Norman Brown Diversity & Leadership Scholars Program

The Norman Brown Diversity and Leadership Scholars Program recruits, retains, and prepares serious, academically gifted students who have demonstrated a commitment to social justice. Program participants are encouraged to attain academic success, engage in leadership and civic activities, and prepare for a meaningful post-baccalaureate experience.

The Norman Brown Diversity and Leadership Scholars Program (NBDLSP) was created in 1988 by Norman Brown, a former Associate Director in the IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions. In 2005, the program’s name was changed to its present moniker.

The IUPUI campus has made a commitment to fostering an environment where all students can be successful. To assist in this endeavor, the NBDLSP focuses on issues that support the academic achievement of all students, including those from populations historically underrepresented in institutions of higher education within the state of Indiana.

The primary goal of the NBDLSP is to provide the enrolled scholars with opportunities for leadership development and to promote diversity on the IUPUI campus. 

For first time, incoming freshman the award is $5,000 tuition/$8,000 housing (housing stipend is only offered if students chooses to live on campus).  The total is up to 13,000 an academic year and is renewable for up to 8 semesters.  For current transfer students, the amount is $5,000 per academic year. 

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  • Objectives

     The NBDLSP works to fulfill four main objectives:
    1. Recruitment of academically talented diverse students to IUPUI
    2. Retention of this diverse population through the attainment of academic success, including recognition and encouragement for scholars who demonstrate academic excellence.
    3. Programming designed to engage participants in leadership and civic activities so they may serve as leaders in their community.
    4. Guidance and support that leads to a timely graduation and exceptional career preparation.
  • History

    The program was created under the name Minority Achievement Scholarship Program in 1988 by Norman Brown, a former Associate Director of the IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Mr. Brown retired in 1993 and that fall, a committee of faculty and staff members assumed stewardship over the program. In 2000, the name of the program was expanded to honor Mr. Brown. Later in the fall of 2005, the name was changed once again to the present moniker of the Norman Brown Diversity and Leadership Scholars Program.

    This revised name was selected to not only continue to honor Mr. Brown, the founder, but to also clearly represent the tenets of the program which are to foster leadership, scholarship and participation in service activities. Although there have been changes in the name of the program over the years, the mission of the program remains the same.