essay. Remember, you don’t want to give the judges any reason to disqualify your essay right off the bat.

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