May 2017

May 2017 Newsletter

Summer Break Message from Vincent E. Isom, Director of IU 21st Century Scholars Program

Greetings Scholars! The IU 21st Century Scholars Program wishes you a successful academic performance and rewarding experience as the Spring 2017 semester draws to a close. An excellent performance is to be celebrated, so don’t be shy in letting us know. Why? We like to have IU 21st Century Scholars serve as tutors, to volunteer as a spotlight in our newsletter, and to plug you into many other opportunities. Always remember, a poor performance isn’t the end of a college career and we are here to support you. If you have any questions about your credit hours, scholarship, advising issues, and/or general planning, please don’t hesitate to call for an appointment or come to our office during walk-in hours. If you are graduating this week, congratulations for completing your bachelor's degree! We hope that you will stay in touch with us and our friends from the IU Alumni Association (IUAA).

Please continue to read your newsletter over the summer as there are exciting new opportunities that will be advertised. Our primary goals are to retain you as a student, assist you with timely graduation, and assist in making you a competitive candidate in the job market. We do these things by advertising or creating opportunities for you to develop marketable skills and have experiences that build your resume and network. In closing, we wish you and your family a wonderful summer season! If you are in Bloomington, come visit us some time. We are still here to serve you during the summer months. Please feel free to contact our office anytime at

24 Outstanding IU 21st Century Scholars Named Recipients of "IU OVPDEMA 2017 Summer Study Abroad Scholarship to Brazil and India"

The IU 21st Century Scholars Program is pleased to announce the recipients of the “IU OVPDEMA 2017 Summer Study Abroad Scholarship to Brazil and India” funded by the IU Office of the Provost & Executive Vice PresidentLauren K. Robel.

This year, 24 outstanding IU 21st Century Scholars were selected and named to receive the prestigious study abroad scholarship administered by the IU OVPDEMA Overseas Studies and Scholarship Program. Of our 24 scholars, eleven IU 21st Century Scholars will depart for the Brazil program on May 10, 2017 and thirteen IU 21st Century Scholars will depart for the India program on May 13, 2017. Our 24 scholars will travel with faculty members from Indiana University Bloomington to several historic and remote cities across Brazil (Rio de Janeiro) and India (New Delhi, Agra, Varanasia, and Mumbai). The India program will be led by Dr. Kevin D. Brown from the IU Maurer School of Law while the Brazil program will be co-led by Dr. Maria E. Hamilton Abegunde from IU African American and African Diaspora Studies and Dr. Andrea Siqueira from IU Department of International Studies.

Over 80 scholars had applied for this year's IU OVPDEMA Brazil and India summer study abroad program. The IU 21st Century Scholars Program boasted the highest number of scholars total (24 out of 35 recipients) within the IU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA) to receive the IU OVPDEMA Overseas Studies and Scholarship Program for Summer 2017 and have sent the largest number of scholars abroad to receive an IU OVPDEMA summer study abroad scholarship since the program's founding in 2013. Indiana University Bloomington ranks 10th nationwide in the overall number of students studying abroad (Institute of International Education - Open Doors, 2016). We congratulate all 24 scholars for their outstanding commitment to academic excellence and global citizenship. We look forward to hearing more about your cross-cultural and global learning experiences this summer!

IU 21st Century Scholars recipients - BRAZIL (11 students): Jasmyn N. Burks, Kayla N. Bush, Maria H. Cortes, Jared L. Fisher, Jasmine R. Jenkins, Victoria A. Jones, Jaeda L. Mason, Schuyler J. O’Reilly, Staphany Santana, Carmen Wedding, Eryicka JG Wesley
IU 21st Century Scholars recipients - INDIA (13 students): Terrell D. Barnes, Tyler Barnes, Keira R. Bible, Aileen N. Castro, Jessica L. Duke, Myanna R. Kelly, A’Teria D. Moore, Amber N. Nelson, Alayzia D. Perry, Marissa R. Radziwiecki, Apryl L. Smith, Kendrick Washington, Alexa Woods

IU 21st Century Scholars Program Invited 30 Distinguished Seniors from Class of 2017 to "IU OVPDEMA Scholars Recognition Dinner"

On Thursday, April 20, 2017, the IU 21st Century Scholars Program invited 30 distinguished seniors from Class of 2017 to attend an exclusive “IU OVPDEMA Scholars Recognition Dinner” in the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) Tudor Room. Of our 341 graduating seniors, 30 high achieving scholars were selected by our department to attend a VIP dinner co-hosted by the IU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA) and the IU Office of the Provost.

