The 58th administration worked to present the first ever Virtual Scholarship Fair & Learning Summit the weekend of November 12th-13th.

The scholarship summit, gave students the opportunity to hear presentations from each individual academic college’s scholarship team.

Also, in attendance and speaking was the Branch Associate Scholarship Director, Kelly Pierce.

Students were given the chance to, after attending their college-specific session and one general session, apply for a $500 scholarship sponsored by Student Government Association and the Indiana State University Foundation. The event took place over Zoom.

There were several tips shared on how to apply and find different various scholarships.

Students were also encouraged during the first general session to write Thank-You notes to previous donors at Indiana State University.

An event that took over a semester worth of planning went off without a hitch.

Multiple students were cited saying they enjoyed the presentations and couldn’t wait to come again next year.

Spearheaded by the current Director of Academic Affairs, Annie Bowen, the event was one to remember. Some of the individual sessions included, “Keys to Successful Scholarship Essay Writing”, “Fireside Chat with Branch Associate Director Kelly Pierce” and “Discussion with Foundation Executive Director of Stewardship Kim Kunz”.

Luckily for those students that were not able to attend, all of the sessions were recorded and upon request could be sent out.

When it came to advertising for the event, several videos were posted on the @SGAINDSTATE Instagram account. It was indicated that students would have to pre-register for the event.

Over 100 students registered to attend. The virtual summit was open to all undergraduate students at Indiana State. Also asked on the Instagram page, was “Does this apply for the class of 2025?” and the SGA page responded by saying “We encourage current students to attend, but class of 2025 can still participate”.

This is very exciting to see how this current administration is looking not solely at the current class but the future generations of sycamores.

Director of Academic Affairs, Bowen was also featured on “Almost Live!” the popular student led video-show.

This event was cited directly from Antonio Tamayo and Jocelyn Fluker as one of their campaign initiatives. Their platform being affordability capitalized on the need of education about scholarships and how more students at ISU can take advantage of those resources.