Anderson University student Brittany Hinkle, a sophomore from Bargersville, Ind., will be honored on Saturday, Nov. 10, as an outstanding first-generation college student. Hinkle and 30 other students from Indiana’s independent colleges and universities will be recognized during the 23rd annual “Realizing the Dream” banquet in Indianapolis.
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 $2,000 check to help with college costs, and each student’s chosen “most influential” teacher will receive $1,000. This year’s keynote speaker is Alan Hill, vice president for enrollment and marketing at Franklin College. A first generation college student himself, Hill is a DePauw University alumnus and has held various administrative positions there, as well as at Alma College in Michigan.
One out of every three students on ICI campuses is a first-generation student. 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 Lilly Endowment Inc. for making this inspirational program possible,” says Richard L. Ludwick, ICI president & CEO. “We are proud, too, that because of the higher graduation rates of our ICI colleges and universities, these students are twice as likely to realize the dream of completing their degrees in four years.”
Independent Colleges of Indiana is a membership association of the state’s 31 private, nonprofit colleges and universities. ICI member institutions enroll some 90,000 students (approximately 20 percent of all students statewide) and annually produce 35 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in Indiana. Information about ICI is available at www.icindiana.org.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.