IUPUI Elite 50

Recognizing Your Achievements

The Division of Student Affairs, the IUPUI Graduate Office, and Graduate and Professional Student Government are pleased to honor the 2021 IUPUI Elite 50.

Each year, IUPUI honors 50 graduate and professional students who demonstrate excellence beyond the classroom in areas such as campus leadership, scholarly work, and community engagement.

The Elite 50 represents the best of the best among IUPUI’s graduate and professional students and captures everything that makes our campus exceptional.

Individuals who are positioned as the top 10 applicants receive the Premier 10 award. The Dr. Charles R. Bantz Award for Excellence is given to the top applicant of all Elite 50 candidates. The award is named after Chancellor Emeritus
Charles R. Bantz in recognition of his service to the IUPUI community and his commitment to graduate and professional students.

We are proud of your achievement and, though we cannot gather on campus, we can join together online to share this moment.

Who is eligible?

Currently enrolled graduate & professional students who are in good standing with the university and are in a degree-seeking graduate or professional program.

Applicants will be evaluated based upon their contributions while enrolled at IUPUI as a graduate or professional student including efforts in; 1) community engagement and service; 2) campus engagement and service and 3) research and scholarly work.

A panel of faculty, staff, and students, including an ex officio representative of the campus administration, will participate in reviewing applications.


  • Online application showcasing community engagement, campus engagement, service, research and scholarly work.
  • Submission of one letter of recommendation attesting to the student’s leadership, scholarship, and community engagement activities by designated recommender.


From the 50 students selected for recognition as the Elite 50, the top students will be cited as the Premier 10. The overall award winner will receive the
Charles R. Bantz Award for Excellence and a $500 scholarship.

Important Dates

Winners will be announced by the end of February and will be honored at the IUPUI Elite 50 Virtual Award Banquet and following Award pick up and photo op.

  • January 24, 2021 – Application Deadline

  • February 1, 2021 – Recommendation Letter Deadline

  • April 6, 2021 – IUPUI Elite 50 Award Virtual Banquet

  • April 7 - 9, 2021 - IUPUI Elite 50 Award Pick up and Photo op