Testimonials

Testimonials

Linda Hershman

School: Columbia City High School
College: Indiana University
Without 21st Century Scholars, I would not have the privilege of giving back to others. I would not have my Masters degree. I would not be providing therapy to children involved in the child welfare system. 21st Century Scholars provided me with a free undergraduate experience that allowed me to explore my capabilities and build my passion for helping!
Linda Hershman

What are they doing now?

Assistant Director - Children's Bureau, Inc

Branden Moore

School: Twin Lakes High School
College: Indiana University
21st Century Scholars gave me an opportunity I never thought possible. I was able to pursue my undergraduate degree where I developed an interest in medicine. I pursued a medical degree at LMU-DCOM and completed residency in MS. I currently serve as Chief Pulmonary and Critical Care fellow at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, OH. I will finish my training in fellowship June, 2022, afterward I plan to locate my medical practice in Indiana. All of this would not be possible if not for the 21st Century Scholars program.
Converted Branden Moore

What are they doing now?

Pulmonology and Critical Care Fellow - Doctors Hospital

Morgan Kearney

School: Bluffton High School
College: Indiana University
21st Century Scholars impacted me both personally and professionally by providing me a way to continue on my education beyond high school. While completing my undergraduate degree, I recognized my love of science and learning and continued on to earn my Masters of Science in Conservation Biology and my Masters of Arts in Teaching. I now teach science and can share my love of learning and science with all of my students. Without 21st Century Scholars, I may not have ended up where I am today, especially if I hadn’t been able to attend Indiana University where I began cultivating my passions for teaching others science.
Kearney Headshot

What are they doing now?

Conservation Biologist and Science Educator

Daniel O'Donnell

School: Eastern High School (Pekin)
College: Indiana University
The 21st Century Scholarship provided me every opportunity that I have been able to take advantage of for the past decade.
Daniel O'donnell Mc Picture

What are they doing now?

Manager of Strategic Partnerships - Merit America

Shawn McMahon

School: Seeger Memorial Jr./Sr. High School
College: Purdue University
I wouldn't have gone to college without it. The biggest problem while thinking about college was how I could afford it. I knew going into my early educational career that it may just be too expensive for my family to pay for it. I wanted to be a school teacher, but they don't make anything for the work they do and to pay of a four-year college loan would be nearly impossible. The price of colleges is absolutely ridiculous and the teacher pay is abysmal, I don't know how anyone can do it. However, I was fortunate enough to acquire this scholarship and man did it change my life. I could do what I wanted to do without fear. I went to Purdue, met the friends of a lifetime and walked immediately into a job that I love. I can't thank this program enough for letting a guy like me, in the position I was in financially, attend a four year college without having to really pay a dime after financial aid was accounted for.
Converted Shawn Mcmahon

What are they doing now?

Teacher - Seeger Memorial Jr./Sr. High School

Jacob J Ellis

School: Wabash High School
College: Purdue University
21st Century Scholars allowed me to focus on my college experience and maximize my development. The co-curricular opportunities, leadership development, and classroom work in unison to help us have a greater impact on society. 21st Century Scholars gave me the financial support needed to take on extra responsibilities as a student leader, finance service trips, study abroad, and commit to my school work. All of these experiences shape my worldview, my personal values, and my duty to improve our society. Because of these experiences, I am dedicated to build better men and do so by managing leadership experiences for college students. I am so grateful a program like 21st Century Scholars exists and supports young people with potential at a young age. Without it, my dreams and my impact on my community would be a shadow of what they are today.
Jacob Ellis

What are they doing now?

Coordinator of Undergraduate Education - Delta Tau Delta Central Office

Charles Brooks

School: Terre Haute North Vigo High School
College: Indiana University
I would not be where I am without the 21st Century Scholars program. I had dreams and goals of attending college from a young age, but there is no possible way I could have afforded to attend without this program, especially not my dream school of Indiana University. Because of this program, I was able to have a fulfilling experience that allowed me to focus on my studies and fully engage in the university setting. After I graduated from undergrad, I moved to Indiana State University to obtain a Masters degree in Student Affairs & Higher Education. I loved college so much that I decided to make a career in the same setting so I could be a resource for students like those that helped me. Nothing in my life would be the same if I had not been a part of the 21st Century Scholars program.
Converted Charles Brooks

What are they doing now?

