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Franklin College offers academic scholarships that range from $2,500 to full tuition and are given based on the strength of each student's academic records, test scores and leadership experience.
- Applying for Academic Scholarships at Franklin
- Ben Franklin Scholars
- Other Franklin College Academic Scholarships
- Out-of-State Students
- Departmental & Endowed Scholarships
- Twenty-First Century Scholars, Lilly Scholars & Grants
- Indianapolis Public Schools AP Achievement Award
- Submit a completed Franklin College Application for Admission and provide all requested materials.
- Students who apply by December 1 will receive scholarship notification prior to December 31.
- Students who apply after December 1 will receive scholarship notification on a rolling basis.
Students in the top 10% of their graduating class with an SAT score at or above 1760 or an ACT score at or above 26 will be the most competitive candidates for top academic scholarships. Ben Franklin Day for Scholars (BFDS) is an invitation only program where students have the opportunity to interview for our most prestigious scholarships. Invited students will be notified on or before January 4th. Students invited to BFDS will have the opportunity to interview for academic scholarships ranging from $12,000 – Full Tuition. Applications must be postmarked on or before December 1 to be considered for Ben Franklin Day for Scholars.
|Scholarship||Award Criteria||Annual Amounts||Award Maintenance|
|Distinguished Deans Scholarship||
Awarded to limited number of entering students in the top 20% of their class; SAT of 1600 or higher or ACT at or above 25
|$10,000 - $12,000||Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA|
|Discovery Scholarship||Awarded to limited number of entering students in the top 50% of their class; SAT of 1400 or higher or ACT at or above 22||$7,000 - $9,000||Students must maintain a 2.75 GPA|
|Directors Scholarship||Awarded to a limited number of students who display academic potential and or financial need.||$2,500 - $6,000||Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA|
Franklin College understands that students who leave their home state to attend college leave their state funds behind. For this reason, Franklin College has established an out-of-state grant in the amount of $4,000 to be awarded to students from outside Indiana. Students must apply by December 1st to receive the full award. After December 1st, awards may range from $1,000-$4,000.
Aside from the scholarships listed above which are administered by the Office of Financial Aid, some academic departments and independent contributors provide scholarships to qualified students on a competitive basis. Descriptions are provided below.
The National Pulliam Journalism Scholarship
Franklin College will award one full-tuition scholarship each year to a student interested in studying journalism, from an endowment provided by the late Eugene C. Pulliam, former publisher of newspapers in Indianapolis, Phoenix and other cities. Students who indicate that they intend to major in journalism on their application for admission to Franklin College will automatically be considered for this award. Top applicants may be contacted by the journalism department for additional materials and invited to an interview in the final stages of the selection process.
Franklin College offers various financial aid awards to students involved in the music program. Scholarships may be awarded to prospective students who have been accepted to the college and are available for music majors, music minors, music endorsements and students who have an interest in continuing music activities through performance ensembles and private applied lessons. Selection criteria includes previous performance activities and a music audition. These are tuition-only awards. Contact the Music Department for more information at (317) 738-8271.
The art department offers scholarships annually to students who demonstrate excellence in the visual arts. These scholarships are given to students based on the following criteria:
- An excellent portfolio and interview;
- Active participation in the growth of the art department;
- The pursuit of an art major or art minor.
Students must maintain good academic standing, carry a professional attitude, and fulfill their obligations by enrolling in the required number of art courses required for their art major or minor. Scholarships are renewable on an annual basis AS LONG AS the student has fulfilled their commitments and that funds are available. Click here for more information
You can click here to be directed to a list of endowed scholarships. (Please note most of these endowed scholarships are awarded to a student(s) utilizing their application for admission or their annual financial aid applicaton (requiring no seperate appliation) while others require the student to submit materials such as essays for consideration.)
Twenty-First Century Scholars
Franklin College will guarantee full tuition for any Pell eligible Twenty-First Century Scholar with a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and half tuition for all other Twenty-First Century Scholar through a combination of state, federal and FC grants/scholarships. Twenty-First Century Scholars must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form by March 10. Financial assistance may be available for room and board depending on financial need.
Because the Lilly Scholarship covers full tuition to any college or your choice, Franklin College will apply any of its own scholarships or grants you have received to the cost of room and board if you choose to attend Franklin College.
- Eligible students must be a graduate of an Indianapolis Public Schools High School.
- Student must have completed at least two AP, International Baccalaureate or Dual Enrollment courses by the end of their senior year.
- Student must have received a minimum of B- or higher in their AP, International Baccalaureate or Dual Enrollment courses. Final grades will be requested at the end of the school year to confirm eligibility.
- Student must have a weighted cumulative G.P.A. of 3.25 or higher.
- Student must be recommended for the IPS AP Achievement Award by an IPS teacher or administrator. Nomination forms will be provided by Franklin College.
- Student must submit a personal statement describing their future goals and aspirations. The personal statement must address how Franklin College can help them achieve their goals, how they would benefit from receiving the IPS AP Achievement Award Scholarship, and how they plan on contributing to the Franklin College campus community.
- Student must have a completed application for admission by Friday, January 13, 2011.
- Student must file the FAFSA application by March 10.
Two of these awards will be granted annually. If you are an IPS teacher or administer and would like to recommend a student, please complete this nomination form and send all materials to Lisa Kawamoto at the Franklin College Office of Admission. Lisa can be reached at (317) 738-8065 or firstname.lastname@example.org.