Groups Scholars Program

Empowering Students for Success

The Groups Scholars Program was created as a way to increase college attendance among first-generation, underrepresented students at Indiana University. The program provides academic, financial, and social support to help students earn a bachelor's degree at Indiana University South Bend.

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Why join the Groups Scholars program?

  • Jump start pursuing your dreams by completing the 5-week course in Summer 2023. Use your financial aid, and we will cover the rest. There is no cost for this 3-credit summer course.
  • Complete a one-week bridge program to get started for Fall 2023.
  • Receive a $1000 scholarship for Summer for completing the course.
  • Receive a scholarship of up to $500 per year (up to $250 every fall and spring) for as long as you stay in the program up to four years to cover your tuition and fees, together with your financial aid.
  • Be part of a Groups Scholars cohort for the next four years.
  • Enjoy the support of faculty, staff, and peer mentors dedicated to your success.

Becoming a Groups Scholar

You are eligible for the Groups Scholars program if you meet the following requirements:

  • Resident of the state of Indiana 
  • U.S (United States) citizen or eligible non-citizen (permanent resident) 
  • Meet the income and eligibility guidelines listed below
  • Must be an eligible 21st Century Scholar
  • Minimum cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.5 with a Core 40 curriculum 
  • Demonstrate key personal characteristics, such as a positive attitude, a sense of civility, the ability to persevere, a strong motivation to succeed, an excellent attendance record, and a commitment to earn a college degree. 
  • Must file the 2022-2023 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Must file the 2023-2024 FAFSA by the priority deadline of April 15

Size of Family Unit 

Family’s Annual Income MUST be Below 









Greater than 8 

Add $10,000 for each additional member 

How to Apply to the Groups Scholars Program

Thanks for your interest in being a part of the Groups Scholars Program. Start now for your opportunity to be a part of a program that puts students first and will be with you from the start of your application to graduation if accepted. If you are ready to start, use the following step-by-step instructions below to successfully complete your application to the Groups Scholars Program. Application deadline for Academic year 2023-2024 will April 7, 2023.

If you have already applied or are admitted to IU South Bend, go to Step 2

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