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Jose O. Rios Named a “Realizing the Dream” Outstanding First Generation Student

Jose O. Rios Named a “Realizing the Dream” Outstanding First Generation Student

Jose O. Rios son of Norma and Octavio Rios of Elkhart, IN, and a Concord High School graduate has been named the "Realizing the Dream" Outstanding First Generation Student at Holy Cross College.

According to Brian Howard, the Holy Cross Director of Academic and Student Development who nominated him, " Jose has an outstanding work ethic. He maintains a 3.44 GPA as a Business Major while also working two part time jobs and playing varsity on our Saints soccer team as an outstanding midfielder."

"It's nice to be acknowledged for all the hard work I have put into my academic career," said Jose. "It was also cool to nominate my favorite High School teacher, Ms. Kinch, for helping me get to this point," he continued.

Outstanding first-generation students from 32 independent college campuses in Indiana and the mentors who most encouraged those students to seek a college degree will be honored in Indianapolis on Saturday, November 9th. Jose chose Valentina M. Kinch of Concord Jr. High School to receive the award with him.

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.

If anyone at Holy Cross College would like to nominate a "Realizing the Dream" scholar for next year, please send your suggestions to Brian Howard.