Reach Your Goals
The THRIVE Program helps you reach your aspirations in college and beyond. By participating, you'll be surrounded by students, staff, and mentors while getting the resources and knowledge you need to take on college and everything it has to offer.
Everything You Need to Be Succesful
Preparing for College
The first step to a successful transition to college is to be prepared. The THRIVE program provides an exclusive experience before your first day of college known as Summer Bridge. In August, you’ll be on campus getting to know other new students, learning about the expectations of professors and college classes, and practicing your math and writing skills. By the time classes begin, you’ll already feel like an official Jaguar and helping other new freshmen get to their classes and find the best places to hang out or relax on campus!
Support Throughout the First Year
After Summer Bridge ends and classes begin, you’ll be supported by experiences, people, and faculty who are invested in you and your success. All incoming freshmen take a first-year seminar--a one-hour class that meets weekly and continues the preparation that started in Summer Bridge. You’ll have peer mentors and a success coach by your side so that you always have someone to answer your questions and help you through any problems you run into, personal or academic.
Your THRIVE team will not only make sure you know everything that’s happening on and off campus, you’ll also be invited to events, workshops, and fun gatherings that are only for students in the program. Starting in Summer Bridge and continuing through your first year, you’ll have endless opportunities to make new friends and begin building your professional network that will be vital during college and in your career.
Paying for College
As a Fostering Success student, you’ll be eligible for up to $1000.00 for your first year to help you make ends meet. Plus, access to other types of financial assistance such as the Pledge Grant, Emergency Assistance Grant, and more! We also help students get connected with great-paying, part-time jobs with flexible work schedules. IUPUI’s student employment professionals will work with you to tidy up your resume and cover letter (or help you create them), perfect your online professional image, and become a master interviewer.
THRIVE is a scholarship and program for incoming, first-year, independent students. By that, we mean students who have had experiences with foster care, housing insecurity, homelessness, emancipation, legal guardianship determined by a court, or lack of family support. If you are just starting your journey at IUPUI and think that you may have experience in any of the areas above, you should apply.
How to Apply
Here is a complete list of everything you need to do to be part of the THRIVE Program. Links for these items are below and you can always reach out to us if you have a question or need some help.
- Get admitted to IUPUI. If you haven't applied yet, do that first, then continue with the items below once you've been admitted
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid
- Complete the THRIVE application
- Apply for IUPUI Housing (if you plan to live on campus)
- Apply for early housing move-in (if you plan to live on campus)
We’re ready to talk if you are. Send us an email or give us a call. We can tell you more about the program and benefits or help you get everything done for the application process.
This program is made possible by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and IUPUI.
*The amount of financial aid offered to each student will vary and is determined by financial need and other information provided on your FASFA