More than two dozen first-generation Indiana college students have received $3,000 scholarships from Independent Colleges of Indiana that were funded by Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. The “Realizing the Dream” program recognizes students who are the first to attend college in their families.
The students attend ICI’s 29 private, non-profit colleges and universities.
ICI says the recipients were recognized for their “outstanding achievement” during their freshman year at college.
“Thanks to the continued support of Lilly Endowment, we get the opportunity to hear the inspiring stories of these first-generation students and the impact local educators have had on their drive to succeed academically,” said ICI President & Chief Executive Officer David Wantz. “These scholarship awards will provide critical support for these young people who are dreaming of future success.”
Below is the list of recipients, and here is a link to videos of the winners who talk about the importance of the scholarships.
- Elliandra Christina Morales, Hobart: Anderson University
- Abbie Suiter, Elkhart: Bethel University
- Brianna Copenhaver, Greenwood: Butler University
- AnnaMaria Hernandez, Whiting: Calumet College of St. Joseph
- Jeremy Espinoza, Elkhart: DePauw University
- Diana Santiago-Cruz, Richmond: Earlham College
- Darian Porter, Evansville: Franklin College
- Bryan A. Moreno, Goshen: Goshen College
- DaZhané Jones, Indianapolis: Grace College
- Mya Urba, Westfield: Hanover College
- Julian Garcilazo, South Bend: Holy Cross College
- Olivia Grace Markley, Markle: Huntington University
- Jaelyn Fox, Churubusco: Indiana Institute of Technology
- Jaileen Diaz, Portage: Indiana Wesleyan University
- Valeria Jimenez, Akron: Manchester University
- Luis Oviedo, Indianapolis: Marian University
- Khloye V. Strickland, Mackey: Oakland City University
- Courtney Valmore, Indianapolis: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
- Isabell Coryea, Plainfield: Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
- Hannah Stewart, Westville: Saint Mary’s College
- Kelsey Denison, Fort Wayne: Taylor University
- Kristen Azzue, Waterloo: Trine University
- Jenna Littlejohn, Linton: University of Evansville
- Mariana Fletes-Cuevas, Shelbyville: University of Indianapolis
- Gavin Wade Ealey, Fort Wayne: University of Notre Dame
- Elma Cehic, Fort Wayne: University of Saint Francis
- Fatima Garcia, Portage: Valparaiso University
- Richard Pan, Crawfordsville: Wabash College