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LiFT Scholars Program Requirements and Application Process

In order to apply, each student must:

  • Be current graduating high school seniors when they apply for IUPUI. Ivy Tech LiFT applicants can be current graduating high school seniors, new Ivy Tech students, or continuing Ivy Tech students who have at least two semesters (fall/spring or spring/fall) remaining at the time of application and have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Must be a first-time undergraduate student accepted at the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI or Ivy Tech Community College Central Indiana.
  • Plan to be enrolled full-time (a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester) in college-level coursework.
  • Must pursue the bachelor’s degree in Informatics at the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI or one of the following associate’s degrees in the School of Information Technology at Ivy Tech: network infrastructure, server administration, software development, computer science, database management and administration, cyber security/information assurance, information technology support, or informatics. NOTE: Visual communications is not a LiFT-eligible program.
  • Plan to pursue a career in informatics.
  • Be a U.S citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Demonstrate financial need as defined for undergraduate students by the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria for need-based federal financial aid.

Students who enter the Online Bachelor of Science in Informatics degree through the IU Office of Online Education are not eligible to apply for the LiFT Scholars Program at IUPUI.

Students pursuing the associate’s degree in informatics from other Ivy Tech campuses outside of the Central Indiana region (e.g., Columbus, Anderson, Lafayette) are also eligible.

How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications for the Ivy Tech LiFT Scholars Program on a rolling basis for Spring 2019.

We are currently accepting applications for the IUPUI LiFT Scholars Program for Fall 2019. Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. We will continue accepting applications on a rolling basis until capacity is met for Fall 2019. Continue to check our website for application updates.

LiFT Scholars program application

The application can be completed online or it can be downloaded and submitted via email or postal mail to:

Molly Morin, Program Manager
(317) 278-2385
Informatics and Communications Technology Complex (IT), Room 475K
535 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Please be as detailed as possible in your responses.

Letter of recommendation

IUPUI LiFT applicants must submit one letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or counselor. Select the person who can write the strongest letter of support for you. Refer your letter of recommendation writer to the Letter of Recommendation Form.

Completed recommendation forms and letters of recommendation can be sent to

Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants may then be contacted to schedule an interview with members of the LiFT Scholars Selection Committee.

Ivy Tech LiFT applicants are not required to submit a letter of recommendation at this time.

After you apply

Once you submit your LiFT Scholars Program application and your letter of recommendation has been received, your complete application will then be sent to the LiFT Scholars Program selection committee for review. Below is the criteria that the committee utilizes when reviewing complete applications:

  • Academic potential
  • Commitment to pursuing a career in informatics/computing
  • Leadership and service
  • Potential to benefit from the LiFT Scholars Program
  • Other talents

Eligible students may then be contacted for a follow-up interview. This interview will be scheduled for 30 minutes and conducted in-person or via phone/videoconference depending on a student’s geographic location. ​The goal of this interview is to provide members of the selection committee with an opportunity to learn more about your background, academic and career interests, and interest in being a part of the LiFT Scholars Program. After the interview is completed, students will receive an update about their selection status. Below are sample interview questions that we have asked LiFT applicants:

  • What led you to apply to the LiFT Scholars Program?
  • When and how did you first become interested in studying informatics and computing?
  • What are your future career ambitions and interests?
  • What are you looking forward to the most about starting college?
  • What are you nervous about, if anything, about starting college? How could the LiFT Scholars Program support you?
  • Teamwork and collaboration are important elements of the LiFT Scholars Program. Think about a group project or team you have been a part of. What role did you play in the group?

Program Requirements

In order to receive and maintain their awarded scholarships, LiFT Scholars will sign a Scholars Commitment, agreeing to the program’s requirements.

LiFT Scholars are expected to:

    • Be enrolled full-time (minimum of 12 credit hours each semester) in college-level coursework.
    • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as defined by your institution.
    • Pursue the bachelor’s degree in informatics at the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, or pursue any associate’s degree in the School of Information Technology at Ivy Tech Community College Central Indiana. Students from other Ivy Tech campuses outside of the Central Indiana region must pursue the associate’s degree in informatics.
    • Foster a sense of community among LiFT Scholar peers.
    • Conduct themselves in the manner of a scholar. Behavior violating campus codes of conduct is prohibited.
    • Attend two check-in meetings with the LiFT Scholars program manager each semester.
    • Attend and participate in co-curricular activities for the LiFT Scholars program (e.g., community meetings, workshops, industry visits, math support, peer mentoring, service activities, social events, certification training, internships, research experiences)
    • Complete evaluation of all LiFT Scholar program activities.

NOTE: New IUPUI LiFT scholars also will be asked to attend and participate in the LiFT Scholars Program Orientation, August 17-18, 2019, as well as the Summer Bridge Program.

Summer Bridge is a five-day experience that allows students to complete INFO-I 100 and get connected to IUPUI and SOIC. There is a section of Summer Bridge reserved specifically for incoming LiFT scholars. Summer Bridge will take place August 19-23, 2019.

Living on the IUPUI campus

IUPUI LiFT Scholars also will have the opportunity to live on campus during their four years at IUPUI with other LiFT Scholars in an on-campus student housing community. Ivy Tech students who transfer to IUPUI also will have the opportunity to live on campus in this community.