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ICI Smart: November 2014
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Independent Colleges Indiana

2014 "Realizing the Dream" Celebration”

25th Anniversary

As the first in my family to attend college, my favorite event as ICI president is our annual “Realizing the Dream” banquet, recognizing an outstanding first-generation sophomore from each of our 31 private colleges and universities. This year’s event, held November 1 in Indianapolis, was even more special, marking the 25th anniversary of this program made possible by a Lilly Endowment Inc. grant and bringing the total number of students recognized to date to more than 750. Each honored student received a $2,500 check to help with college costs, and each student’s chosen “most influential” teacher received $1,000.

Santiago Jaramillo, a recent Indiana Wesleyan graduate, was the keynote speaker, sharing the story of his family's flight from Colombia after finding themselves on a guerrilla “kidnap list” and his founding of a mobile app company while still in college. His company, Blue Bridge Digital, recently attracted more than $1 M in venture capital and is experiencing exponential growth. His message to the students:  perseverance and adaptability. He told them about his own first year of sales ($0) and the company responsible for the video game “Angry Birds,” which far from the overnight success it has been portrayed, succeeded only after a string of 51 failures.

Watch the “Realizing the Dream” anniversary video.

For Your Consideration

For a complete listing of 2014 “Realizing the Dream” scholars and more information about this inspirational program:

Richard Ludwick

Message from ICI President & CEO Richard Ludwick

Independent Colleges of Indiana is sharing this informational update with you – as one of our stakeholders – to illustrate the performance and contributions of our 31 member colleges and universities and why they are the smart choice for students and for Indiana. We hope you find this information helpful in sharing that story with community leaders, colleagues, parents, students, and friends. If you have any questions or comments, please just let us know (contact information below).