Thomasson Scholars Program

Driving social impact through leadership in business

The Thomasson Scholars Program supports socially conscious undergraduate students at the Kelley School of Business to become leaders of positive economic and social change. As recipients of this prestigious scholarship, Thomasson Scholars explore the intersection of business and social responsibility by participating in volunteer activities organized within the Kelley Institute for Social Impact (KISI).

Renewable for up to four consecutive years, the Thomasson scholarship empowers scholars to apply their business skills to the economic, societal, or environmental challenges that drive their curiosity. Through their work with KISI, they are connected with like-minded students motivated to make a difference in the world.

Explore your eligibility for the Thomasson Scholars Program

Are you serving your community while in high school? As a Direct Admit to the Kelley School of Business, your demonstrated involvement in organizations with a mission of social impact or community service boosts your eligibility for the Thomasson Scholars Program.  

Thomasson Scholars Program requires students to: 

  • Be a resident of Indiana
  • Apply as an incoming freshman directly admitted to the Kelley School of Business Bloomington 
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale 
  • Maintain involvement in non-partisan volunteer activities within the Kelley Institute for Social Impact throughout their undergraduate career

 Being a Thomasson Scholar has allowed me to be the change I wish to see in the world. By taking concepts of sustainability and social impact and carrying them into actions both inside and outside of the classroom, I am able to make positive impacts on not just my community, but myself as well.

Emily Sun, BS’26, Thomasson Scholar

Apply for the Thomasson Scholars Program

To be considered for this scholarship: 

  1. Apply to IU and select business as your intended major. 
  2. Gain direct admission either automatically or through a review request. 
  3. Upon earning direct admission to Kelley, you will automatically be considered for the Thomasson Scholars Program. If you are selected as a finalist, KISI will invite you to submit additional materials.
  4. While not required, you are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA)


Please reach out to the Kelley Institute of Social Impact at to learn more about the Thomasson Scholars Program.