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The Leading Informatics for Tomorrow (LiFT) Scholars Program is a multi-institutional program offered at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI and Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis. 

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the program seeks to increase the quality and quantity of information technology (IT) professionals by offering scholarships to academically talented, economically disadvantaged, and underrepresented minority high school graduates.

LiFT will support 20 students each year from the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI who are pursuing the bachelor’s degree in informatics, and 20 students from Ivy Tech who are pursuing associate degrees in the School of Information Technology. 

Student Benefits

When combined with other student and federal aid, renewable LiFT Scholarships allow students to complete their degrees in informatics with limited or no educational debt.

All LiFT Scholars are eligible to receive an additional unmet-need scholarship award up to a maximum of $7,500 at IUPUI and $2,500 at Ivy Tech.

This unmet-need scholarship is renewable for students who meet program requirements. Students can pursue their college degrees in information technology areas (e.g., cyber security, software development, informatics, computer science) from the School of Information Technology at Ivy Tech Community College or in informatics from the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI.

LiFT Scholars from Ivy Tech Central Indiana who are pursuing an associate’s degree in informatics will have the opportunity to transfer to the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI to pursue the B.S. in Informatics upon meeting admissions requirements.

In addition to participating in community building activities, LiFT Scholars will benefit from:

  • Peer mentoring
  • Faculty mentoring
  • Cross-institutional industry mentoring
  • Career and leadership development
  • Participation in research and industry-based internship experiences
  • Students at IUPUI will also have the opportunity to live in a residence-based learning community in IUPUI campus housing with fellow LiFT Scholars and School of Informatics and Computing students

The goal of the LiFT Scholars program is to prepare students to enter the informatics and Information Technology (IT) workforce upon graduation and/or to pursue graduate studies in informatics.

The LiFT Scholars program seeks to enhance scholars’ experiences through:

  • Providing a sense of community with fellow informatics and computing students.
  • Helping to build personal and professional networks.
  • Fostering leadership and career development.
  • Engaging in industry-based experiences. 

2018-2019 Cohort

Andrea Johnson

Major: Informatics


Dr. Mary Jo Dentino

Danielle Gagne

Major: Informatics


Sid and Lois Eskanazi

Dawit Minamo

Major: Computer Science


Robert Mullen & Dianna Delgado

Derek Kendall

Major: Informatics


Phil Bane

Khai Tuang

Major: Informatics


Rebecca Gardenour

Monica Fyfe

Major: Server Administration


Randy Maxson

Mysen Shearer

Major: Software Development


Ball Memorial Hospital

Papa Gueye

Major: Computer Science


Tasus Corporation

  

Paul Weber

Major: Software Development


Prem1er Companies

Robert Silvers

Major: Informatics


NIPSCO

Silas Plasters

Major: Cyber Security


Belden

Stephanie Whitesell

Major: Network Infrastructure


2017-2018 Cohort

Aminatou Keita

  • Hometown: Bamako, Mali
  • Major: Informatics
  • Why I became a LiFT Scholar: Meet new people, have fun, gain skills, and on top of all to have a social life.
  • How the LiFT Scholars Program has impacted me: I did learn how to work with a team through the LiFT Scholars Program, I also got networking opportunities.

Marian Abdi

  • Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
  • Major: Informatics
  • Why I became a LiFT Scholar: I appreciate what LiFT is trying to do and I love the support.
  • How the LiFT Scholars Program has impacted me: The LiFT Scholars Program has kept me wanting to finish up my associate’s degree and transfer even though I've hit some tough times. It has also provided me with amazing opportunities for now and possibly the future.

 

 

Jonathan Radcliffe

  • Hometown: West Lafayette, IN
  • Major: Cybersecurity
  • Why I became a LiFT Scholar: To connect me with other like-minded peers in my area and to help me financially through my educational goals.
  • How the LiFT Scholars Program has impacted me: The LiFT Scholars Program has allowed me to put my focus into school without worrying about working full time to afford it.

