Shoemaker Scholars Program

A $3,000 scholarship for IU student entrepreneurship ambassadors

The Shoemaker Scholars are a prestigious group of 10 students from a variety of IU academic programs. They encourage entrepreneurship and innovation among IU Bloomington students.

This entrepreneurship scholarship is worth $3,000 for each year a scholar is selected. The scholarship provides students with experiences that help them grow as entrepreneurs and innovators.

The Shoemaker Scholars Program is funded by a generous gift from John and Donna Shoemaker.

What they do

Shoemaker Scholars foster innovation and entrepreneurship at IU Bloomington by:


To apply to be a Shoemaker Scholar, you must:

  • Be an undergraduate student studying full time on the IU Bloomington campus
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0 in your most recently completed semester


To learn about becoming a Shoemaker Scholar and start the application process, contact Travis Brown at

Among other things, you’ll need to submit your resume, a copy of your current transcript, and a one-page statement about your interest in entrepreneurship and innovation, which should explain the related activities you’ve been involved in, any startups you’re developing, and your entrepreneurial aspirations.

Shoemaker Scholars are required to reapply each year.

The application deadline to become a 2019–20 Shoemaker Scholar is Friday, March 1, 2019, at 5 p.m.