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New Scholarship Fund Looks to Recruit Most Qualified Students

Posted on 2/8/2012 11:41:46 AM

A new scholarship fund that will be used to recruit the most qualified undergraduate students has been established at IUP. 

IUP’s Development staff has already begun to solicit gifts for the Academic Achievement Scholarship Fund. The new fund will enable IUP’s Admissions staff to offer scholarships of $1,000 or $2,000 to qualified students upon their admission, beginning in Fall 2013.

“The Admissions and Financial Aid staffs have known for a very long time that IUP has been competing with schools that have recruiting scholarships—awards that take costs right off the top of an admitted student’s bill,” said Jim Begany, vice president for Enrollment Management and Communications. “That’s been a difficult component to compete with. This scholarship provides the Admissions staff the ability to offer scholarships to the brightest students—deserving students we want in our classrooms.”

Qualifications include a minimum high school GPA of 3.25 and a minimum SAT score of 1050. The Admissions staff will also consider extracurricular activities and recommendations as it identifies scholarship recipients. Begany said students who maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 at IUP will continue to receive the scholarship for four years, a first-ever opportunity for prospective IUP students.

“The Development staff is pleased to work on a project like this one, because we know that the issue of defraying costs for students is something everyone agrees on—it’s a hot topic in mainstream media and an issue many people care about,” said Bill Speidel, associate vice president for Development. “Private gifts are the only source for scholarships of this type, and so we are seeking gifts specifically for this fund.”

Speidel said several administrators have pledged their support to the new scholarship, and members of the IUP community will be asked to consider directing their gifts to this fund in the University Family Campaign, which will be launched February 13.