History

We Want You to Be Successful

The Herbert Presidential Scholars Program was created by President Emeritus Adam W. Herbert during his tenure at Indiana University and is considered one of the most prestigious scholarships for IU students. Originally called the Hoosier Presidential Scholars Program, it was renamed the Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholarship by the IU Board of Trustees in 2007 to honor Dr. Herbert and his commitment to talented students from Indiana. The inaugural class of Herbert Presidential Scholars graduated in May of 2009.

Scholarship Funding

The Herbert Presidential Scholars Program is funded by a $10 million grant from the Lilly Endowment and supports its vision to recruit and retain intellectual capital in Indiana. At least 30 incoming Indiana University freshmen are designated as Herbert Presidential Scholars each year.

The Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA) administers the Herbert Presidential Scholars Program and works closely with each IU campus to support every Herbert Presidential Scholar. Created in 1999, OVPDEMA strives to cultivate a diverse, inclusive environment that supports equal access, participation, and representation on all IU campuses.

These students have the potential for high levels of success in their chosen professions. They will be Indiana's future leaders. Our mission is to give them an educational experience commensurate with their exceptional abilities.

Adam W. Herbert, President Emeritus, Indiana University