Welcome to the Crimson Scholars Circle

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Build relationships, gather information, and get the resources you need, along with a $1,000 scholarship. The Crimson Scholars Circle at IUP is designed to help you get ahead.

As a Crimson Scholar, you’ll come to campus one week early for an early immersion program that welcomes you into the community before the school year even begins.

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Then, throughout your first year in college, you’ll attend workshops to keep you informed —from financial aid to career development. The best part: you’ll have an older student as a mentor, along with plenty of opportunities to interact with other Scholars in the program.

Start Smart with the Early Immersion Experience

Crimson Scholars arrive at IUP on Saturday, August 7, 2021—one week before the start of Welcome Week. Your room and board are covered for the week as you:

  • Meet your IUP Guide and your student mentor
  • Meet other Crimson Scholars
  • Familiarize yourself with the IUP campus and staff
  • Start building your academic skills and strategies for college success
  • Participate in personal leadership development opportunities

During Welcome Week, you can still participate in all available opportunities for incoming students, including the Creating College Success experience.

Year-long Network of Support, Combined with Opportunities

Once the fall semester begins, Crimson Scholars participate in continuous learning and support activities. A rich network of campus resources prepares you for college, career, and personal success.

You’ll take part in

  • Alumni networking, speakers, and mentorship opportunities with the Black Experience Alumni Committee
  • Financial aid workshops and financial literacy development
  • Academic support and study sessions through the University College and Academic Support Center
  • Career Planning and Development with the IUP Career and Professional Development Center
  • Leadership development, student engagement, and service learning events and opportunities
  • And much more

Meanwhile, you’ll go to weekly sessions with your student mentor and the larger community of Crimson Scholars, building and strengthening these IUP relationships.

The $1,000 Crimson Scholars Circle Scholarship

All successful participants in Crimson Scholars Circle receive a $1,000 scholarship, with $500 applied towards the tuition bill in the fall semester and $500 applied in the spring semester.

To be eligible for the scholarship, Crimson Scholars participate in events and programming throughout the year, including a weekly individual meeting with their student mentor and a two-hour weekly interactive seminar for all scholars and mentors.

Crimson Scholar Mentors

Student mentors in the Crimson Scholars Circle are continuing students who hold a minimum 2.5 GPA and are in good standing with the university. Mentors who meet weekly with each mentee and participate in the two-hour weekly interactive seminars will also receive a $1,000 scholarship during the year.

Mentors also meet regularly with each other and with the assistant vice president for Student Affairs.