College Bound Scholars

Some 169 recipients of Hammond College Bound Scholarships are furthering their education at Purdue University Calumet this fall.

Program introduced in 2006

The College Bound Scholarship Program was introduced by Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. and the city of Hammond in 2006 to encourage home ownership within the city. Academically-qualified students residing within city limits in a dwelling owned and occupied by their parents or guardians can qualify for the scholarship. Annual scholarships of up to $10,100—the cost of tuition for 30 credit hours at Indiana University in Bloomington—are awarded.

Each actual monetary award is determined by the number of years in which a scholar has lived in the parent/guardian-owned residence and the amount of other scholarships and financial assistance received.

Funded by gaming dollars

Funded by city gaming dollars, the scholarships are renewable for four years and can be applied to tuition and fees at any accredited college or university in Indiana. To renew their scholarship, College Bound Scholars must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0 (4.0 scale) and perform at least 40 hours of community service each year, while their family maintains homeownership in Hammond.

“The College Bound Scholarship Program reflects an ongoing commitment to improve the quality of life within the City of Hammond,” Program Coordinator Africa Tarver said. “Students are able to obtain academic enrichment, while developing a personal sense of satisfaction, as they contribute to the city of Hammond through community service.”

Annually, an average of some 450 Hammond students receives College Bound Scholarships. More than 800 students have received the scholarship since the program began, according to Tarver.

There is no limit on the number of students from a family household who can receive the scholarship.

An asset to the community

Purdue Calumet Director of Student Financial Services Beatriz Contreras calls the College Bound program unique and an asset to the community.

“This kind of scholarship program sends a message to the citizens of Hammond that their city and Purdue Calumet are interested in assisting residents to further their education after high school graduation,” she said.

More College Bound Scholarship recipients attend Purdue Calumet than any other college or university.