89% of first-time, full-time Vincennes University students receive financial assistance in the form of grants and/or scholarships to help pay for college -- including more than $1 million in VU Foundation scholarships and grants.

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Submit just one scholarship application and we will take care of finding scholarships you are eligible for within the Vincennes University listings.  File by January 15 for top consideration. We award scholarships on a rolling basis.

For first time students, your application for admission to VU contains your scholarship application. No additional form is necessary.

For current students only, please use the following application link to apply for consideration. If you have any questions, please contact your admissions counselor.

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Housing Scholarship

For Fall 2022 and Spring 2023, all newly admitted students and eligible returning students receive the Residential Opportunity Scholarship - a housing scholarship worth up to $2,500* per year for two years of study!

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Vincennes University offers 4 academic scholarships: Academic Honors, Blue and Gold, Presidential, and Valedictorian/Salutatorian. Students must complete the VU Foundation Scholarship Application, file their FAFSA, and meet the academic criteria.

The award is contingent upon your enrollment at Vincennes University and meeting all the specific scholarship criteria.  

  1. Sign in to MyVU
  2. Under Student Support, click Financial Aid
  3. Click Eligibility
  4. Click Student Requirements
  5. Select the Aid Year and click Submit
  6. Click Academic Scholarship Agreement
  7. Follow the directions to submit your acknowledgment and accept the award
Dollars For Scholars

If you have been awarded a Dollars for Scholars Scholarship from your high school, Vincennes University will automatically match up to $250 for the year! There are no additional forms to complete. We will award the additional $250 from VU once we receive your DFS scholarship check.

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Helpful Tips & Resources

A frequent misconception about scholarships is that they are only available to the highest ranking academically. The average and above average student often don’t apply because they don’t think they will qualify. While academic ranking and grades are important, that is only one part of your student’s credentials. 

Most students and parents are not fully informed about scholarship opportunities available to them. There are many sources for scholarships. Some examples are: 

  • All universities that the student is considering attending 
  • County Community Foundations 
  • Veteran’s Organizations 
  • Clubs 
  • Associations related to field of study 

Scholarships generally have a variety of criteria that have to be met by the recipient. Criteria is what the donor (may be a person, group, company or organization) determines are important points regarding the student(s) they want to assist. Universities and organizations are interested in finding the applicant(s) who best fit the criteria for a scholarship award. 

Common university and organization scholarship criteria may include any or a combination of: 

  • Resident area (state, city, county, portion of county, school corporation) 
  • Grade point average (GPA) (may be as much as a 3.5 or a minimum of 2.0 that must be maintained at all times)
  • Class Ranking 
  • Student status – Full time or Part time (typical full time is 12 credit hours or more, part time is 6-11 credit hours) 
  • Major of study 
  • Family affiliation with or membership in an organization 
  • Leadership qualities 
  • Talent in an area related to major 
  • Financial need 

How to find scholarships:

  • Newspapers: clip information on scholarships distributed within the community that your student meets the qualifications for.
  • Online: university websites (ex: many websites have information about the scholarships they offer.
  • Online: There are many FREE websites that offer tips and resources for scholarship searches. We suggest you create a separate email when using these scholarship search resources.
  • School guidance office/Senior Counselor(s): one of the best resources for local scholarships. 
Local communities have scholarships available to local residents. Indiana students can check out this list of Indiana Community Foundation scholarships.


To successfully qualify for scholarships, students need to begin working right away on “setting themselves apart” from the other applicants. 

  • Improve grades and study habits. 
  • Track extra-curricular activities (community, school, church, athletics, job) Consider leadership positions if the student is able to do so without adversely affecting grades. Make note of awards received, offices held, responsibilities, etc. 
  • Request letters of recommendation from those who are directly related to the activities. 
  • Start building the student’s “resume”. 
  • Take the SAT or ACT more than once if needed, to improve scores. 
  • Pay attention to deadlines and application requirements.

Contact Information

Financial Aid Office

Scholarship Information