Several senior administrators and faculty attended the recognition dinner to congratulate our scholars for their commitment to academic excellence at Indiana University Bloomington including Lauren K. Robel (vice provost and executive vice president at Indiana University & Val Nolan professor of law at IU Maurer School of Law), Dr. James C. Wimbush (vice president of IU OVPDEMA, dean of University Graduate School, & Johnson professor for diversity and leadership at Indiana University), Martin A. McCrory (associate vice president of IU OVPDEMA, vice provost for educational inclusion and diversity, & chief diversity officer at Indiana University), Dr. Lori Reesor (vice provost for student affairs & dean of students at Indiana University), Dr. David B. Johnson (vice provost for office of enrollment management at Indiana University), Vincent E. Isom (director of IU 21st Century Scholars Program), Patrick D. Smith (director of IU Office of Mentoring Services & Leadership Development), Arnell Hammond (director of IU Faculty Mentoring Initiatives), Mary Stephenson (director of IU Groups Scholars Program), Marsha McGriff (director of IU Hudson & Holland Scholars Program), Ochmaa Escue (director of IU Overseas Studies and Scholarship Program), and Dr. Leslie J. Robinson (director of IU Academic Support Center). Roy Y. Chan (special projects coordinator of IU 21st Century Scholars Program) served as the photographer for the event.

In addition to the IU 21st Century Scholars Program, several students from other academic programs of OVPDEMA attended the dinner including Hudson & Holland Scholars Program, Groups Scholars Program, Academic Support Center, and Mentoring Services & Leadership Development. The IU 21st Century Scholars Program boasted the highest number of seniors (34 scholars) within OVPDEMA who will graduate this May 2017 with a 3.7+Cumulative GPAor higher and had the largest number of scholars participating in the recognition dinner.

We thank all graduating seniors for attending this year’s recognition dinner. We wish the Class of 2017 continued best with their academic and career success after Indiana University Bloomington. Please stay in touch with us!


The IU 21st Century Scholars Program under the Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education have launched a new partnership with Roadtrip Nation. We invite all IU 21st Century Scholars to apply to be a participant with Roadtrip Nation. Roadtrip Nation sends people on road trips in their green RV to talk to heroes, job crushes, and anyone who’s doing generally awesome stuff. You’ll explore some of the exciting industries that are contributing to Indiana’s growth, including healthcare services, advanced manufacturing, bioscience, and technology.

To apply, you must be available to commit to two weeks of travel in August 2017. If chosen, you’ll get to travel around Indiana in one of the Roadtrip Nation RVs . This is for a TV show, so you’ll be filmed and the footage may be shared on public television and other video platforms. All travel expenses, plus a daily stipend for food, are paid for by Roadtrip Nation.

If you would like to apply, please contact our special projects coordinator Roy Y. Chan at for instructions AND submit your online application at: Application is due by Monday, May 22, 2017 at 11:59PM PST.

"Spring 2017 Walk-In Hours Schedule" - Academic Advisors and Professional Staff

Do you have a question about course requirements? Are you having troubles with financial aid? Our academic advisors and professional staff at the IU 21st Century Scholars Office will hold weekly walk-in hours throughout the Spring 2017 semester. No appointment needed...just show up! FREE snacks provided!

5/2/17-5/9/17 Walk-In Hours Schedule
Jenifer L. Berry(Lead Academic Advisor): Monday 10:00AM - 12:00PM and 1:00PM - 4:00PM, Tuesday 1:00PM - 4:00PM, Wednesday and Thursday 1:00PM - 3:00PM, and Friday 10:00AM - 12:00PM and 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Babita L. Upadhyay(Advisor, Probationary Students): Tuesday 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Karen M. Franks(Academic Advisor): Wednesday 1:30PM - 4:00PM, Thursday 9:00AM - 11:30AM and 1:30PM - 3:30PM
Precious S. McMillon(Retention/Graduation Specialist & ScholarCorps AmeriCorps Member): By appointment only
Roy Y. Chan(Special Projects Coordinator): By appointment only
Vincent E. Isom(Director, 21st Century Scholars Program; Fellow, Thomas I. Atkins Living Learning Center): By appointment only
Philip A. Seabrook(Assistant Vice President for College Readiness and Retention Initiatives): By appointment only

*Can't make it to walk-ins? Feel free to schedule an appointment with us at:

Where: IU 21st Century Scholars Program, Eigenmann Hall 619 South, 1900 East 10th Street, Bloomington, IN 47408