OVPDEMA Scholarships

Scholarships for Underrepresented and Minority Students

Even the most promising students face challenges after high school. To support these students, OVPDEMA sponsors scholarships and scholars programs for current and incoming IU students, specifically those from underrepresented and minority backgrounds.

As a recipient of this award, I am inspired to continue my involvement in community activities that promote social awareness and justice for all.

Stephanie Huezo

OVPDEMA Scholarships

African American Dance Company Dance Workshop scholarship

The African American Dance Company (AADC) Annual Dance Workshop, hosted at IU Bloomington on March 22 & 23, 2019, exposes students to dance and music from the perspective of the African American and African diaspora through master classes, performances, and enlightening discussions. High school students (grades 9–12) are eligible to apply for scholarships funding the two-day workshop registration fees.  

Deadline to apply: March 1, 2019

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Email aadcdw@indiana.edu with questions.


Bruce Shuck Family Native American Scholarship

The Bruce Shuck Family Native American Scholarship supports undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate financial need, with preference to students of Native American descent. Students do not have to be officially recognized with a tribe to receive the scholarship, however, they should be prepared to write about their tribal affiliation and background.

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Carrie Parker Taylor Scholarship

The Carrie Parker Taylor Scholarship is named after the first African American woman to enroll at IU. Applicants must be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior and a participant within OVPDEMA programs (such as 21st Century, FASE, Groups Scholars Program, or Hudson and Holland Scholars Program). Priority will be given to first-generation college students with demonstrated financial need.

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Wilma A. and Charles E. Harry, IV Family Scholarship

Wilma A. and Charles E. Harry

This scholarship account was established as a family legacy by Jill Harry Rahman and Janet Harry, daughters of the late Charles and Wilma Harry, whom both received their undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana University. Funds from this account will support a minimum two annual scholarships for students in the Hudson & Holland Scholars Program. Special consideration will be given to underrepresented populations, included but not limited to financially challenged students, and/or students with diverse cultural experiences. Preferences will be given to African American students pursuing degrees in the School of Education or the School of Social Work.

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Charlie and Jeanetta Nelms Bloomington Campus Scholarship

The Charlie and Jeanetta Nelms scholarship seeks to support incoming fall 2019 freshman on the Bloomington campus from the Indianapolis public school or Gary public school system. Priority will be given to students majoring in education, nursing, informatics, or life sciences. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years with the maintenance of a 2.75 GPA and letter of reference from an academic advisor or faculty member.

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Hannah Wilson Memorial Service Scholarship

Undergraduate or graduate students on the IU Bloomington campus pursuing a career in Counseling, Sexual Health, Psychology, or a field dedicated to helping others, have a demonstrated passion for supporting the LGBTQ+ community, volunteer regularly at the LGBTQ+ Culture Center, and are involved in extracurricular activities on campus are encouraged to apply.

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I'm so grateful that donors have helped facilitate and actualize dreams into reality for IU students through scholarships that support students like me.

Marlyatou Sow

James D. Fielding Student Advocate Training Award

The Fielding Student Advocacy and Leadership Fund supports travel to attend leadership development events related to LGBTQ+ issues, or the development and hosting of IU-based workshops and/or advocacy training for IU Bloomington students on such topics. Travel awards will be determined by the LGBTQ+ Culture Center staff.

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Jan Marie Carroll Bicentennial Scholarship

This scholarship accepts applications from undergraduate or graduate students on any IU campus pursuing a non-general studies degree and have a minimum GPA of at least 3.3. Students must demonstrate financial need as determined by the IU Office of Financial Aid. Students from underrepresented populations, including financially challenged students, will be given primary consideration, and donor prefers female students. This scholarship will be renewable upon yearly review.

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Jeffery Haynes Hillis LGBTQ+ Scholarship

The Jeffery Haynes Hillis LGBTQ+ Scholarship will be awarded to one full-time LGBTQ+ student from the Bloomington campus. The recipient will demonstrate leadership on LGBTQ+ issues on campus and/or in the community. The recipient selected may demonstrate financial hardship, be from a diverse background, or identify as a member of an underrepresented population.

Go to One.IU to apply. Application is open from Oct. 1 – March 10 for the following academic year.

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Joon Park Student Leadership Scholarship

The Joon Park Student Leadership Scholarship awards one IU undergraduate student $1,000 to attend a conference or workshop focused on community engagement or community advocacy, or to attend an academic or professional development workshop. Special preference will be given to an undergraduate student who has been invited to present his or her work at a conference, or who has shown leadership experience on campus.

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Johnson Underrepresented Student Scholarship

To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students from any IU campus. Recipients must be Indiana residents from the Indianapolis Public Schools District (IPS) and Marion County Township Schools in Indiana, excluding public and private charter schools. Preference will be given to African American students. Special consideration will be given to underrepresented populations, first-generation college students, and students with demonstrated financial hardship. Consideration will be extended to students enrolled in the Center for Real Estate Studies.

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Judy and Inez Reece Scholarship for LGBTQ+ Wellness

The Reece Scholarship for LGBTQ+ Wellness is designated to support self-identified trans students, self-identified LGBTQ+ students, and students who have volunteered or advocated for LGBTQ+ issues at IU Bloomington.

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The late Reverend Dr. Butler serves as a role model for me. I hope one day I will be able to help others achieve their goals just as this scholarship has helped me.

Bethany Habegger