College / University Partners

Each spring during the CLD Minority Achievers Awards and Scholarship Gala, the Center for Leadership Development has the privilege of awarding some of its alumni with scholarships through our college and university partners. Over $4.5 million scholarship dollars were awarded to 65 CLD Alumni in 2022. Read below to learn about these opportunities for Indianapolis Youth Development.

Eligibility Requirements for the CLD College Partner Scholarships

  • Student must be a graduate of CLD’s Self-Discovery/Career Exploration Project by the spring semester of Junior year
  • Students and parent/caring adult must be graduates of CLD’s College Prep program by the summer of Junior year
  • Students must attend the Emerging Scholars program held in the fall during which applications are distributed to eligible high school Seniors.

Anderson University

Anderson, Indiana

  • One CLD scholarship available
  • Award: Full Tuition (4 years); Scholarship used in conjunction with federal, state, institutional grants to equal full tuition
  • High School GPA: 3.0
  • Test Scores: 1050 (SAT) / 22 (ACT)
  • Interview on campus required
  • Submit admissions application to Anderson University
  • Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form

Ball State University

Muncie, Indiana

Butler University

Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Three CLD scholarships available
  • Award: Full Tuition (4 years. 5 years if student is part of the Engineering Dual Degree Program, Music Therapy and Music Program, or Education/Performance Degree Program)
  • High School GPA: 3.20
  • Test Scores: test scores are no longer a criteria for the award, but please see Butler’s test optional policy here
  • Interview is required during Butler Blue Scholars Day
  • Submit complete admissions application to Butler University. Acceptancce
  • Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form

Central State University

Wilberforce, Ohio

  • Two CLD scholarships available
  • Award: Full Tuition (4 years)
  • High School GPA: 3.5 on 4.0 scale
  • Test Scores: At University’s Discretion
  • Submit admissions application to Central State University
  • Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form (strongly recommended)
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Cornerstone University

Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • Two CLD scholarship available
  • Award: Partial or Full Tuition (4 years)
  • Assistance towards: tuition, fees, room/board, and books
  • High School GPA: 2.50
  • Test Scores: At University’s Discretion
  • Submit admissions application to Cornerstone University
  • Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form

Depauw University

Greencastle, Indiana

  • Two CLD scholarships available
  • Award: Full Tuition (4 years)
  • High School GPA: 3.50 (unweighted)
  • Test scores: 1100 (SAT) / 26 (ACT)
  • Submit admissions application to DePauw University
  • Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form

Earlham College

Richmond, Indiana

  • Two CLD scholarships available
  • Award: Full demonstrated need met (4 years, for undergraduate study)
  • High School GPA: 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Test scores: 1150 critical reading + math (SAT) / 25 (ACT)
  • Submit admissions application to Earlham College
  • Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form

Franklin College

Franklin, Indiana

Grace College

Winona Lake, Indiana

  • Two CLD scholarships available
  • Award: Full demonstrated need met (4 years0.
  • High School GPA: 2.75
  • Test scores: Not required
  • Submit 5-minute Lancer Application
  • Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form by March 1st for priority

Hanover College

Hanover, Indiana

Indiana State University

Terre Haute, Indiana

  • Two CLD scholarships available
  • Award: Full Tuition (4 years)
  • High School GPA: 3.0
  • Test Scores: Test Optional
  • Evidence of involvement in school/community leadership and volunteerism
  • Submit admissions application to Indiana State University
  • Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form

Indiana University

Bloomington, Indiana

IUPUI (Indianapolis Campus)

Indianapolis, Indiana

Indiana Wesleyan University

Marion, Indiana

  • One CLD scholarship available
  • Award: Full Tuition renewable for 8 consecutive semesters and membership in the Luther Lee Scholars Cohort of intercultural leaders
  • Attend the interview day on January 26th, or attend an alternate interview day if selected as a finalist
  • Meet one of the following criteria: Rank in the top 10 percent of graduating class or GPA of 3.6 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Consideration for the Luther Lee Scholars cohort considers academic achievement, community leadership involvement, and scholar-leader’s vision for social justice
  • Complete application for admission to IWU
  • Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, Indiana

