Olaniyan Scholars

The Olaniyan Scholars Program promotes the development of undergraduate research and professional experience through African American and African Diaspora Studies. Scholars enter into a highly structured course of study focusing on the lives, history, traditions, interests, and communities of people of African descent. The Program provides instate tuition, is renewable, and includes a stipend.


A completed application form An official high school transcript/GED scores* An official university transcript(s) (sophomore/junior/transfer students only)* Essay question response At least 2 letters of recommendation (one academic and one extracurricular) Interview (if selected as a finalist) General admission acceptance to IUPUI (or an application for general admission on file with the university) FAFSA form, except for international students.


The program is open to freshmen, sophomore, and junior students (you must be classified a freshman, sophomore, or junior by the university in the fall of the year that you enter the program) who meet regular admission requirements to enroll at IUPUI and who have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and community engagement. Students must also have achieved a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) to apply. The program is open to students of all races, nationalities, and backgrounds. However, priority consideration will be given to students underrepresented in higher education majoring in the Humanities and Social Sciences (or the School of Liberal Arts). Applicants must also be working toward their first bachelor's degree (dual degree students with at least one major in the School of Liberal Arts may also apply). See complete description at the Olaniyan website.