Providing a unique opportunity where students from disadvantaged backgrounds can obtain the resources and financial support needed to successfully complete their college education.

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.

Target Population

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 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

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).

Other Eligibility Requirements

Students must:

  • 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

IUPUI admissions

  • 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)