Marian University

Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Two CLD scholarships available
  • Award: Full Tuition (4 years)
  • High School GPA: 3.0
  • Test Scores: 1000 (SAT Critical Reading & Math) or 1080 (New 2016 SAT Critical Reading & Math) / 22 (ACT)
  • Submit admissions application to Marian University
  • Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form

North Carolina A&T State University

Greensboro, North Carolina

Purdue University

West Lafayette, Indiana

  • Two or more CLD scholarships available
  • Award: Up to the cost of full tuition for 4 years
  • High School GPA: 3.0 or higher
  • Test Scores: At University’s Discretion
  • Submit admissions application to Purdue University
  • Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Terre Haute, Indiana

  • Up to five CLD scholarships available
  • Award: Up to cost of attendance. Meet full demonstrated financial need. Support will come through need and/or merit-institutional scholarship, federal and/or state grants, Federal Direct loans, private scholarships, and/or student employment.
  • Student must be ranked in Top 15% of High School Class
  • Test Scores: At University’s Discretion
  • Submit admissions application to Rose-Hulman
  • Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form
  • Participate in Academic Merit Scholarship Selection Weekend

Saint Mary Of The Woods College

Saint Mary of the Woods, Indiana

Taylor University

Upland, Indiana

  • Two CLD scholarships available
  • Award: Full Tuition (4 years) – Scholarship used in conjunction with federal, state, and institutional grants to equal full tuition
  • High School GPA: 3.0 or higher
  • Test Scores: At University’s Discretion
  • Faith commitment (expressed relationship with Christ)
  • Submit admissions application to Taylor University; Application fees waived
  • Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form 

University of Evansville

Evansville, Indiana

  • One CLD scholarship available
  • Award: Each scholarship is valued at full-tuition for four (4) years provided standard of academic progress is met
  • High School GPA: 2.80
  • Full-time enrollment required; 3 year on-campus residency required
  • Campus visit highly encouraged
  • Submit complete admissions application by December 1 – Admissions Decision Required for CLD Scholar
  • Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form no later than December 15th 
  • After application review, must complete an interview with program coordinators at UE

University of Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Two CLD scholarships available
  • Award: Full tuition (4 years)
  • High School GPA: 3.0 or greater
  • Test Scores: At University’s Discretion
  • Have a campus visit with the Scholarship Committee
  • Scholarship may be renewed with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or greater and successful completion of 30 credit hours each year
  • Submit admissions application to University of Indianapolis
  • Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form

University of Notre Dame

South Bend, Indiana

  • Up to five CLD scholarships available worth $25,000 renewable for four years
  • Award: Meets the full demonstrated financial need up to cost of attendance for students who complete the required financial aid applications. Financial need is met through need and/or merit-institutional scholarship, federal and/or state grants, Federal Direct loans, Notre Dame Subsidized Loan, private scholarships, and/or student employment.
  • High School GPA: No set high school GPA. For more information regarding our holistic evaluation process, please visit https://admissions.nd.edu/apply/evaluation-criteria/
  • Test Scores: Test optional for 2022 and 2023 application cycles
  • Submit admissions application to University of Notre Dame
  • Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and the CSS/Financial Aid Profile

Vincennes University

Vincennes, Indiana

  • One CLD scholarship available (up to $6,000/year)
  • Award: Assistance up to 4 years for tuition, fees and books
  • High School GPA: 2.75 or greater
  • Class Rank: Top 20% of class
  • Test Scores: 1010 (SAT math and verbal) or greater / 21 (ACT) or greater
  • Submit admissions application to Vincennes University
  • Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form

Wabash College

Crawfordsville, Indiana

  • Two CLD scholarship available
  • Award: Merit based scholarship awards up to $30,000/year up to 4 years; Amounts based on student’s GPA and test scores
  • High School GPA: 3.5 on 4.0 scale
  • Test Scores: No minimum requirement
  • Additional scholarships include: Wabash Lilly Award (full-ride) and honors scholarships (require additional application and/or campus visit)
  • Submit complete admissions application to Wabash College
  • Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form