September 15, 2017

IU 21st Century Scholars Program Invited 30 Distinguished Female Scholars to Partake in “Project Grow” Program through New Partnership with Pass the Torch for Women Foundation


IN THIS PHOTO (by last name): Sabren Abdulwahab, Skylier Bakehorn, D'Shae Barnes, Keira Bible, Alyssa Claymiller, Nitza Duran, Brandy Edwards, Samantha Feistritzer, Natalie Fritz, Jessa Gearhart, Aubrei Hayes, Dynasty Hubbard, Kiana Jackson, Sarah Kihn, Courtney Kison, Emilie Kostecka, Abigail Lawrence, Brisha McDowell, Sofia Nelson, Shelby O'Neal, Erin Perry, Samantha Persinger, Naphtalia Ruth, Daniela Schrock, Emily Simmons, Alexus Sims-Bares, Arin Stonecipher, Morgan Wells, Lillian Wright, Jacquelyne Zahner, Vanessa Zhao


On September 12, 2017, the IU 21st Century Scholars Program launched a NEW partnership with Project Grow and Strada Education Network to provide female college students with mentoring and professional development opportunities at Indiana University Bloomington. The new partnership, funded by Strada Education Network and supported by the IU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA) and the IU Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion (OVPDI) at Indiana University Bloomington, will provide IU 21st Century Scholars access to four different mentors during the 2017-2018 academic year through Pass the Torch for Women Foundation.

The Pass the Torch for Women Foundation (PTTFW) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2013 by Alison Martin-Books whose mission is to create a community that guides women as they navigate their career pathways by providing mentoring and networking opportunities across the United States. Headquartered in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, PTTFW envisions a world where all women are equitably represented at all levels of leadership in business and government. PTTFW seeks to create a community of women and men committed to supporting women throughout their career lifecycles, from college students to emerging leaders to top executives.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, the IU 21st Century Scholars Program selected and invited 30 distinguished female scholars to participate in our inaugural 2017-2018 cohort at Indiana University Bloomington. Our scholars in the Project Grow program through PTTFW will complete a series of curriculum-based leadership skills training modules that will connect them with business professionals nationwide.

“This partnership was designed to provide a much-needed element within our program. We are building initiatives and developing partnerships that will make our students more competitive in the job market,” said Vincent E. Isom, director of IU 21st Century Scholars Program. “For our students to be mentored by professional women from a variety of career paths, benefit from the professional development workshops provided by the Project Grow team, and attend, as a cohort, large-scale networking events in Indianapolis is an invaluable experience for Scholars in their junior or senior year.”

Morgan A. Wells, a current senior studying International Studies in the IU School of Global and International Studies (SGIS) & director of communications in the IU Scholarship Advisory Committee (SACA), said “I am really looking forward to work with my PTTFW professional mentor to provide advice on how to navigate the job market and transition in to the workforce. I also hope that my PTTFW mentor will provide a two-way street, so I hope that I can provide assistance to my mentor in any way as well.”

Dynasty Hubbard, a current junior in Nutrition Science in the IU School of Public Health & president of IU Neal Marshall Black Student Alliance, added “I want to be able to look up to my PTTFW mentor and be empowered by them. I hope that she will expose me to new things that I've yet to come across, which essentially will assist me in building my skills and knowledge in a plethora of ways.” Natalie Fritz, a current junior in Healthcare Management and Policy in the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) & FASE peer mentor in the IU Mentoring Services & Leadership Development (MSLD), noted “I hope to learn about their daily challenges my PTTDW mentor have experienced in their career field and how they overcome them.”

The new partnership between the IU 21st Century Scholars Program and Project Grow builds upon the IU Bicentennial Strategic Plan: Priority One on our commitment to student success by creating and implementing a multifaceted program of incenting and supporting students in graduating on time. “I am beyond thrilled about this new partnership that will enhance our scholars on-campus experience and cocurricular opportunities at Indiana University Bloomington," said Roy Y. Chan, special projects coordinator of IU 21st Century Scholars Program & Ph.D. candidate in the IU School of Education. “Our department is committed to developing innovative programs for our scholars to pursue new lines of inquiry and linkages across disciplines and professions. We believe that the Project Grow program will enable our students, regardless of their majors, to obtain additional or targeted career information that will enhance their educational and career success.”

We congratulate all 30 distinguished scholars for being selected to partake in our inaugural IU 21st Century Scholars Program-Project Grow cohort at Indiana University Bloomington. To learn more about our new partnership, please visit: Click Here.