TOP 100 - 2013 • Program within the IUPUI Office of Alumni Relations • Sponsored by the Student Organization for Alumni Relations (SOAR) • Tasked with annually selecting the 100 top undergraduate upperclassmen at IUPUI • Top 100 recipients are invited to a formal dinner in April to be recognized • The Top 10 Males & the Top 10 Females for IUPUI are revealed at the dinner • The IUPUI Outstanding Male student & the IUPUI Outstanding Female student are revealed at the dinner • There are approximately 22,100 undergraduate students at IUPUI • The Top 100 represent less than 1 half of 1 percent of the total undergraduate population • The Top 10 Males & Females represent less than 1 tenth of 1 percent of the total undergraduate population • Must be seeking 1st IUPUI undergraduate degree • Must be currently enrolled & in good standing with the university • Must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA • Must have a minimum 56 credit hours towards degree program • At least 25 of those credit hours must be earned at IUPUI as of Fall 2011 semester • Cannot be a December 2012 graduate • Cannot be designated a Top 100 student more than twice – typically once as a junior & once as a senior • Both part-time & full-time students are eligible • You will be e-mailed a link to the Top 100 System. Click on the link and you will see this: Click here Click here Click here Norman Brown Diversity Scholar Up to $3000 per academic year for merit or financial need Up to $6,000 per academic year for both merit and financial need The Norman Brown Diversity & Leadership Program is designed to recruit, retain and prepare serious, academically gifted students who have demonstrated a commitment and/or desire to develop leadership skills for today’s multicultural world. Program participants are encouraged to attain academic success, engage in leadership and civic activities, and prepare for work force entry. All scholars are required to enroll full time; maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA; participate in specific program functions; and meet on a regular basis with an assigned IUPUI faculty/staff mentor. Continuing and transfer student applicants must be Indiana residents and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students are only considered for the fall semester. Preference is given to transfer student and continuing students who have completed 12 credit hours (but no more than 60 up to junior status). This program is an integral part of IUPUI’s efforts to foster the benefits of educational diversity, in part by assuring the obtainment of a critical mass of students from underrepresented minority backgrounds with a history of discrimination. As such, during the application process positive considerations are given to students from underrepresented minority backgrounds and whose presence will enhance the learning environment through increased diversity at IUPUI. Additional consideration is also given to students with significant financial need as defined by the FAFSA. Recipients must maintain fulltime enrollment, a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA and complete all program requirements. Applications are judged based off of 3 primary criteria: • Scholastic achievement • Collegiate & co-curricular activities • Civic/community service You should view each of these categories as being “equal” on your application & strive to be as well rounded as possible The application form is made up of 8 separate components: 1. College Scholastic Honors & Awards 2. Leadership training workshop or seminar attended &/or certificate attained (Lead IUPUI) 3. Participation in student organizations or activities 4. Participation in volunteer civic, community, &/or service organization or activity (OCS) 5. Personal statement 6. Professional achievement (research, publications, etc.) 7. Work experience that relates to major field of study, including internships 8. Letter of recommendation • All application entries must have occurred after enrollment at IUPUI No entries from high school No entries from another institution of higher education • All application entries must have taken place in the last 5 calendar school years • Applicants must have 5 fall/spring semesters under their belt (in addition to 56 credit hours) • Must be seeking 1st undergraduate degree (IUPUI or otherwise) • Personal statement inclusion mandated • Outstanding Male/Female student is not eligible for a 2nd attempt • Focus more on quality than on quantity (no Dean’s List entries unless more than a high GPA is required to be on your school’s Dean’s List) • Do not utilize a bullet point style when filling out the application • Be precise! Include points that reinforce your impact; hours served, results achieved, etc. • Focus on connecting entries to your IUPUI experience – work experience & community involvement • Keep track of what you do – everything counts! • You can self-nominate – don’t wait! • Fill out the form completely – do not omit simple items Complete & submit a personal statement Solicit for a letter of recommendation • Review your personal statement for possible additional entries to your application • GPA should be viewed only as: Barrier to entry in the Top 100 if < 3.0 Tie breaker • Take extra time explaining activities that have a significant campus-wide impact; athletics, research, Regatta leadership, etc. • Explain yourself!! Example: Presidential Scholar • Explain yourself!! Example: Presidential Scholar “Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholar – Nominated by IUPUI as 1 of 13 incoming freshmen in 2010 to receive this 4 year scholarship for $9,000 per year. Also includes a laptop & a $2,500 study abroad stipend. Selected based on SAT/ACT scores, performance in a collegepreparatory curriculum, leadership experience, & an interview.” • Break out your experiences!! Example: “Nic” with the Student Organization for Alumni Relations (SOAR) • Break out your experiences!! Example: “Nic” with the Student Organization for Alumni Relations (SOAR) Not as complete as possible response: “Student Organization for Alumni Relations (SOAR) – Vice-President of Alumni Events – 2010-2011 – Coordinated professional development & networking programs to connect students & alumni.” More accurately “broken out” response: “Student Organization for Alumni Relations (SOAR) – Vice-President of Alumni Events – 2010-2011 – Coordinated professional development & networking programs to connect students & alumni.” “Student Organization for Alumni Relations (SOAR) – member – 2009-2010” More accurately “broken out” response cont.: “Volunteer – 2010 Top 100 Dinner – As a member of SOAR.” “Volunteer – 2010 Commencement ceremony – As a member of SOAR.” “Volunteer – 2010 IUPUI Regatta – As a member of SOAR.” • January 30th – Last day for a student to be nominated • February 6th – Letter of recommendation due • February 6th – Application due • March 4th – Top 100 announced • April 12th – 2013Top 100 Dinner!!