October 2017

October 2017 Newsletter

Mid-October 2017 Message from Vincent E. Isom, Director of IU 21st Century Scholars Program

Greetings IU 21st Century Scholars! I hope that your midterms and major assignments are going well. I wanted to write this note encouraging you to invest your time in preparing for your exams and maximizing your performance. I know that you hear it all the time but I am going to say it once more, due to the importance: 1) visit your professor’s office hours, 2) use the FREE tutoring services in the IU Academic Support Center (ASC), IU 21st Century Scholars Program, or those offered through your departments as a study place to review your work, 3) develop a study group that is focused upon earning the highest grade point average possible, and last, but not least, 4) spend time finding out what it takes to get into your career field or graduate/professional school. Your academic performance is closely linked to career paths and employment opportunities.

In discussing opportunities, our office is developing more opportunities for you to take advantage in pursuit of a career field. We are working very hard at finding these opportunities to develop your skills and present you as prospects for internships or employment. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office anytime at iub21cs@indiana.edu or visit our website at http://go.iu.edu/21st

IU 21st Century Scholars Program Participated in "2017 Indiana Latino Expo"

The IU 21st Century Scholars Program in collaboration with the IU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA) and IU Office of Admissions participated in the 6th Annual Indiana Latino Expo on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Indianapolis State Fairground. During the event, our department met with several Hispanic/Latino high school scholars who were interested to apply and attend one of the 8 Indiana University campuses. In addition, our department gave a presentation about the various 21st Century Scholars initiatives throughout the IU system. Representatives from each of IU's campuses were available to discuss academics and student life, and to take part in various IU activities including the IU virtual reality technology, IU photo booth, and IU PopKorn Twist popcorn. The Indiana Latino Expo was a free of charge event for visitors seeking to improve the quality of life for Indiana's Latino community, including economic development, cultural advancement and educational opportunities. Indiana University is a proud sponsor of the Indiana Latino Expo. To view the official press release, please visit Click Here

IU 21st Century Scholars Program Establishes NEW Partnership with Gamma Nu Chapter Alumni of Delta Sigma Theta"

The IU 21st Century Scholars Program is pleased to announce a NEW partnership with the Gamma Nu Chapter Alumni of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at Indiana University Bloomington. In an effort to enhance program opportunities, to reach scholars eligible 7th and 8th grade students, and 21st Scholars in Indiana communities, our department has partnered with the IU Gamma Nu Chapter alumni members of Delta Sigma Theta to spread the word about our program in many professional arenas. Vincent E. Isom, director of IU 21st Century Scholars Program, spoke to over 150 assembled alumni about this educational development partnership and to encourage professional women to make a difference in the lives of many youth and subsequently families of the future. Through this new partnership, we plan to create programming efforts that will benefit both pre-college and current Scholars. The Gamma Nu Chapter was chartered on November 8, 1947 by five dynamic young women at Indiana University Bloomington. The chapter will celebrate its 70th anniversary on November 8, 2017. 

IU 21st Century Scholars Program & IU Walter Center for Career Achievement: "Trip to Washington D.C. Career Trek - Spring Break"

*ATTENTION IU COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES MAJORS*: What are your plans for spring break? Are you looking for a fun professional development opportunity? The IU 21st Century Scholars Program in collaboration with the IU Walter Center for Career Achievement invites all IU College of Arts & Sciences scholars to participate in the "Trip to Washington D.C. Career Trek - Spring Break" on March 11-14, 2018. To participate, you must attend one of the upcoming information sessions below and then contact our academic advisor Karen M. Franks for more info at kmfranks@indiana.edu. For more info, please visit Click Here.

Info Sessions (select one):1) Tuesday, October 24th 6-7pm (IMU Persimmon Room); 2) Thursday, November 2nd 12-1pm (Global and International Studies Building 1060); 3) Wednesday, November 8th 12-1pm (IMU Persimmon Room); 4) Monday, November 13th 1-2pm (Global and International Studies Building 3067); 5) Thursday, November 16th 7-8pm (IMU Maple Room); 6) Monday, December 4th 2:30-3:30pm (Global and International Studies Building 3067)
When: March 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th, 2018
Where: Washington, D.C.

IU 21st Century Scholars Program: "Join IUSA Vision of the Ideal College Environment (VOICE) - Student Engagement Committee"

The IU Student Association invites all 21st Century Scholars to join the IUSA Vision of the Ideal College Environment (VOICE) - Student Engagement Committee. The goal of the Committee is to assess extra-curricular involvement opportunities on campus including student organizations, governing bodies, cultural centers, club/intramural sports, Greek life and programming. If you are looking to improve the campus climate and culture at IU, then we highly encourage you to join this committee. The student committee is chaired by Josh Thomas, current IU 21st Century Scholar and President of IU Union Board. Questions about the application can be sent to Josh at ubpres@indiana.edu.

