Our Story

In 2006, our founders, a group of Midwest natives who had the opportunity to attend colleges such as Princeton, Harvard, Dartmouth, and Brown, got together with the goal of providing talented young women from the Midwest with these same kinds of educational opportunities.

They created the Joyce Ivy Foundation and launched the Summer Scholars program to give talented young women from the Midwest the chance to venture from home and experience life on the college campuses of our partners first-hand.

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What we do

We raise the college aspirations of the next generation of female leaders by:

  • Providing scholarships to participate in pre college summer programs
  • Empowering young women with college information at high-quality, free events across the Midwest and virtually
  • Leveraging financial aid resources at partner colleges and universities
  • Maximizing our network of college counseling and admission professionals
  • Connecting young women to a supportive community of mentors, advocates and friends
  • Igniting the potential and passion that exists in each young woman

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Where we are

To date, the Joyce Ivy Foundation has named 972 Scholars from Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska, Missouri, North Dakota, and South Dakota. These Scholars go on to attend college throughout the Midwest and around the country.

Class of 2021 College Matriculations

  • Augustana College
  • Baylor University
  • Belmont University
  • Brown University (4)
  • Case Western Reserve University (2)
  • Columbia University (2)
  • Cooper Union
  • Cornell University
  • Creighton University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Harvard University (8)
  • Hillsdale College (2)
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Lawrence University
  • The Ohio State University (2)
  • Princeton University (2)
  • Purdue University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • Smith College
  • Stanford University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Michigan (12)
  • University of Nebraska Lincoln (2)
  • University of Nebraska Omaha
  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (2)
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania (2)
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Toledo
  • Washington University in St Louis (2)
  • Wayne State University (2)
  • Wellesley College
  • Xavier University
  • Yale University (2)


Board of Directors

Associate Board

The Associate Board of Directors are dedicated Summer Scholar alumnae who help drive forward the mission of the Foundation while gaining leadership skills. They are annually voted upon by the Board of Directors and are involved in all aspects of the Foundation's operations.

Emeritus Directors


The Joyce Ivy Foundation Fellows are high school and college students who are passionate about making college more accessible to students from a variety of backgrounds. Fellows are alumnae of the Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars program who wish to pay it forward. They contribute to the Foundation by serving as mentors, planning committee members, project leaders, advisors, and innovators.