Realizing the Dream 2021-2022

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. Click here to read the press release.

 

REALIZING THE DREAM RECIPIENTS

Elliandra Christina Gonzalez

 

College: Anderson University

Most Influential Educator: Alaina Kent, Indiana Connections Academy

Abbie Suiter

 

College: Bethel University

Most Influential Educator: Deborah Yoder, Elkhart Christian Academy

Brianna Copenhaver

College:  Butler University

Most Influential Educator: Stephen Blackburn, Promise Road Elementary School

AnnaMaria Hernandez

 

College: Calumet College of St. Joseph

Most Influential Educator: Wendy Akers, Area Career Center (Hammond)

Jeremy Espinoza

 

College: DePauw University

Most Influential Educator: Elise Maller, Weisser Park School

Diana Santiago-Cruz

 

College: Earlham College

Most Influential Educator: Tre Ronne, Richmond High School

Darian Porter

 

College: Franklin College

Most Influential Educator: Knetra Shaw, Lincoln School

Bryan A. Moreno

 

College: Goshen College

Most Influential Educator: Matthew P. James, Goshen High School

DaZhané Jones

 

College: Grace College

Most Influential Educator: Alicia Hervey, The PATH School

Mya Urba

 

College: Hanover College

Most Influential Educator: Jason Bousman, Westfield High School

Julian Garcilazo

 

College: Holy Cross College

Most Influential Educator: Andrea Smolinski, Saint Joseph High School

Olivia Grace Markley

 

College: Huntington University

Most Influential Educator: Mark Buzzard, Huntington North High School

Jaelyn Fox

 

College: Indiana Institute of Technology

Most Influential Educator: Jordan Turner, Churubusco Jr/Sr High school

Jaileen Diaz

 

College: Indiana Wesleyan University

Most Influential Educator: Trinitie Braner, Portage High School

Valeria Jimenez

 

College: Manchester University

Most Influential Educator: Kristopher Walker, Tippecanoe Valley High School

Luis Oviedo

 

College: Marian University

Most Influential Educator: Jason Hendrickson, North Central High School Career Center

Khloye V. Stickland

 

College: Oakland City University

Most Influential Educator: Gary Horrall, Waldo J. Wood Memorial High School

Courtney Valmore

 

College: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Most Influential Educator: Jillian Pualen, Herron high School

Isabell Coryea

 

College: Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Most Influential Educator: Shane Abrell, Plainfield High School

Hannah Stewart

 

College:  Saint Mary’s College

Most Influential Educator: Bobbi Hall, Westchester Intermediate School

Kelsey Denison

 

College: Taylor University

Most Influential Educator: Jennifer Knarr, Blackhawk Middle School

Kristen Azzue

 

College: Trine University

Most Influential Educator: Susan Zuber, DeKalb High School (retired)

Jenna Littlejohn

 

College: University of Evansville

Most Influential Educator: Bridget Lester, The Indiana Academy for Science

Mariana Fletes-Cuevas

 

College: University of Indianapolis

Most Influential Educator: Jennifer Teague, Shelbyville Central Schools

Gavin Wade Ealey

 

College: University of Notre Dame

Most Influential Educator: Alicia Baumgartner, Bishop Luers High School

Elma Cehic

 

College: University of St. Francis

Most Influential Educator: Greg Novak, Canterbury School

Fatima Garcia

 

College: Valparaiso University

Most Influential Educator: James Asbury, Portage High School

Richard Pan

 

College: Wabash College

Most Influential Educator: Anita Harris, Mollie B. Hoover Elementary