Realizing the Dream

Congratulations to these Realizing the Dream Recipients! 

Realizing a dream takes commitment, hard work, and, most often, a helping hand from family and others. And that’s exactly what these students from Indiana’s 29 private, non-profit colleges and universities are celebrating. 

These students have realized the dream of being the first in their families to attend college, have been selected by their colleges for outstanding achievement in the freshman year, and are successfully advancing towards completing their bachelor’s degrees. Each recipient shares what it means to them to be a first-generation college student and gives thanks to an influential educator in the videos below.

 

REALIZING THE DREAM RECIPIENTS

Maddi Martin

College: Anderson University

Most Influential Educator: Kimberly Kaiser, Hamilton Heights High School

Smyrna P. Masih

College: Bethel University

Most Influential Educator: Umeki Williams, Mishawaka High School

Sarah Ripperger

College:  Butler University

Most Influential Educator: Betsy Baugh, Batesville High School

Blaze Cano

College: Calumet College of St. Joseph

Most Influential Educator: Larry Govert, Hanover Central High School

Alexis Meyer

College: DePauw University

Most Influential Educator: Chad Gayso, Jasper High School

Carly Mays

College: Earlham College

Most Influential Educator: Thom Crist, Northside Middle School

Skyler Journey Cosby

College: Franklin College

Most Influential Educator: Beth Klinker, Sacred Heart Elementary School

Ashley Penzenik

College: Goshen College

Most Influential Educator: David Kieft, Northridge High School

Bianca Jimenez-Ortiz

College: Grace College

Most Influential Educator: Jeff Stutzman, Concord Community Schools

Sierra Adkins

College: Hanover College

Most Influential Educator: Gerard Striby, Roncalli High School

Jelani Cotton

College: Holy Cross College

Most Influential Educator: Leslie Burns, John Adams High School

Victoria Hilderbrand

College: Huntington University

Most Influential Educator: Ken Bracey, Grace Christian Academy

Julia Rose VanDuyn

College: Indiana Institute of Technology

Most Influential Educator: Mindy Weaver-Flask, Shortridge High School

Maddy Welker

College: Indiana Wesleyan University

Most Influential Educator: Steve Lubbehusen, Carroll High School

Kyle Newcomb

College: Manchester University

Most Influential Educator: John Arndt, New Prairie High School

Stephany Gutierrez

College: Marian University

Most Influential Educator: Patricia Lawton, Central Nine Career Center

Quanisha Dowdell

College: Martin University

Most Influential Educator: Demond Woods, Paramount School of Excellence

Michael Nash

College: Oakland City University

Most Influential Educator: Tosha Embry, Clarksville High School

Tim Ausec

College: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Most Influential Educator: Carole Duran, Knox Community High School

Taylor Howard

College: Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Most Influential Educator: Holly Kanizer, Terre Town Elementary School

Sheccid Gutierrez

College:  Saint Mary’s College

Most Influential Educator: Tyler Gellinger, Fairview Elementary School

Ben Tobey

College: Taylor University

Most Influential Educator: Christiann MacLean, Irvington Preparatory Academy 

Garrett Adams

College: Trine University

Most Influential Educator: Andrew Shores, Morristown Jr./Sr. High School

Alyssa Burnett

College: University of Evansville

Most Influential Educator: Deb Gee, Cascade High School

Sha’Quan Logan

College: University of Indianapolis

Most Influential Educator: Pat Higgins, Brown Intermediate School

Justin Le

College: University of Notre Dame

Most Influential Educator: Doris Derheimer, Bishop Dwenger High School

Sanae Jennings

College: University of Saint Francis

Most Influential Educator: Jami Redman, John Adams High School

Payton Wolfenbarger

College: Valparaiso University

Most Influential Educator: Brenda Cooper, LaPorte High School

Austin Pickett

College: Wabash College

Most Influential Educator: Renee Howell, Fountain Central Jr./Sr. High School