Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars Program
About the Program
The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust established the Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars program in tribute to the life and values of Nina Mason Pulliam. The Nina Scholars program is committed to providing academic support and resources to students who have traditionally had difficulty gaining access to higher education. This program provides a unique opportunity where students from disadvantaged backgrounds can obtain the resources and financial support needed to successfully complete their college education. The Nina Scholars program provides a scholarship award to assist with the students' cost of attendance at IUPUI and provides financial support toward the cost of attendance for up to six years at IUPUI.
The Nina Scholars program serves students who must meet one of the following criteria:
- Is an adult who has dependents in the family unit
- Is an adult with physical disabilities
- Is a young adult, ages 18-25, with a history of abuse, neglect, or a lack of effective family support or has experience in public foster care
The impact of the Nina Scholars program has been profound. Every aspect of my life has been enhanced by the practice of viewing challenges as opportunities to learn and grow. The way the curriculum is coupled with a supportive community of other students on similar journeys has made all the difference.Rob McKibben, Nina Scholar
Promoting and Developing Student Success
The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars program promotes and develops the success of students who face some of the most significant barriers in education and in life. In addition to financial support, interventions include proactive, academically focused mentoring; meetings and workshops focused on academic success, career development, and personal growth; community service; and engagement in the university through the Nina Scholars community.
3.0Average cumulative GPA of Nina Scholars
77%percentage of Nina Scholars who have graduated or are enrolled since 2001
37%Approximate percentage of graduates that have advanced degrees or are in a graduate program
Number of Students Served per Academic Year
We currently serve 33 scholars. The program adds eight new scholars per academic year (three slots are dedicated to Ivy Tech Nina Scholars who wish to transfer to IUPUI).
Dependents in the Household
| Adults with dependents
These are adults who have dependents in their household (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 inside or outside the applicant's household, but for whom the Internal Revenue Service has determined there is a financially dependent relationship.
| College-age youth and adults with physical disabilities
A physical disability for the purposes of this scholarship program is one that limits or impairs a person's ability to access or to be fully mobile on campus or creates a special challenge for classroom instruction, tutoring, student support services, participation in campus offerings, and other academic and extracurricular activities. This includes disabilities that substantially limit major life activities such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, writing, and working. These disabilities may be results of, but are 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 documentation of their physical disability from a medical or health care provider.
History of Abuse, Neglect, or a Lack of Effective Family Support
| Adults, ages 18-25, who have experienced foster care or have been disconnected from their parents or primary caregiver and are responsible for their own financial support
Examples of eligibility include:
- Youth who experienced foster care
- Youth who never entered the formal child welfare system but were shuffled into informal kinship care situations
- Youth disconnected from their homes/parents who became functionally homeless and survived through the generosity of friends by "couch surfing"
- Youth who experienced significant time in the system, but were ultimately returned to marginally capable parents
- Youth, who after a period of time in foster care, were adopted legally by marginally capable family members ill equipped to support a child socially or financially
Note: These criteria are in addition to an applicant attesting to citizenship, residency, and income eligibility requirements stated on the application form.
Application Deadline: March 1
The application process includes:
- Apply to IUPUI
- Complete Nina Scholars application
- Submit essay
- Provide at least two letters of recommendation
- Provide documentation required to demonstrate eligibility
- Provide a copy of FAFSA confirmation email or Student Aid Report (SAR)
Other Eligibility Requirements
- Be admitted to IUPUI before applying for the scholarship
- Be working toward a first undergraduate degree with the intent to seek degree completion at the institution to which they are applying
- Be a U.S. citizen and a resident of Indiana
- Demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA, with priority given to those with a household income of 80% or less of the median income for a family of three for Marion County, Indiana (approximately $50,350 annually)
- Have previously completed no more than 30 college-level, degree-applicable credits (does not include current semester credits enrolled in at the time of application)
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Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Nina Scholars Program