Sam Masarachia Scholars Program

Sam Masarachia Scholars Program


Sam Masarachia devoted his life to improving the lives of others through his work on behalf of the rights and betterment of our nation's workers and senior citizens. He wishes to continue his work by encouraging others to serve worker and community organizations. His belief in the potential of education to place individuals in a position to be productive and giving citizens, working toward better conditions for all, has inspired him to give to the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI to create the Sam Masarachia Scholars Program.

Mr. Masarachia, a representative for the Steelworkers Union in Indiana and an effective advocate for the fields studied in this program, understood that if working people are to have a voice in our society, they need to stay informed, organize themselves, and participate actively in the democratic process. The goal of the Sam Masarachia Scholars Program is to give tomorrow's community leaders the skills they will need to build viable democratic institutions and contribute to social and economic justice.

The Sam Masarachia Scholarship recipients must be interested in studies related to labor, senior citizen, and/or community activism and follow an approved course of study. Masarachia Scholars participate in specialized seminars, internships, and related activities. This scholarship provides full, in-state tuition (12-15 credit hours per semester) and is renewable for up to four years.

Selection Criteria

Scholarship is open to incoming IUPUI freshman and continuing students. If an incoming freshman to IUPUI please complete the IUPUI Application and the Masarachia application. Application includes essay, recommendation form, transcript, and submission of the FAFSA/demonstration of financial need. Finalists will be interviewed, and recipients will be selected by the Program advisory committee.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Entering full-time freshman or IUPUI undergraduate majors with at least two years (60+ credit hours) to complete before graduation after admission to the program may apply.
  • Recent high school graduates must have graduated in the upper 40% of their program with 1000SAT/21ACT or equivalent and be eligible for admission to IUPUI.
  • Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA at the time of application and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA to continue in the program.
  • Students must maintain full-time enrollment during their participation in the program.

Students must enroll each year into the Masarachia seminar and complete two internships.

More information is available on the Masarachia Scholars website.

How to Apply 

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