Balfour Scholars Program
Although the achievement gap is narrowing at the K-12 level, barriers to college enrollment still continue to exist for many traditionally underrepresented groups. Supported by a grant from the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, the Balfour Scholars Program (BSP) is a free program for high school juniors designed to help cultivate student academic and career development as well as minimize misperceptions about affordability, unfamiliarity with higher education, and difficulties with cultural adjustment that prevent students from successfully matriculating and graduating from college.
This program is designed to maximally benefit students. On a fundamental level, the program teaches students how to become a stronger scholar, manage finances, choose an academic major, and evaluate career options that best suit their interests and abilities. Additionally, the BSP takes student development further by connecting Scholars with mentors and helping them to not only succeed, but to become a leader. However, we understand that students are interested in more than just academics. Therefore, the BSP introduces Scholars to the social aspects of college life and shows them the student clubs, campus events, and cultural activities that college has to offer.
Balfour Pre-College Academy
Once accepted as a Balfour Scholar, students attend a five-day residential visit to Indiana University-Bloomington. Academy students will participate in informational sessions and activities to develop their abilities to make informed and personalized decisions regarding their collegiate and career paths. Then throughout their senior year, students will continue to receive mentoring and access to resources to help make the transition to college a smooth one. The analytical skills learned through this program are transferable in nature and will allow students to leverage resources on any campus. For more information, download the BSP Pre-College Academy brochure.
The Balfour Pre-College Academy is one component of the BSP, and students who attend the Pre-College Academy are encouraged to consider Indiana University in their college choice process. BSP Scholars who choose to enroll at IUB will receive a comprehensive continuum of support throughout their college education at IUB.
You should apply if you:
- Are completing your junior year of high school
- Are enrolled in a college preparatory curriculum (Core 40 Diploma or Core 40 with Academic Honors Diploma in Indiana)
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
Note: Priority given to African American, American Indian, and Latino/a students
How to Apply
The deadline to apply for the 2013 program has passed.