Indianapolis Urban League

Project Ready: College Readiness & STEM

Project Ready: College Readiness & STEM

The Burke, Dabner, Rodman Family Scholarship is now closed.  The deadline to receive applications was midnight, Wednesday, July 29th

The Burke, Dabner, Rodman Family Scholarship

The Indianapolis Urban League is pleased to introduce The Burke, Dabner, Rodman Family Scholarship Program endowed by Kaaren and Mike Rodman in honor of their parents Shirley, Allen Burke, Faye and Hubert Dabner to ease the financial barriers for students of color seeking a post-secondary degree who is committed to achievement and making a significant impact on their post-secondary institution through leadership and service.

The Burke, Dabner, Rodman Family Scholarship award recipient will receive a $5,000 educational scholarship applied over four years at $1,250 per year.  The recipient is also eligible to receive The Burke, Dabner, Rodman Family Scholarship Assistance Fund, up to $1,000 over four years of undergraduate studies for non-academic needs or unforeseen emergencies, in recognition of needs beyond traditional academic costs.

Read about last year’s award recipient.

Project Ready College Readiness

In April 2008, the Indianapolis Urban League (IUL) received a two-year grant from the National Urban League to implement the Project Ready (PR) Curriculum in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis affiliate is one of the original eight Project Ready sites nationwide. Project Ready, a National Urban League initiative, which has a set curriculum, is a year-long program designed to prepare 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students to navigate college. The evidence-based Project Ready curriculum was developed jointly by the National Urban League and City University of New York(CUNY) and is comprised of three (3) major components: Academic Development, Social Development, and College Culture  Awareness. More importantly, there is a set of explicit student outcomes for each curriculum component, which are guided by an Individual College Development Plan (ICDP). This plan is developed with input from participating students and their parents or caregivers. The Indianapolis Urban League’s (IUL) current Project Ready Indianapolis (PRI) sites are community high schools George Washington (GW) and T.C. Howe (TCH) that enroll students from grade seven through twelve (7-12). Project Ready Indianapolis secured funding for the 2015-16 school year to expand to two suburban public school districts in Indianapolis in Warren and Wayne Townships at Ben Davis High School and The Renaissance Academy respectively. Since the 2015 -16 school year, Project Ready Indianapolis expanded to two suburban public school districts in Indianapolis in Warren and Wayne Townships at The Renaissance Academy and Ben Davis High School respectively.

Project Ready STEM

School (Charter Schools USA) and Creston Intermediate Academy and Creston Middle School co-located in Warren Township. The primary purpose of the After School STEM Initiative is to provide opportunities for academic enrichment to meet state and local student academic achievement standards as well as exposure to and hands on Science activities and exposure to STEM careers. The first year pilot was provided through a grant from The Comcast Foundation. The 2015-17 year activities were jointly funded by The Comcast Foundation and USA Funds. The 2017-18 school year is being funded buy Comcast and LEI.