ISU offering $1,000 scholarships to Ivy Tech graduates to continue technology education

January 6, 2012

Indiana State University is offering $1,000 scholarships for graduates of technology programs at Ivy Tech Community College to pursue their bachelor's degree.

ISU's College of Technology Transfer Award is available to help Ivy Tech transfer students finish their four-year degree in a program housed in the College of Technology. To qualify, Ivy Tech students must be admitted into an approved program, have a 2.75 cumulative grade point average and must enroll in at least 12 credit hours each semester at ISU. Preference will be given to students who have completed an associate degree. Indiana and out-of-state ISU students are eligible; international and returning ISU students are not. Thirty-five scholarships are available for the 2012-2013 academic year.

"There are really a lot of opportunities for transfer students, though I think some transfer students are not aware of all of them," said Kara Harris, professor and director of undergraduate student services in the College of Technology, "These new scholarships will provide students with additional financial assistance to achieve their educational goals."

More than 75 formal agreements exist between Ivy Tech, which grants two-year degrees, and ISU for students seeking additional coursework or a degree.

"We continue to work with our four-year partners to develop a seamless higher education system for Indiana residents," said Thomas J. Snyder, president of Ivy Tech Community College. "Ivy Tech and Indiana State have had a long-time relationship in making this possible for the residents of Indiana. Making credits transferable allows for more affordable options for the students across the state."

The student body at Ivy Tech has also been growing, said Robert English, associate dean of the College of Technology, so it's important that those students know of the opportunities to earn their baccalaureate degree at ISU.

"With the type of technology programs that they have at Ivy Tech, we're a natural program for them to partner with so students can continue their education," English said. "Interestingly enough, many of their faculty and deans are alumni, so it's just building on that relationship."

To receive priority consideration for the award, incoming Ivy Tech transfers should be admitted to ISU for the fall semester by April 1, when the first awards will be given. Students admitted after June 1 will not be considered for the award.

Ivy Tech students have already been attending ISU and the College of Technology. In the 2010-2011 academic year, 68 new students from Ivy Tech transferred to the College of Technology, which matched the college's four-year high that was set in 2007-2008.

"Ivy Tech Community College is a great place to earn a degree and then transfer to a four-year university. Students save on their first two years of college and get lots of support to help them succeed," said Ann Valentine, chancellor of Ivy Tech - Wabash Valley. "We are excited to share this new opportunity with our students and appreciate Indiana State University's continued support in making transfer programs available so more Indiana residents can earn a bachelor's degree."

ISU faculty members hope that the scholarship program, which is the first of its kind for Ivy Tech students majoring in a program in the College of Technology, will provide greater incentive and support to students who might otherwise hesitate to continue their education.

"It's a great opportunity for Ivy Tech students to come to ISU," said Bradford Sims, dean of the College of Technology. "It's a good way to have the students who don't know for sure if they want to come to ISU to have the ability to come with the additional financial help."

More information on the College of Technology Transfer Award, along with other scholarships for transfer students, is available at www.indstate.edu/scholarships/transfer/

Photo: http://isuphoto.smugmug.com/Campus-Scenes/Campus-Scenes/DSC5313Campus/828446238_3gpYo-L.jpg
Myers Technology Center at Indiana State University, which houses many College of Technology offices and programs.

Contact: Robert English, associate dean, College of Technology, Indiana State University, 812-237-3881 or Robert.English@indstate.edu.

Writer: Austin Arceo, assistant director of media relations, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or austin.arceo-negrich@indstate.edu.