ICHE Grant to Help Low-Income Students
IU South Bend has received a $124,657 grant from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) to support two programs that help low-income students. The grant is part of $1.8 million awarded by ICHE to twelve Indiana colleges and universities to fund programs that support students who receive state financial aid for college through either the 21st Century Scholars or Frank O’Bannon Scholars program—a diverse group of low-income students, many who are the first in their families to attend college.
“Indiana has shifted its focus from making sure more students enroll in college to making sure students graduate with a degree that prepares them for a good job and life,” Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers said. “We’re pleased to provide this financial assistance for colleges that are committed to supporting students who need it most, when they need it most: early in their college experience.”
“I’m proud that the Summer Bridge program and the Leadership Academy at IU South Bend were selected for this grant,” said IU South Bend Chancellor Terry L. Allison. “The award from ICHE recognizes our focus on student success.”
Director of the Titan Success Center Ezella McPherson is the principal investigator for the ICHE grant. Dr. McPherson will work with the Making the Academic Connection Office, Academic Centers for Excellence, Career Services, and the English Department to coordinate the 2015 Leadership Academy and Summer Bridge Program.
ICHE selected colleges that were committed to establishing programs to help first-year students transition to college; helping new students acclimate to college with additional academic and social support; giving first-year students career development experiences aligned to their area of study; and providing financial literacy training to help first-year students understand their options and the short- and long-term consequences of their fiscal decisions.
Summer Bridge is a full scholarship program designed to help first-year students build a foundation for success. Students can choose to attend a program on the IU South Bend campus or at the Elkhart Center and can choose morning or afternoon sessions on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays. Students learn the skills necessary to begin English and Math at a higher level, develop critical reading and study skills, and enjoy enrichment activities and integration into the campus community. Students can save over $1,000 in tuition and fees via course waivers and better placement. For more information go https://www.iusb.edu/summerbridge
The Leadership Academy is an academically focused summer program for racially and ethnically diverse students and 21st Century Scholar high school seniors who plan on attending IU South Bend in the fall term. Participating students will earn six college credits during the summer session prior to the fall semester. The History of the Black and Chicano Civil Rights Movements’ course is a highlight of the Leadership Academy summer program. For more information about the Leadership Academy go to https://www.iusb.edu/mac/la/index.php