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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:
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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!!
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