Graduate Professional Student Government

Elite 50 Information and Application

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The 4th Annual Elite 50 recognizes student achievements in scholarship and service beyond the classroom. Honorees represent the best of the over 8,000 graduate and professional students at IUPUI.

  • Application Overview

    • Applicants must be a graduate and professional student on the IUPUI campus in an IUPUI program. December 2017 graduates are eligible to apply. There is no nomination process. 
    • Applicants must be in good academic standing within their respective school. There is no GPA requirement.
    • All activities applicants document must have occurred during their academic years as a graduate or professional student at IUPUI. 
    • Applicants should submit their application and materials no later than 11:59 PM on Monday, January 15th, 2018. Award recipients will be notified the week of March 19th.
    • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Evaluation Criteria

    Applicants will be evaluated in two categories: Letter of Recommendation (LOR) and University Service/Community Benefit.

    • Recommendation Letter. The LOR must: 
      • Be written on professional letterhead with contact information and signature
      • Show knowledge of candidate
      • Evaluate accomplishments of applicant
      • Discuss personal characteristics of applicant which make for an ideal Elite 50 candidate
    • University Service/Community Benefit. Applications will be based on the following criteria:
      • Frequency of Service/Involvement
      • Duration of Service/Involvement
      • Level of Involvement
      • Responsibilities
      • Benefit to the organization, university, or community.
  • Awards

    Elite 50 - This award is given to students whose score ranks in the top fifty of applications submitted.

    Premier 10 - This award is given to students whose score ranks in the top ten of applications submitted.

    Dr. Charles R. Bantz Award for Excellence - This award is given to the student who achieves the highest score amongst all applications.

  • Considerations

    • If you have previously been awarded an Elite 50 award, you may not apply in this cycle.
    • If you have applied previously but not been awarded an Elite 50 award, you are free to re-apply.
    • Only jobs or positions that a student is involved with during their time as a graduate/professional student will be considered.  
    • If applicants have questions please refer to the Elite 50 FAQ section on the GPSG website or email the GPSG Vice President at  

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All winners will be invited to the Elite 50 Celebration Dinner which takes place on April 11th, 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the University Tower Ballroom. 

Tickets for the dinner will go on sale during the spring semester for $45 for individuals and $450 for an IUPUI Faculty/Staff/Student Table (10 Seats)

2017 Elite 50 recipients
2016 Elite 50 recipients

Questions, comments, or table/ticket purchases, please contact GPSG Vice President, Danielle Neal, at