11/21/11 Ancilla College’s Carolyn Connor was one of 31 students from Indiana’s independent colleges and universities who was recently celebrated at the Independent Colleges of Indiana’s (ICI) “Realizing the Dream” banquet.
Connor, a sophomore from Knox, was selected as Ancilla College’s “Outstanding First-Generation Student”.
Dr. John Fogl, Professor of Biology, was chosen by Connor as her “most influential” teacher.
Made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to ICI, the event recognizes first-generation students attending ICI campuses, along with their inspirational teachers and families.
The year’s banquet was held at the Hilton Indianapolis North.
Each honored student received a $2,000 scholarship to help with college costs, and each student’s chosen “most influential” teacher received $1,000.
One out of every three students on ICI campuses is a first-generation one, with the average family income of students attending one of Indiana’s independent colleges approximately $3,500 less than that of their peers at public four-year colleges. 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.
ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents the state’s 31 nonprofit accredited colleges and universities. ICI member institutions enroll some 87,000 students (approximately 22 percent of all students statewide) and annually produce 35 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in Indiana.
Ancilla College is a Catholic, two-year, co-educational, liberal arts college in Donaldson, Indiana sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.
Photo: Carolyn Connor (right) is presented with the “Realizing the Dream” award.