The Nina Scholars Program

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What is the Nina Scholars Program? The Nina Scholars office at Ivy Tech Community College is open approximately 50 hours per week and provides academic advising, personal life coaching, instruction on study skills, one-on-one tutoring, one-on-one mentoring, linkages to community resources, and opportunities for networking with peers, faculty and staff. Nina Scholars are expected to maintain a 2.75 GPA, complete 18 credits each year and participate in service learning, monthly cohort meetings and cultural events throughout the year. This program provides variable financial support toward the Cost of Attendance for up to 6 years at the participating universities and for up to 4 years at the participating community colleges. In addition, the program covers fees and books and provides a living allowance of $2,750 annually.

Who can apply? Individuals who meet at least one of the following criteria: Incoming freshmen ages 18-25 who were raised in the child welfare system and have no other means of financial support College-aged youth and adults with physical disabilities Adults ages 25 or older who have dependents in their family unit

What are the criteria? Applicants must meet all of the following criteria: Be working toward their first college degree Be a US citizen and resident of Indiana Demonstrate financial need, with priority given to those with a household income of 80% or less of the median income for Marion County (approximately $36,750 annually). NOTE: Applicants must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Have completed no more than 24 degree-applicable, college level credits. This includes current semester credits enrolled in at the time of application.

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Click here to download the scholarship application.

Application directions

Recommendation form

Please submit completed applications in NMC 511

Application requirements:

  • Official high school transcript/GED score
  • One to two page essay
  • Two to four recommendation letters (forms provided in application )
  • Official college transcripts
  • Interview
  • FAFSA on file at institution to which you are applying
  • All materials submitted by priority deadline: March 1

Essays:

It goes without saying that essays should observe the general rules of English grammar. It is also recommended that you put your name on each page of the essay. Cover pages, plastic report covers, etc. are not necessary and will be removed when we process applications. Essay question : What are your life goals and how will obtaining a college degree further these goals? How do you plan to balance your personal and academic responsibilities? What support system do you currently have/need to help you succeed.

Recommendations letters:

Applicants must provide at least two and no more than four letters of recommendation. These may be from a teacher, employers, or other community contact.

Transcript:

An official high school or High School Equivalency Diploma transcript will be required to complete this application. If you are a transfer/returning/continuing student, a transcript from previous and/or current institutions of higher education will be required as well.

FAFSA:

To be eligible for this scholarship you must show demonstrable financial need as determined by the FAFSA. If you have not yet filed your FAFSA you may do so at www.fafsa.gov or contact the financial aide office at your college.

Quotes

"Without a good education, Nina maintained, you could not go very far in life."-Nancy M. Russell, Trustee, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

"Under Nina Mason Pulliam's guidance, the newspapers of Indianapolis and Phoenix always had a very active scholarship program for employees' children, newspaper carriers and children in these communities."-Frank E. Russell, Trustee Chairman, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

 "Nina would like to be remembered for her service to humanity, for her interest in people and their education."-Frank E. Russell, Trustee Chairman, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

"Education was an important part of Nina's belief system. Nina recognized that education was the way to validate yourself, to grow to achieve the goals that you had set for yourself. That it opened people's minds. That it made people more conversant with each other. That education was the first thing you needed to do for yourself."-Carol Peden Schatt, Trustee, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

 "The Nina Scholars is, hopefully, a living legacy to Mrs. Pulliam because education is a tool. It's a tool for people who've had many challenges in their life to realize their dreams and the dreams for their children."-Harriet Ivey, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust 

"Nina was a strong believer in education. She made sure I went to college and she encouraged other children to go to college through the many scholarships she provided."-Joe Peden, Nephew of Nina Mason Pulliam

   "Nina Pulliam felt that education was the foremost thing for anybody and provided equality to the races, it provided equality to the sexes. If you had education you could stand on your own two feet."-William R. Shovers, Former Community Relations Director, Phoenix Newspapers, Inc.

Eligibility

This program provides variable financial support toward the Cost of Attendance for up to 6 years at the participating universities and for up to 4 years at the participating community colleges. A living allowance (up to $2,750) is also provided. Application requires an essay, an official high school transcript or previous college transcript (returning student), demonstration of financial need as determined by the FAFSA and, if chosen as a finalist, an interview. 

Who can apply?

Individuals who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Incoming freshmen ages 18-25 who were raised in the child welfare system and have no other means of financial support
  • College-aged youth and adults with physical disabilities
  • Adults ages 25 or older who have dependents in their family unit

What are the criteria?

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be working toward their first college degree
  • Be a US citizen and resident of Indiana
  • Demonstrate financial need, with priority given to those with a household income of 80% or less of the median income for Marion County (approximately $36,750 annually). NOTE: Applicants must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Have completed no more than 24 degree-applicable, college level credits. This includes current semester credits enrolled in at the time of application.
Scholarship eligibility definitions
 
Child Welfare System
Incoming freshmen or continuing students between the ages of 18 and 25 who have been raised through in a child welfare system and have no form of financial support.
The child welfare system for the purposes of this scholarship is described as the public-supported system that serves neglected, abused, abandoned, at risk children and/or those who are wards of the court. A person who has experienced time in the foster care system may have lived in an institution such as a group home, child protection agency, or special facility for children and/or with a foster family. This applies particularly to those persons who were raised away from their biological parents or relative caregivers for extended periods of time, were financially supported by sources other than their families, and are presently responsible for themselves financially. 
Physical Disability
College aged youth and adults with physical disabilities

A physical disability for the purpose of this scholarship is one that limits or impairs a person’s ability to access and/or be fully mobile on campus, and/or creates a special challenge for classroom instruction, tutoring, student support services, participation in campus offerings, and other academic and extra curricular activities. This includes disabilities that substantially limit major life activities such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, writing and working. These disabilities may be a result of but not limited to spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, speech impairments, visual impairments, hearing impairments, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, loss of limbs, and severe orthopedic injuries. Applicants are to provide official documental of their physical disability from a medical or healthcare provider. 

Dependents in Family Unit
 Adults age 25 and older with dependents
These are adults who are 25 years of age or older who have dependents in their family units (self not included). These adults may be first time college students or returning students (those with previous college experience).  The family unit may include relatives or other persons who may live in or outside the applicants household but for whom the internal revenue service has determined there is a financially dependent relationship.
NOTE: These criteria are in addition to an applicant attesting to citizenship, residency, and income eligibility requirements as stated on the application form.
Links
Staff Contact Information
Nina Scholars program
50 West Fall Creek Parkway North Drive room 511
Indianapolis, IN 46208-5752
317-921-4617
fax: 317- 917-5928
 

Cheri Bush
Nina Scholars Program Manager
317-921-4672

cbush15@ivytech.edu

 

Andrea Thomas
Nina Scholars Program Assistant
317-921-4617

athomas8@ivytech.edu

 

Paul Harding
Nina Scholars Tutor
317-921-4617

pharding1@ivytech.edu