Scholarships blaze pathway to remarkable futures - External Relations
Scholarships blaze pathway to remarkable futures
VINCENNES, Ind. – Education is power. It liberates. It creates
opportunity. It gives people the capability to change their lives and
change the world.
With an education, you can improve your opportunities, contribute to
your family, make an impact on the world, and is the best way to pave
your career path. Vincennes University is committed to affordability,
removing barriers, and providing opportunities through its
scholarships and more than 180 academic programs. VU graduates are
employed in a broad range of fields, including in many growing and
According to leading experts at Georgetown University, 70 percent of
jobs by 2027 will require education beyond high school.
VU President Dr. Chuck Johnson
VU and the Vincennes
University Foundation have hundreds of scholarships available
for VU students pursuing higher education during the 2020-21 academic
year. These scholarships match nearly every career goal, passion, and
dream. VU offers associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and
Almost $2 million was awarded to incoming and returning VU students
across 1,384 scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year. These awards
included students from across Indiana, nine states and six
“Even though VU remains a great value, higher education is a large
investment. Yet, it remains one of the best investments a person can
make. Through the generosity of our donors, VU and the VU Foundation
can help many VU students and families get an even greater return on
their investment,” VU President Chuck Johnson said.
Dustin Stein, 2018 VU Graduate
Affordability drove Dustin Stein’s decision to attend VU. He
graduated debt-free in 2018. Stein, who lives in Knox County and has
deep ties to VU, is currently a recruit in the Indiana Law Enforcement
Academy and is pursuing a career as an Indiana State Trooper.
“I chose VU because I was told they have one of the best Law
Enforcement programs around and it was completely paid for by my
scholarships,” he said. “However much money you can save, it is going
to help you out in the long run and I was one that didn’t want to
graduate with thousands of dollars in student debt. I know being 21
years old with no student debt is pretty impressive. Some of my
teachers in high school said they just now got theirs paid off, and
they were 45 and 50."
By filling out just one application, students have access to almost
all of the scholarships VU offers. There is no grade point average
requirement for many scholarships. Plus, it is never too late to apply.
Different types of scholarships are available. Some are need-based,
while some are merit-based. Some are awarded based on geography.
Others are specific to majors.
Kristi Deetz, Vincennes University
The University and
Foundation combine to provide as much support as possible to students.
“We have scholarships as varied as the education opportunities we
offer. Some are designed around academic success, but not all require
a specific grade point average (GPA). Some scholarships are based on
geography because a donor wants to support students from their area
while others are centered on a major or industry,” Executive Director
of the Vincennes University Foundation and Senior Director of
Institutional Advancement Kristi Deetz said. "We also have funds
that are less restricted and allow for us to address emerging
scholarship needs for our students."
VU students, alumni, and their families are enjoying life-changing
opportunities because of the education, scholarships, and a wide
variety of available resources.
Will Akins, 2016 VU Graduate
VU offers the lowest tuition of any residential college in Indiana
and that was an added advantage for Will Akins, who earned an
associate degree in Music from VU in 2016.
“My first year of college was completely and totally paid for through
scholarships and grants,” he said. “Those scholarships really did come
in handy from my point of view of just being able to worry about
getting up, going to class, doing my homework, and going to
rehearsals. I was able to actually just focus on learning. I didn’t
have to worry about money. I didn’t have to worry about having to find
a job, so I can actually support myself.”
There’s more to college life than classes. Akins, who is from
Merrillville near Chicago, soaked in VU’s vibrant campus atmosphere
and immersed himself in campus life by singing the National Anthem at
events, serving as a campus tour guide, attending basketball games,
and performing in musicals and plays.
“I loved VU,” he said. “I did a lot of cool things and met a lot of
cool people. I really hold those experiences close to me. All of my
piano technique I learned at VU. All of my vocal technique and chorale
technique I learned at VU.”
After VU, Akins transferred to Indiana State University. He studied
music education and graduated in 2019. He’s following his passion for
music and was recently hired as an activities coordinator and
professional piano player for Carnival Cruise Line.
Scholarships like these fuel students’ futures:
The William Henry Harrison Foundation Scholarship is named for
VU’s founder and ninth U.S. President and is for all types of
students, full, part-time, or summer school, traditional or
non-traditional. A minimum 2.0 grade point average is required.
Recipients of the Donald G. Bell Scholarship bring special
credentials (performing, leadership, academic, etc.) that will be a
credit to VU. Incoming freshmen must graduate high school with at
least a 2.0 GPA.
The Lilly Housing Grant is awarded to students living in VU
housing, who maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need.
William E. Lyons Scholarships are awarded to students majoring in
Business or Humanities at the main campus. Preference is given based
on financial need or exemplary merit.
The Edwin York Scholarship is available to cover the costs of
tuition, books, and fees for up to two complete years for students
primarily from Knox and Gibson counties.
The Grabbe-Utley Scholarship is a $5,000 renewable scholarship
awarded to students in any major who graduated from a Knox County
public high school.
The Polk-Decker Memorial Scholarship is a four-year award and
recipients, who graduated from a Knox County high school, are
eligible to receive up to $3,000 per year. Students can attend VU
all four years or attend two at VU and two at another university.
They must maintain a 2.0 GPA.
Dean J. & E. Hill Academic Scholarships are awarded to
full-time, second-year students with a 2.75 GPA or higher.
Children of Vincennes University Alumni Scholarships are based on
academic achievement in high school, financial need, and applicants
must be a dependent of a VU alum. Students must graduate in the
upper two-thirds of their high school graduating class.
The Vincennes University Foundation Scholarship is awarded to
full-time or part-time students.
Primary consideration is given to Daviess County students for the
Dyal & Violet Wadsworth Scholarship.
The Winifred Wiseman White Scholarship is for full-time students
in any major. A minimum 3.0 GPA is necessary and the award is
eligible for renewal.
Meredith and Aileen Badollet Scholarships are awarded to students
in low to middle-income brackets, who are enrolled at Vincennes or
Jasper campuses and are residents of Knox or Dubois counties or
possibly Southwest Indiana. A 2.5 GPA must be maintained.
Illinois residents are primarily considered for the Dunseth
Special Fund Scholarship. Students can be full time or part-time.
Through the generosity of the Alexandra Clark Trust, a $1 million
donation created a permanent endowment to provide renewable
scholarships to students in the Practical Nursing program. Named
after Clark and her husband, the Alexandra Clark and Oscar Dunn LPN
Scholarship is a scholarship that offers financial support through
all three semesters of the program.
January 15 was the priority deadline for some VU scholarships, but
scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, so it is never too late