Anderson University student Riley Miller, a sophomore majoring in exercise science from Goshen, Ind., was honored as an outstanding first-generation college student. Miller and 30 other students from Indiana’s independent colleges and universities were recognized in November during the 24th 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. [Photo: Riley Miller and his teacher Jenny Ketcham from Fairfield Jr./Sr. High School.]
Each honored student received a $2,000 check to help with college costs, and each student’s chosen "most influential” teacher/mentor received $1,000. One out of every three students on ICI campuses is a first-generation one. 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 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, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.