Day, a sophomore, is the first in her family to attend college and was selected because of her outstanding achievement during her freshman year.Â Day chose Kristin Korcha, chair of the science, math, & technology division at Ancilla College as her most influential teacher.
“Shelly Day’s drive, persistence, and optimismÂ make her a perfectÂ award recipient, and I am honored to teach her as she excels atÂ Ancilla College.Â Ancilla offers first-generation college students unsurpassed opportunities, one-on-one attention, and dedication to individualized learning unlike any other,â€ť said Korcha.Â
â€śRealizing the Dreamâ€ť is a $2000 scholarship to help with college costs, made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.Â First-generation students who attend an Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) school are eligible.Â The studentâ€™s most influential teacher or mentor also receives a $1000 check.Â
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 (www.ancilla.edu) is a Catholic, liberal arts, Associateâ€™s Degree college in Donaldson, Indiana, sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.