Local student earns “Realizing the Dream” Scholarship
Drey King, a first year student at Holy Cross College, has not always had the fortune of a good support system when it came to his academics. Told throughout life that he would not finish high school...that he would never make it to college...that he would not become an engineer, Drey is motivated, inspired, and driven to prove his naysayers wrong.
So, it is with great pleasure that Holy Cross announces Drey King of South Bend, Indiana as the institution's 2012 "Realizing a Dream" Outstanding First Generation Student at Holy Cross College.
To be eligible for the award, students must show outstanding work ethic and determination, and must be from a family whose parents have not completed college degrees. A scholarship recipient is chosen by each of the 32 independent college campuses in Indiana. Additionally, award nominees are asked to nominate a mentor teacher who helped inspire them toward the dream of excelling college.
Drey lost his mother at the tender age of 14 and continues to struggle with the loss each and every day. In spite of life-hardships experienced as a youngster, and transferring between three different schools during his high school career (South Bend St. Joseph, Riley, and Clay High Schools), King has kept a positive outlook, enjoying the little things in life and focusing on his favorite quote of "living life to its fullest", while holding on to his belief that "everything in life happens for a reason".
Without much guidance or assistance, Drey King went on to earn his GED, which allowed him acceptance at Holy Cross College. Drey credits his Marshall Elementary (now Marshall Intermediate) teacher, Mrs. Pollock, for inspiring and encouraging him through difficult times and with his academic dreams.
Ceremonies will be held on Saturday, November 10th at the Hilton Indianapolis North Hotel, 8181 N. Shadeland Ave., Indianapolis. Media coverage for this event is welcomed, and no advance arrangements are necessary. However, anyone interested in joining the honorees for dinner, please call Linda Meador at (317) 236-6090 x221 no later than noon, Friday, November 9th.
In acknowledging the award King said, "It sincerely means a lot to me to see the hard work pay off. I am honored to have been selected." In addition to his full-time academic load, Drey, who is passionate about math, works in Holy Cross College's Math Tutoring Center where he assists fellow students. King would like to eventually attend the University of Notre Dame or Purdue University, enroll in the engineering program, and become a green engineer or an astronaut.
"Even though life has many unexpected turns," said King, "I try my best to keep my head up. Holy Cross is preparing me well and my first year of college is better than what I expected it to be."
Made possible by a grant to the Independent Colleges of Indiana from the Lilly Endowment, "Realizing the Dream" recognizes the triumphs of first-generation students in their first year of college. The student honorees are Indiana high school graduates who subsequently demonstrated superior academic performance during their first year of studies and exhibited leadership in campus or community activities. A $2,000 grant will be mailed to the institution to be deposited into the student's account and applied toward the cost of his/her education.
The program also celebrates the roles played by teachers and parents in shaping student aspirations for a college education. After being chosen by their college, the students then named the elementary or secondary teacher or counselor who most influenced them to attend college. These mentors will each receive a $1,000 professional development award.
Attending the banquet in addition to the students, parents, and teachers will be special guests, presidents of the colleges, and the campus coordinators of the "Realizing the Dream" program.
To learn more about Holy Cross College visit the website at www.hcc-nd.edu.
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Holy Cross College is a Catholic, four-year, co-educational, liberal arts institution founded in 1966 by the Brothers of Holy Cross. With a 13:1 faculty/student ratio, students find personal attention from professors who care about their success and development in mind, body, and spirit. The Four Pillars of the core curriculum include a professional internship, service to others, a global perspective experience, and a senior Capstone presentation which summarizes and synthesizes each student's learning. Located in Notre Dame, Indiana, Holy Cross College provides the best of both worlds: a close-knit, small college atmosphere with the resources and social opportunities of a large university.