The Rebound Indiana: Marian University offering 50 full scholarships

Posted at 6:00 AM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 11:30:53-04

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INDIANAPOLIS — Marian University is helping families rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic and providing some people full ride scholarships.

The catholic university is investing an extra $5 million, with the help of donors and alumni, to give 50 local high school senior a full-scholarship with a focus on those in the 21st Century Scholars program.

"Because the virus has had such an impact on families right now, we're concentrating these scholarships on graduating seniors," Marian University President Daniel Elsener said.

DeChelle Turner is a sophomore studying history, sociology, and secondary education at Marian University. She's studying to get three degrees and it won't cost her family a cent, thanks to the program.

"I don't come from a place of just money and that's fine. I accept that," Turner said. "That's not something I'm ashamed of. But what I'm more grateful for is the in the program and this opportunity is that I can say I received something many people strive each and every day to get, especially as a black student."

The 21st Century Scholars program is a state program helping to provide tuition scholarships to students who enroll in 7th or 8th grade and come from low income households.

Freshman who enroll at Marian University in the fall will be eligible for the the scholarships.

Turner says the program helps take a lot of pressure off of her and her family.

"And so for me it takes a lot of pressure off my family's shoulders to know I can go to school and for the most part, my financial portion is covered because of this program," Turner said.

Administrators at the university say they're looking for students who are striving for good grades.

"We like those students, because with grit determination and hard work, we find graduates," Elsener said.

The scholarships will be awarded on a first come first serve basis.

Tuition for four years and room and board are covered by the scholarship. There are income eligibility and academic performance requirements for the scholarship.

To learn more about the 21st Century Scholars program, click here.

For more information on the 21st Century Scholars program at Marian University, click here.