Established in 1968 to increase college attendance among first-generation and underrepresented IU students, the Groups Scholars Program has provided financial support for freshmen for decades. In 2014, IU Bloomington proudly announced an increase in funding to the program, extending need-based support to these students for the remainder of their undergraduate education.
“To have the Groups program as a support system financially is great because it gives people motivation to want to stay in school,” said Keon Brown, a second-year Groups Scholar.
The program also provides students with tutoring, social support and mentoring throughout their entire time at IU. The scholars must live on campus for six weeks the summer before freshman year and take part in a college “boot camp” to give them a taste of college work while becoming familiar with campus.
“The first day I got on campus I was really nervous, but I’ve made a lot of friends and feel confident going into my fall semester,” said Angelica Navarro, a first-year Groups Scholar who recently completed the summer program.
The Groups Scholars Program is fully funded by IU Bloomington and is a part of the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs.