Seeking Nina Mason Pulliam Scholarship applicants

February 1, 2004


The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars program in Arizona and Indiana

are accepting applications for the fourth Nina Scholar cohort. In

2001 the Trust established the Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars

program to open doors of opportunity and education for men and women

who do not qualify for “traditional” college financial aid.

The Trust is sponsoring eight students at Arizona State University, 15 students at Maricopa

Community Colleges, five students at Indiana University Purdue University

Indianapolis and 12 students at Ivy Tech State College Central Indiana

Campus. At the close of 2003, there were more than 100 men and women

participating in the three cohorts of Nina Scholars, with several

already having completed their studies.

Application deadlines are April 1, 2004. For further information about applying to the

Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars program, contact: Cory Gonzales

at ASU, 480-727-6561; Jennifer Steele at Maricopa Community Colleges,

480-731-8619; Marsha Currin at IUPUI, 317-278-7878; or Kathleen

Vahle at Ivy Tech State College, 317-921-4617.

“Education was important to Nina Mason Pulliam. She believed that education is a crucial

tool to self-sufficiency and personal fulfillment,” said Trustee

Carol Peden Schatt. “The Nina Scholars program furthers the

Trust’s mission of helping people in need. We are also pleased that

many of our Scholars learned about the program through organizations

that have received grants from the Trust,” Schatt added.

The Nina Scholars program is unique in the United States as it seeks to assist nontraditional

students in three categories: adult students (minimum age of 25

with dependents) who have never attended college or who have had

their education interrupted years earlier; physically disabled traditional

college-age or older students; and young adults who were raised

in the child welfare system and must be responsible for their own

financial support as of age 18.

Along with a full scholarship, which includes tuition, fees and books, each Nina Scholar receives

a $2,500 living allowance to assist with such necessities as child

care and transportation. Additionally, each school has a Nina Scholars

coordinator to assist the students and to coordinate special programs

and activities-all designed to help each student be successful.


“We so appreciate the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust’s commitment to establishing

a long-term scholarship program that provides these students the

key ingredients they need to succeed,” said Jennifer Steele,

MCC Nina Scholars coordinator.

“With financial obstacles removed and a safety net of guidance

and mentoring in place, these students will have the opportunity

of a lifetime to prepare for a career and achieve goals they perhaps

thought were impossible to achieve.”

“Our Scholars are supportive of each other. We meet regularly, in an open forum, where

the Scholars discuss challenges they may be experiencing in the

classroom, celebrate their academic successes together, and, most

importantly, provide a support network to each other. Overall, our

Scholars have become a family,” said Marsha Currin, IUPUI Nina

Scholars advisor.

“As the Nina Scholars are successful, their stories of achievement inspire other students

and family members to seek higher education. We have already seen

this happen within a number of our Scholar families; sisters, brothers

and mothers have returned to classes, due to a Nina Scholar in the

family,” said Cory Gonzales, Nina Scholar coordinator at ASU.

“This is an outstanding program that far surpasses a simple monetary gift. With the comprehensive

support offered by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, the

Scholars will have a far smoother path through college,” Kathleen

Vahle, Nina Scholars program manager at Ivy Tech concluded.