Title: Independent Colleges of Indiana and Lilly Endowment honor AU student
Amy Hoffman, a sophomore at Anderson University, was recently honored as an outstanding first-generation student during an event entitled “Realizing the Dream,” sponsored by Lilly Endowment, Inc. Hoffman, a psychology major and a native of Lebanon, Ind., was honored with students from 29 independent colleges and universities throughout Indiana. Made possible by a grant to the Independent Colleges of Indiana from the Lilly Endowment, “Realizing the Dream” recognizes the triumphs of first-generation students in their first year of college.
The student honorees are Indiana high school graduates who subsequently demonstrated superior academic performance during their freshman year and exhibited leadership in campus or community activities. A $500 contribution will be made to the general scholarship fund of each of the 30 participating colleges in the name of the students being honored.
The program also celebrates the roles played by teachers and parents in shaping student aspirations for a college education. After being chosen by their college, the students then name the elementary or secondary teacher who most influenced them to attend college. These teachers will each receive a $500 professional development award. Hoffman selected Mr. Michael Schlemmer, a teacher at Western Boone High School in Thorntown, Ind.
The speaker during this year’s “Realizing the Dream” banquet was Dr. Philip J. Faccenda, chair of the Indiana Educational Facilities Authority. Dr. Faccenda was a first-generation college student who graduated from the University of Notre Dame. After service with the Air Force during the Korean War, he received his law degree from Loyola University of Chicago.
Since 1989, “Realizing the Dream” has honored high-achieving first-generation students from independent colleges and universities in Indiana as well as the elementary or high school teachers who have inspired them. The program was conceived and developed by three former first-generation college students: William C. Bonifield, William DuBois, Jr. and Louis C. Gatto.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in theology, business and education.