College Degrees Create $557,000 Plus in Added Earnings
Nina Scholar Application Deadline April 1

The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust is seeking applicants for its nationally recognized 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.”

According to an independent professional assessment, on average, a Nina Scholar graduate can conservatively expect to realize a $557,000 premium on his or her career earning potential. The conservative premium is due to the significant number of Nina Scholars earning degrees in the helping professions, such as social work and teaching, and also many of the Nina Scholars are older students. In addition, a study focusing on the first six years of the program found that the Trust’s scholarship support, including an annual living allowance, combined with on-campus support programs including a Nina Scholar coordinator, resulted in Nina Scholars graduating at higher rates than the overall student body.

The 42 undergraduate scholarship recipients will comprise the ninth cohort of Nina Scholars at Arizona State University, Maricopa Community Colleges, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and Ivy Tech Community College—Central Indiana. Up to 8 Scholars at ASU, 15 Scholars at MCC, 12 Scholars at Ivy Tech and 7 Scholars at IUPUI will 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.

A Nina Scholarship includes full tuition, an annual $2,750 living allowance, books and student fees. The Trust’s support also funds a full-time Nina Scholar coordinator at each school who provides guidance and support to the students, and mentoring and tutoring services also are available.

“Since the Nina Scholars program began in 2001, it has touched the lives of more than 325 men and women in Arizona and Indiana. Through May of 2008, 52 Arizona and 43 Indiana Nina Scholars have graduated from our partner schools,” Nancy Russell added.

The Council for Resource Development highlighted the Nina Scholars program at its national meeting in 2007 and recognized the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust for embodying the ideals of philanthropy, leadership and volunteerism in the service of community, technical and junior colleges.

The Trust began the Nina Scholars program in 2001 for an initial six years to serve nontraditional students in Arizona and Indiana. It extended its commitment to 10 years in 2007 with an additional grant of $7.8 million. “This commitment of $7.8 million will provide scholarships to 168 more men and women through 2010 in Arizona and Indiana,” said Frank E. Russell, chairman of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. The Nina Scholars have faced incredible challenges in their lives, and many of the Scholars we have met since the program began in 2001 have told us that without the Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars program they would not have realized the dream of a college education,” he added.

“The Scholars program is a living legacy to Nina who believed that with an education, there was nothing an individual could not achieve,” said Pulliam’s niece and Trustee Carol Peden Schilling.

“Nina Mason Pulliam was an advocate for education her entire life. She funded scholarships for employees’ children and for children whom she learned were in need of assistance, the Nina Scholars program is a natural extension of the Trust’s mission of helping people in need,” said Schilling. “Nina had empathy for individuals who were dealt challenges in life.”

The application deadline for cohort 9 is April 1, 2009. For further information about applying to the Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars go to our web site or contact the onsite program coordinators:

Marisel Herrera-Anderson, M.Ed.,, 602-496-0420 at ASU;
Monica Castaneda, , 480- 731-8619 at MCC;
Charles Johnson,,317-278-7878 at IUPUI;
Cheri Bush,, 317-921-4617 at Ivy Tech Community College.

2009 Nina Scholars Application Deadline
April 1

Copyright 2009, The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

Welcome to Connections!

I’m pleased to announce the search for the 9th cohort of Nina Scholars is on and ask for your assistance in passing the word along about the Trust’s signature program - the Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars program. Applications are available online and the submittal deadline is April 1.

Nina Mason Pulliam believed that through education, people can realize their life’s dreams and the dreams for a better life for their families. Translating this to the economic impact on our Scholars' lives, particularly during these challenging times, conservative estimates have placed a $557,000 lifetime earnings premium for each Nina Scholar graduate.

The Nina Scholars program fills a previously unmet need. It is the first program in the country to identify and specifically serve a population who traditional college scholarships do not typically assist. 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.

I ask you to please spend a few moments to learn about this unique scholarship opportunity that has already changed the lives of more than 325 Nina Scholar participants and their families. You may be the one to bring this life-altering program to another deserving scholarship recipient.

As always, if we may provide any additional information or answer your questions, please contact us.