Herbert Presidential Scholars Program

Indiana University offers Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholarships to outstanding Indiana high school seniors with extensive leadership experience. This highly competitive scholarship program is designed to further develop scholars' leadership abilities by providing excellent academic and co-curricular opportunities. Students selected for this scholarship program receive $12,000 per year for four years of study, a laptop, $2,500 for a study abroad experience, and a $1,500 housing stipend freshman year for on-campus housing. Selection requirements vary by campus, and offers of an Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholarship on one IU campus do not automatically extend to all campuses of the university.

Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholars Program Essay:

Leadership is a defining characteristic of our Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholars.

In a 1,000-word, typed essay, describe a recent successful leadership experience you have had. What leadership skills, traits, and talents do you possess that enabled you to be effective in this experience? How did your performance as a leader impact others involved? Describe how your leadership experiences and skills will make you a successful leader at IUPUI and in your professional field.


Excellent SAT or ACT scores, outstanding performance in a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, and leadership experience are required. Semi-finalists for the award must also complete an interview as the final step of the application process.

More Information:

Contact us at honors@iupui.edu or 317-274-2660.