IUPUI Elite 50

IUPUI Elite 50

Celebrating graduate and professional student excellence

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. These IUPUI Elite 50 represent the best of the best among IUPUI’s graduate and professional students and capture everything that makes IUPUI exceptional.

Who is eligible?

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

Nominees 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, students, and 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.
  • One letter of recommendation attesting to the student’s leadership, scholarship and community engagement activities


From the 50 students elected for recognition as the IUPUI 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 Award Banquet on April 10, 2019.

  • January 16, 2019 – Application Deadline
  • April 10, 2019 – IUPUI Elite 50 Award Dinner