Groups Scholars Program


To provide academic, financial and social support to selected underrepresented Indiana resident college students, from matriculation to graduation and beyond.


  • Partner with Recommenders to identify future Groups Scholars
  • Provide support for students to persist and graduate in a timely manner
  • Maintain and form meaningful relationships with Alumni.


The Groups Scholars program was first established as “Groups” in 1968 to address low college attendance rates among underrepresented students at Indiana University. Funded by the Higher Education Act of 1965, and supported by the University’s strong commitment of additional resources and services, the Groups Scholars Program admits more than 300 students yearly, and has an alumni roster of close to 12,000 individuals. The program is now fully funded by Indiana University, and is a part of Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (DEMA).

Eligible students are the first in their family to attend college with limited financial resources from all racial and economic backgrounds.