Groups Scholars Program


The Groups Scholars Program provides specially selected students with information, support, and guidance to help them excel in the classroom and beyond. We are here every step of the way--from the time they complete their application to attend IU until they accept their diploma on graduation day.

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


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).