The Nina Scholars program is dedicated to providing educational opportunities for individuals who would not normally receive traditional academic scholarships, and whose personal commitments and financial circumstances would preclude their attendance without substantial, long-term scholarship support. The Trust is interested in providing scholarships to Arizona and Indiana residents who face barriers to obtaining higher education. The partnering schools provide special outreach and support to each of the Nina Scholars, strengthening the opportunities for success.
In 2001, the Trust established the Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars program to open doors of opportunity for men and women seeking college degrees. The individuals selected by the four participating universities and community colleges to be Nina Scholars all aspire to overcome financial, social and physical challenges.
There are 3 targeted populations:
- Adults, ages 25 or older, with dependents in their family unit
- College-age youths and adults with physical disabilities
- Young adults, 18-25 years old, who have been raised in the child welfare system and are responsible for their own financial support
Nina Scholars Applicants must:
- Qualify within one of the three targeted populations listed
- Meet residency requirement
- Demonstrate financial need
- Meet individual school admissions requirements
The Nina Scholars Program provides financial support toward the Cost of Attendance for up to 6 years at the participating universities and for up to 4 years at the participating community colleges, plus:
- Program staff at each school provide coordinated services
- Group or “cohort” support
- Tutorial and/or mentoring assistance