International House Global Scholar Program

Welcoming Campus Innovation Fund grant to enhance student leadership and global learning at IUPUI’s International House

In May 2017, the Office of International Affairs in partnership with Housing and Residence Life received a $25,000 grant from Chancellor Paydar’s Welcoming Campus Innovation Fund for its project, “Creating Global and Local Community through the International House.”

Support from the Welcoming Campus Innovation Fund will provide a scholarship program for International House (I-House) student leaders and bring I-House alumni with established international and domestic careers back to campus during IUPUI’s 50th Anniversary year, 2018-19. In Fall 2017, I-House selected its inaugural two Global Scholars for the 2017-18 year: Deepali Balasubramani, an Indian student from Dubai, UAE, and Nova Ellis, a U.S. student from Pendleton, Ind.

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Since 1991, I-House has served as a Residential-Based Learning Community on the IUPUI campus and has housed more than 1,100 American and international students living side by side from nearly 20 countries each year. Through immersive living with those from other countries, American and international residents alike take part in dialogue and develop friendships that allow them to understand cultural differences and be better prepared to solve global challenges facing their generation.

“By expanding International House programming and launching the Global Scholar program, I-House has the potential to bolster student learning on campus and in partnership with our metropolitan area as Indianapolis becomes a globally engaged city,” said Gil Latz, project lead and Associate Vice Chancellor of International Affairs at IUPUI.

The Welcoming Campus Innovation Fund award supported the inaugural two years of the Global Scholar program, funding one U.S. and one international student resident with a $2,500 housing stipend each year through 2018-19. The award incentivized student leaders to stay for a second year in the residence, during which they worked to build intercultural community through promoting resident participation in I-House activities that supported the global learning goals of the I-House program.

Announced in 2016 with $1 million in total funding, the Welcoming Campus Innovation Fund was designed to support collaborative, sustainable projects proposed by IUPUI faculty, staff, and students that help make IUPUI a destination campus that supports the highest levels of achievement across campus.

Funding from the grant has helped enhance programming by helping to bring back I-House alumni for speaking engagements on campus, as well as scale up existing I-House activities including resident field trips and service projects.

2019-20 Global Scholars

Abigail Bush: Junior studying Global and International Studies
Abigail Bush. Global Scholar

"Last year, one of my favorite places was I-House. I met most of my good friends, and every day was fun! I was comfortable, and it I-House truly felt like a community. When I heard that I was going to be a Global Scholar this semester, I was filled with joy! However, because of pandemic complications, this semester has not felt like a community. We will keep pushing forward, and I hope for next semester to have many events!!"

Hong Tan: Second Semester Sophomore Studying Electronical Engineering Technology

Hong Tan. Global Scholar

"My name is Hong Tan and I am from Cambodia. I have been studying in the United States for 6 years; included 4 years of high-school.  Two things that made me want to live in I-House is that I can meet and interact with different people and learn about different cultures from around the world. I decided to become a global scholar because I want to take this opportunity to enrich my intellect and experiences with everyone around the world. One thing that I hope to accomplish as a global scholar is to make everyone aware that we are one big family, as a human race."

Support I-House leaders who will impact our world

sisters Hannah and Megan Ishikawa smilingYou can empower a leader and sustain our global community at I-House.  In 2016, we launched the I-House Global Scholar program to fund a second year on-campus housing resident to lead international programming while building leadership skills. Global Scholars will receive a $2,500 annual stipend. 

Your contribution of any amount will support the I-House Global Scholar program! A $2,500 one-time gift can fully fund one I-House Global Scholar. We seek to select one American and one international Global Scholar each year. 

Visit, select your preferred Gift option, and type “I-House” in the search box. All gifts received in 2016-17 will go to the I-House Global Scholars program.

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