African American Fund

IUPUC African American Fund Scholarship

The African American Fund of Bartholomew County (AAFBC), in conjunction with IUPUC, has created a scholarship fund that will provide a student with $1000 per year for four years to attend IUPUC. The criteria for the scholarship includes:

  • The student must be African American.
  • The student must be an incoming freshman at IUPUC.
  • The student must reside in Bartholomew County.

The first scholarship was awarded in June 2019, then each year another scholarship will be added so that in the fall of 2022 there will be four African Fund Scholarship recipients on the IUPUC campus.


I am pleased that the African American Fund of Bartholomew County and Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) are partnering to establish a program to provide financial and advisory support to Bartholomew County African American students who attend IUPUC. The goal of the program is to help reduce the financial barrier for college attendance and to encourage local students to pursue and earn a college degree where they can receive both financial and non-financial support. This program will benefit the student, IUPUC and the community.

- Tom Harmon, President African American Fund of Bartholomew County

2020-2021 Academic Year: How to Apply

Requirements and Description:

  • Applicant is an incoming IUPUC first year (freshman) student
  • Applicant must be admitted as a student by IUPUC no later than May 29, 2020 with the intent to pursue a bachelor’s degree
  • Applicant must be enrolled as full-time student at IUPUC by July 31, 2020
  • Applicant must be residing in Bartholomew County, Indiana.
  • Preference will be given for African American students. Because as part of its mission, Indiana University is committed to diversity, special consideration will be given to underrepresented populations including but not limited to financially challenged students and/or students with diverse cultural experiences.
  • $1000 paid in two payments - $500 paid in the fall semester and $500 paid in the spring semester.
  • After initially receiving the scholarship, a recipient can seek renewal of the scholarship annually for up to three academic years beyond the freshman year dependent upon academic performance.
  • The scholarship recipient will receive academic advisement from IUPUC staff and mentoring from professionals.

(After academic year 2019-20, GPA minimums will apply for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. This information will be listed on the IUPUC scholarship portal in subsequent years.)


heritage_fund_logo.jpgThe African American Fund of Bartholomew County was established in 2013 by The Heritage Fund, Community Foundation of Bartholomew County to help educate and inspire African Americans who reside in Bartholomew County by focusing on:

  • Education
  • Leadership Development
  • Economic/Career Development
  • Health Awareness
  • Arts & Cultural Events

The purpose of the African American Fund of Bartholomew County is to enhance the quality of life for the African American community  and therefore the broader community. Get more information at

For more information about the African American Fund Scholarship, please contact:

Dr. Kevin Jones, Ed.D. 
Phone: 812-348-7290