(This is a brief history about the Academy Scholarships f rom the Senior Sentinel, the newsletter of theIUPUI Senior Academy / May 2008.)
The Academy’s scholarship program has been named in honor of Art Mirsky, one of the original members of the committee that created the program in 2001. He has been a vigorous and passionate advocate of scholarships since that time and has headed the committee. The Arthur Mirsky Scholarship Programnow funds three scholarships at a level of $2,000 each per year.
Mirsky was the first chair of the IUPUI Geology Department when it was formed in 1967 until he approached retirement in 1993. He observed then that able students often could not attend IUPUI because of finances. He is especially interested in students who had to drop out for various reasons and want to come back as the most needy. In 2001 an anonymous donor gave $25,000 to begin the Academy scholarship program, intending to finance a graduate of an IPS high school to attend IUPUI. Mirsky suggested that returning students also are needy and a second fund was begun. Originally, funds came from general Academy operations but as a third scholarship was added in 2006, they are now targeted to be endowed, assuring a perpetual funding source.
Mirsky, who volunteers to teach one course a semester in the department, thinks the scholarship program is the most important of Academy endeavors. He hopes the fund program can be expanded to include graduate students