IU 21st Century Scholars Program: "2018-2019 FAFSA Application is now LIVE"

The 2018-2019 FAFSA Application is now LIVE. The IU 21st Century Scholars Program highly encourages all scholars to submit their online FAFSA application ASAP for special consideration of scholarship opportunities. Please note that your online FAFSA application must be submitted by April 15, 2018. All scholars must file a FAFSA. This is REQUIRED. Late applications will NOT be accepted. Failure to not complete the FAFSA on time may result in the loss of your scholarship. Questions about the FAFSA application can be sent to our retention specialist Duncan M. Mathies at mathiesd@indiana.edu.

When:October 1, 2017 - April 15, 2018
Where: https://fafsa.ed.gov

IU 21st Century Scholars Program: "FREE Pizza during Midterm Exams" THIS week on 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th and 11th at 6:00PM-7:00PM in Eigenmann Hall 621 South

Looking for a quiet place to study during midterms week? The IU 21st Century Scholars Program invites all 21st Century Scholars to visit and use our study tables starting this week on Oct 10th and 11th during pre-midterm exams week. FREE pizza will be provided! We encourage all scholars to take advantage of our study tables. Questions about the event can be sent to Roy Y. Chan at rychan@indiana.edu.

When:THIS week on October 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th and 11th at 6:00PM-7:00PM
Where: IU Eigenmann Hall 621 South, 1900 East Tenth Street, Bloomington, IN 47405

IU 21st Century Scholars Program: "Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Employment Opportunity Session" THIS Thursday, Oct 12th at 6:00PM-8:00PM in IU Eigenmann Hall Game Room

The IU 21st Century Scholars Program will hold a special information session for 21st Century Scholars interested to pursue careers in law enforcement or the legal profession with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) and Indiana University Police Department (IUPD) at 6:00PM-8:00PM in IU Eigenmann Hall Game Room. IMPD and IUPD plans to recruit several scholars during the meeting. FREE pizza will be provided. ALL majors and ALL class levels are welcomed to attend. To RSVP, please visit Click Here. Questions can be sent to our academic advisor Karen M. Franks at kmfranks@indiana.edu

When:THIS Thursday, October 12th at 6:00PM-8:00PM
Where: IU Eigenmann Hall Game Room, 1900 East 10th Street, Bloomington, IN 47408

IU 21st Century Scholars Program & IU ASC: "MATH M118/M119/D116/D117/J113 Midterm Review Session" THIS Friday October 13th at 6:00PM-9:00PM in IU Teter ASC

Are you currently taking MATH M118/M119/D116/D117/J113? Need additional help with your math homework/exams? The IU 21st Century Scholars Program invites all 21st Century Scholars to attend a special math review session co-hosted by IU 21CS and IU Academic Support Center (ASC)THIS Friday October 13th at 6:00PM-9:00PM in IU Teter ASC. We encourage all scholars taking MATH courses this semester to attend. FREE food and drinks provided. Questions about the event can be sent to Dr. Leslie J. Robinson at ljrobins@indiana.edu.

When:THIS Friday October 13th at 6:00PM-9:00PM
Where: IU Teter ASC, 501 North Sunrise Dr. Bloomington, IN 47406

IU 21st Century Scholars Program: "RSVP for Male Leadership Initiative Call-Out"

The IU 21st Century Scholars Program invites all male scholars to sign up for the male leadership initiative hosted by the IU 21st Century Scholars Program. To sign up, please visit Click Here. Questions can be sent to Michael A. Jefferson at jefferma@iu.edu

Why?: To identify, train, and position male students to serve as well prepared and culturally competent leaders and mentors in the IU 21st Century Scholars Program, IU MSLD FASE Mentoring Program, and across the University. 

Duncan M. Mathies Corner - Financial Aid Tips

Maintaining the IU 21st Century Scholarship

* To maintain the IU 21st Century Scholarship, you must meet the following requirements: a) Be enrolled as a full-time student (minimum 12 credits), b) Accumulate 30 credit hours per academic year (AP/IB, dual, and transfer credits that have been reported to the state and IU can count toward this total), and c) Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

Important Reminders

* Check your IU email regularly. Issues pertaining to your scholarship, financial aid, and academic standing are always prefaced with an email.
* Monitor your student center periodically throughout the semester. To-do list items and holds can prevent your financial aid from disbursing.
* Take advantage of 21st Century resources, such as study tables and textbook rentals, to maximize your potential for academic success.

"Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result."
~ Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish playwright, poet and author