Hoosier Heroes: Eligibility Requirements

Students may participate in the Hoosier Heroes™ scholarship competition if they:

• are a student currently enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade
• attend a public, private, parochial or home-school in Indiana

Nomination Rules and Requirements

  • Nominees must be living.
  • Nominees must have lived in Indiana at some point in their lives, but they do not have to be Indiana residents at the time of nomination.
  • Students may submit only one nomination per category.
  • Students may not submit the same nomination for multiple categories.
  • Nomination essays must be the student's own work and address EACH of the following:
    • Hoosier Hero's Indiana background
    • Hoosier Hero's accomplishments/contributions
    • Why the student admires the Hoosier Hero
    • How the Hoosier Hero has inspired/motivated the student and/or others
  • Nomination Essays should be typed in Times New Roman 12-point font, double spaced, and no more than 1200 words. Essays submitted online must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format!
  • The following should be listed in the upper right hand corner of each page of a Hoosier Heroes nomination essay
    • Student's First and Last Name
    • Junior or Senior (specify)
    • Name of High School
    • Name of Teacher
    • Hoosier Hero's Name
    • Page Number
  • Each Hoosier Heroes nomination essay MUST be accompanied by a Hoosier Heroes nomination form. Online submissions require the completion of the online nomination form.
  • Entries will be judged on the quality of the nominations: i.e. writing quality, persuasiveness, research completed, inspirational value and thoughtfulness.
  • Judges' decisions are final.


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