11/21/11 Ancilla Collegeâ€™s Carolyn Connor was one of 31 students from Indianaâ€™s independent colleges and universities who was recently celebrated at the Independent Colleges of Indianaâ€™s (ICI) â€śRealizing the Dreamâ€ť banquet.
Connor, a sophomore from Knox, was selected as Ancilla Collegeâ€™s â€śOutstanding First-Generation Studentâ€ť.
Dr. John Fogl, Professor of Biology, was chosen by Connor as her â€śmost influentialâ€ť 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 yearâ€™s banquet was held at the Hilton Indianapolis North.
Each honored student received a $2,000 scholarship to help with college costs, and each studentâ€™s chosen â€śmost influentialâ€ť 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 Indianaâ€™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 stateâ€™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 bachelorâ€™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 â€śRealizing the Dreamâ€ť award.