Robert Mullen & Dianna Delgado

Megan Dabney

  • Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
  • Major: Software Development
  • Why I became a LiFT Scholar: To get more exposure to the tech world, financial aid, and make connections.
  • How the LiFT Scholars Program has impacted me: The LiFT Scholars Program helped me financially. Also, I got to tour a tech company and hear how people work in their jobs every day.

 

Randy Maxson

Van Lian

  • Hometown: Falam, Myanmar
  • Major: Informatics
  • Why I became a LiFT Scholar: I wanted to know more about the people who have the same major as I do so we can help each other. Also, I wanted to be a part of this program to connect with individuals in companies in my field.
  • How the LiFT Scholars Program has impacted me: The LiFT Scholars Program impacted my knowledge and how can I get better in communication with others. Also, what I want to do after I graduated. I felt more comfortable with other people since I joined the LiFT Scholars Program. It is really a great time for me when we visit real IT companies. Sometimes I wonder, how am I going to get a job when I graduated but now with this LiFT Scholars Program, I don't have to worry about jobs. I look forward to visiting more companies in the future.

Phil Bane

Rina Rennie

  • Hometown: Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
  • Major: Informatics
  • Why I became a LiFT Scholar: I became a LiFT scholar because I felt that it could help me put my best foot forward and solidify the field that I am going into by being around like-minded people with tremendous support!
  • How the LiFT Scholars Program has impacted me: The LiFT Scholars Program has already opened my eyes to several resources that are in my field and we’ve met with people who are already in these fields. Exposure along with financial backing/personal support and growth.

 

We are proud of our Ivy Tech LiFT Scholars below who have transferred to pursue their bachelor's degree in Informatics in spring 2019. 

Rebecca Gardenour

Sean Kalis

  • Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
  • Major: Informatics
  • Why I became a LiFT Scholar: I became a LiFT scholar because it seemed to be a great resource in getting my degree while being around those who also have a passion for the field of computer technologies like I do.
  • How the LiFT Scholars Program has impacted me: The LiFT Scholars Program has allowed me to take extra courses that I did not have the financial opportunity to take before, as well as network and connect with employers and peers. LiFT has also sparked a new passion for working with software, something I didn't really give much thought to before.

 

Sukhdeep Singh

  • Hometown: Greenwood, IN
  • Major: Informatics
  • Why I became a LiFT Scholar: To network with other informatics scholars.
  • How the LiFT Scholars Program has impacted me: The LiFT Scholars Program gave me an inside look at work in IT through field-trip visits. 

This NSF-funded program is funded through August 31, 2021.

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Questions?

For general Ivy Tech LiFT inquiries/questions contact: Greg Leigh (gleigh@ivytech.edu)

If you are a new or current Ivy Tech student interested in having your eligibility checked to apply to the LiFT Scholars Program complete this form and contact: Andrew George (georgead@iu.edu)

Eligibility

Students must:

  • Be new students to Ivy Tech Community College Central Indiana or continuing Ivy Tech students who have at least two semesters (fall/spring or spring/fall) remaining at the time of application. Students who have a previously earned associate's or bachelor's degree are also eligible as long as the previous degree was in an area unrelated to information technology.
  • Have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Be completing your first college degree (no previous associate’s or bachelor’s degree earned)
  • Pursue one of the following associate degrees in the School of Information Technology at Ivy Tech (network infrastructure, server administration, software development, computer science, database management and administration, cyber security/information assurance, information technology support, and informatics). Visual communications is not a LiFT-eligible program.
  • NOTE: students pursuing the associate’s degree in informatics from other Ivy Tech campuses outside of the Central Indiana region (Columbus, Bloomington, Lafayette, Richmond, Terra Haute) who plan to transfer to IUPUI to pursue the bachelor’s degree in informatics are also eligible
  • Be committed to pursuing a career in information technology (IT)
  • Plan to enroll full-time (a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester) in college-level coursework
  • Be U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens
  • Demonstrate financial need as defined for undergraduate students by the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria for need-based federal financial aid. This can be determined once a student has filed their FAFSA

If you aren't sure if you meet any of the requirements, don't hesitate to ask! We are happy to help. Don't let anything deter you from applying or reaching out.