The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust is seeking applicants for its signature scholarship program that, according to Trustee Nancy M. Russell, "brings the dream of a college education to candidates who face many life challenges and are typically overlooked by college scholarship programs."
The 42 new undergraduate scholarship recipients will comprise the eighth cohort of Nina Scholars: 7 at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis; 12 at Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana; 15 at Maricopa Community Colleges; and 8 at Arizona State University.
Nina Scholars represent three groups of nontraditional students whom mainstream scholarship programs bypass. Nina Scholars are 25 years or older with dependents living in the household, college-age students and adults with physical disabilities, or college-age youth who were raised in the child welfare system and are self-supporting. The application deadline is April 1.
The Nina Scholars program provides full tuition, an annual $2,750 living allowance for each Scholar, books, and class fees. It also covers the program's administrative cost and funding of a full-time Nina Scholar coordinator at each school who provides counseling and assistance to the students.
"Nina would have been so pleased about the Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars program because it provides people with the means for self-sufficiency through education. This was one of Nina's fundamental beliefs," Trustee Nancy Russell explained. "The Nina Scholars program is a resounding success and fills a previously unmet need. It is the first program in the country to identify and specifically serve a population whom traditional college scholarships do not typically assist. We are particularly pleased that many of our Scholars have been referred to the program by organizations that have received Trust grants," Russell added.
The application deadline for cohort 8 is April 1, 2008. For further information about applying to the Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars program contact:
- ASU, firstname.lastname@example.org
or call Cory Gonzales at 602-496-0420.