IUPUI-SHJ Alternative Break Scholars (Service Learning)

As part of the IUPUI Sam H. Jones Scholarship Program, the Alternative Breaks program offers two scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled full time for the 2020-2021 academic year and who will have attended an Alternative Break Trip (Fall or Spring) by April 12, 2021.

Alternative Break Trip Leaders: The goal of an Alternative Breaks Trip Leader (ABTL) at IUPUI is to be fully engaged in the planning and implementation of a quality Alternative Spring Break trip. This experience is designed to promote continued learning for both the Trip Leader and their participants while, at the same time, broadening individual leadership skills and perspectives. Trip Leaders are responsible for all aspects of planning the alternative break, managing group process, and leading the trip participants through service, education, and reflection.

Alternative Break Co-Coordinator: The Alternative Break Co-Coordinator (AB CoCo) serves as the student management team for the Alternative Breaks program. CoCos support recruitment, fundraising, marketing, and education efforts. They support and facilitate the ABTL scholars through effective communication, support, and regular check-in meetings. Finally, CoCos are responsible for planning a Fall Alternative Break with another Co-Coordinator and planning an Alternative Break on their own.

• Have a minimum GPA of 2.75.
• Be an undergraduate or graduate student.
• Strongly recommended to have attended one IUPUI alternative break trip by April 12, 2021.
• Are not on IUPUI academic or disciplinary probation.
• Have a minimum number of credit hours per semester to remain eligible: 9 credit hours for undergraduate students; 6 credit hours for graduate students.
• Complete a criminal history check, which is initiated through the Center for Service and Learning.

Trip Leader: $2,000; Co-Coordinator: $4,000
Supplemental Questions
  1. IUPUI Alt Break
    • 1. Tell us your IUPUI "story." What events, organizations, people, or other experiences have shaped your time in college or journey to college? Please limit your response to 500 words.
    • 2.What social issues are most important to you and why? How have you addressed them in your community? Please limit your response to 500 words.
    • 3.What does social justice mean to you? Please limit your response to 500 words.
    • 4.Please list all of your anticipated commitments for the 2022-2023 academic year.
    • 5.Have you participated on an IUPUI Alternative Break trip before? This is required in order to apply for the scholarship.
    • 6.How many IUPUI Alternative Break trips have you been on?
    • 7.Please write in which trips you attended, including the break, year, and location.
    • 8.Why would you like to serve as an Alternative Break Scholar? And why specifically are you applying for the AB CoCoordinator (AB CoCo), AB Trip Leader (ABTL), or both positions? Please respond in essay form with a limit of 500 words.