"Realizing the Dream": Celebrating First-Generation College Students
Realizing a dream takes commitment, hard work, and, most often, a helping hand from family and others. And that's exactly what 30 students from Indiana's private, non-profit colleges and universities were being celebrated for Saturday evening, November 3, at the 29th annual "Realizing the Dream" banquet.
Now sophomores, they have realized the dream of being the first in their families to go to college, have been selected by their colleges for outstanding achievement in the freshman year, and are successfully advancing towards completing their bachelor's degrees. DePauw University is proud recognize Emma Werkowski as a recipient of this scholarship and congratulate her on her success.
Made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to the Independent Colleges of Indiana, the event recognizes first-generation students attending ICI campuses, along with their inspirational teachers and families. Each honored student will receive a $2,500 check to help with college costs, and each student's selected "most influential" teacher/mentor will receive a $1,000 professional development grant. One out of every three students on ICI campuses is first-generation. Generous financial aid provided by the campuses themselves, combined with state and federal grants, makes a private college education a possibility for all students in Indiana.
"We are so grateful to the Lilly Endowment for making this inspirational program possible," says David W. Wantz, ICI president & CEO. "We are proud, too, that because of the higher graduation rates of our ICI colleges and universities, these students are significantly more likely to realize the dream of completing their degrees in four years."