Katelyn Pelton Earns the "Realizing a Dream" Scholarship
Katelyn Pelton, daughter of Tom and Tracy Pelton of Carmel, Indiana and a Carmel High School 2009 graduate has been named the "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.
Ceremonies will be held on Saturday, November 6th 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 5th.
Commenting on her nomination, Brian Howard, Director of Academic Development at Holy Cross College, said, "Katelyn has worked very hard to become an outstanding student since arriving at Holy Cross. She maintains a strong GPA as a Business Major while also participating on the cheerleading squad, working with Habitat for Humanity, and staying involved in other activities."
In acknowledging the award, Katelyn said, "I give a lot of the credit to the professors at Holy Cross. Having come from a very large high school, I knew I wanted a different atmosphere for my college experience. I came to Holy Cross because it is very small and that gives me an opportunity to develop relationships with my professors, get personal attention when I need it, and grow as a student." In acknowledging her mentor, Katelyn explained, "I nominated my third grade math teacher, Mrs. Donnelson, who I had again for my sixth grade year at Clay Middle School in Carmel. She was very instrumental in igniting my love of learning."
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.