Indiana Black Expo, Inc. is committed to assisting Indiana students in their pursuit of higher education. Scholarships will be awarded to current high school seniors and students currently enrolled in a post secondary institution who exhibit outstanding leadership, scholarship and community service. Emphasis will be placed on financial need and first generation students. 

Each applicant will be evaluated based on the application information provided and recipients will be selected by a review committee. The scholarships are funded by proceeds from the Circle City Classic® Football Game and are payable upon recipient’s full-time enrollment in a post secondary institution. More than $4.4 million has been awarded to students since 1984.

  • Must be a high school senior or an undergraduate student
  • Must be an Indiana resident
  • Must have demonstrated academic success with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Must enroll full-time at an accredited college, university, community or junior college or vocational/technical program in the fall of 2017
  • Must demonstrate financial need and/or must be a first generation college student (first to enroll in post-secondary education institution in your immediate family)
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident in possession of a valid Alien Registration Receipt Card (INS Form I-551, commonly known as a “green card”)
  • Must complete a scholarship application
  • May not be a family member of IBE Board of Directors or staff – which includes children, siblings, parents, uncles, aunts, first cousins, grandparents, nieces and nephews
  • Must not be placed on academic probation by the university to receive the second disbursement of the annual scholarship award

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  • Scholarship applications are submitted to a review panel
  • Applicants will be notified by mail and/or emailed regarding the status of their scholarship application 6-8 weeks following the deadline
  • Scholarship recipients will be sent a terms & conditions form that must be returned by the deadline specified; if recipients do not respond, they forfeit the scholarship for the entire year
  • All scholarship recipients must submit fall semester transcripts before they receive their Spring Semester disbursement
  • Recipients must maintain a Grade Point Average of 2.5; if the recipient falls below 2.5 GPA he/she will not receive their Spring Semester disbursement
  • Those willing to perform community service/volunteer work
  • Agree to the terms and conditions of the scholarship
  • Agree to participate in program webinars, online blogs or discussion boards throughout the academic school year
  • Application deadline for 2018:  March 4, 2018

  • Official Transcript (most recent High School or College) or GED Certificate;
  • Completed FAFSA Form (must include all pages of the FAFSA form)
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (All recommendation letters must be included with scholarship application.)


  • Applicant must complete THE personal statement essay, included in the application, addressing the following question, “Tell us your life story? Describe any personal life challenges you have overcome that developed your character and contributed to your desire to attain your goal of pursuing higher education?”

  • First generation (those who are the first in their family to graduate from college);
  • Financial Need (low-income)