African American Fund

IU Columbus African American Fund Scholarship

The African American Fund of Bartholomew County (AAFBC), in conjunction with IU Columbus, has created a scholarship fund that will provide a student with $1000 per year for four years to attend IU Columbus. The student must be an incoming freshman at IU Columbus.


I am pleased that the African American Fund of Bartholomew County and Indiana University Columbus are partnering to establish a program to provide financial and advisory support to students who attend IU Columbus. The goal of the program is to help reduce the financial barrier for college attendance and to encourage local students to pursue and earn a college degree where they can receive both financial and non-financial support. This program will benefit the student, IU Columbus and the community.

- Tom Harmon, President African American Fund of Bartholomew County

How to Apply

Requirements and Description:

  • Applicant is an incoming IU Columbus first year (freshman) student
  • Applicant must be admitted as a student with the intent to pursue a bachelor’s degree
  • Applicant must be enrolled as full-time student at IU Columbus
  • Preference will be given for African American students. Because as part of its mission, Indiana University is committed to diversity, special consideration will be given to underrepresented populations including but not limited to financially challenged students and/or students with diverse cultural experiences.
  • $1000 paid in two payments - $500 paid in the fall semester and $500 paid in the spring semester.
  • After initially receiving the scholarship, a recipient can seek renewal of the scholarship annually for up to three academic years beyond the freshman year dependent upon academic performance.
  • The scholarship recipient will receive academic advisement from IU Columbus staff and mentoring from professionals.


heritage_fund_logo.jpgThe African American Fund of Bartholomew County was established in 2013 by The Heritage Fund, Community Foundation of Bartholomew County to help educate and inspire African Americans who reside in Bartholomew County by focusing on:

  • Education
  • Leadership Development
  • Economic/Career Development
  • Health Awareness
  • Arts & Cultural Events

The purpose of the African American Fund of Bartholomew County is to enhance the quality of life for the African American community  and therefore the broader community. Get more information at

For more information about the African American Fund Scholarship, please contact:

Dr. Kevin Jones, Ed.D. 
Phone: 812-348-7290