Todd Gambill, vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management, said the $1,000 grant, one of two given statewide, would be used to pay transportation costs for area school corporations to bring 21st Century Scholars for college visits. Some schools don’t have the funding to make the trip possible.
“We believe it’s important that they visit a college campus and see college as a viable option for them,” he said. “We want them to visit us and see what student life is like, whether they plan to attend college here or somewhere else.”
The visits are more than campus tours — students participate in career assessment activities, talk to students and faculty from several academic programs, gain knowledge about student life, and learn about the admissions and financial aid process, among other activities.
Gambill has already invited students from Marion, Logansport, and Frankfort for visits with the grant funding.
“We want as many students as possible to visit, to get more familiar with a college campus, and allow them to see themselves as college students,” said Kathy Parkison, professor of economics and grant writer. “College can be intimidating if you don’t know what to expect, and we want to remove some of the unknown for them.”
Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program is a needs- and performance-based program that provides student a chance to earn up to a four-year scholarship at an Indiana college or university.
Students who meet income guidelines may enroll during their seventh- or eighth-grade year, and must commit to maintaining academic success, remaining drug and alcohol free, and completing college preparation activities.
IU Kokomo received one of two $1,000 community grants for youth-serving organizations focused on 21st Century Scholar enrollment, ScholarTrack account registration, or facilitating Scholar Success Program activities.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.