Senior Assistant Director - Indiana University Career Development Center

Aisha Givens

School: North High School
College: Indiana State University, Ivy Tech, University of Southern Indiana
The 21st Century Scholarship gave me the opportunity to be something or do something I never imagined. I never considered college. It was never suggested in my family as an opportunity. Honestly without 21st Century, I don't know which direction my life would have taken.
Aisha Givens

What are they doing now?

Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Youth First Inc.

Jacob Corns

School: Lafayette Jefferson High School
College: Purdue University
My parents attended but did not graduate from college. My grandmother and grandfather were Purdue alumni. 21st Century Scholars gave me the opportunity and resources to complete my degree with minimal debt. In addition, they provided leadership and guidance that helped me through the most difficult of times. I'd been placed on AP from within the program before I got on the university's radar and my mentors helped me push myself so that I could overcome my challenges and succeed. I am extremely proud to say that I was able to turn around from a "below average" performing student to completing my final semester taking 21 credit hours and achieving a 3.7. I am beyond grateful for this program and believe it is critical to providing an opportunity to those with lesser means to step into the realm of higher education. It is a very overwhelming task to those who are unfamiliar with the processes and with the help of the 21st Century program they provided guidance and knowledge that helped ease this process as well as my transition into the college and professional lifestyles. Please keep this program alive!!!
Jacob Corns

What are they doing now?

Project Engineer - JE Dunn Construction

Shannon Knepp

School: Barr Reeve High School
College: Vincennes University and University of Southern Indiana
21st Century Scholars is an amazing program. My mother had to drop out of school after eighth grade. In my childhood home, there was never a push for higher education. My older brother was not a part of the 21st Century Scholars program and unfortunately he ended up dropping out of high school. The speaker for 21st Century Scholars who came to my school to discuss the program with my classmates and I was the first person who discussed higher education with me. It was after this conversation that I felt I could actually further my education and do something meaningful and rewarding with my life. With the support I received from 21st Century Scholars, I graduated from USI with a 3.8 GPA last May and have been employed in a professional position for over two years where I strive to motivate young people to pursue their dreams and to have quality goals in life. I truly believe none of these positive life events would have happened in my life if it was not for this program. This program gives children and young adults hope for their future and enables Scholars to reach their goals in life.
Shannon Knepp

What are they doing now?

Office Manager - Groups Recover Together

Heather Peacock

School: Switzerland County High School
College: Indiana University Purdue University (IUPUI) - Indianapolis
It helped me not go into thousands of dollars in student loan debt and ensured I could afford a better future for myself.
Heather Peacock

What are they doing now?

Project Manager of Biotechnology Clinical Trials - Labcorp Drug Development

Katie Shake

School: North Central High School - Farmersburg
College: Indiana University Purdue University (IUPUI) - Indianapolis
I am incredibly grateful to 21st Century Scholars for allowing me to seize my future! Not only did I receive financial assistance for college which was vital to my success, but this program encouraged me from a young age to develop positive behaviors and set high goals for myself. I am incredibly proud of my accomplishments including my Bachelors of Social Work, Masters of Social Work, and now my professional social work career. Without 21st Century Scholars, this would not have been possible! Thank you!
Anyconv.com Katie Shake

What are they doing now?

Therapist - Hamilton Center Inc

Aubrey J Hocker

School: Angola High School
College: Purdue University
The Scholars program allowed me to ignore the challenges of needing to buy books, food, housing and tuition. I was able to focus on school and not feel hunger. I was able to feel warm and build prototypes and not worry about adequate housing.
Aubrey Hocker

What are they doing now?

Pursuing master's degree in mechanical engineering

Derian Scales

School: Heritage Hills
College: University of Southern Indiana
If it weren't for 21st Century Scholars, I would have never been able to attend college or achieve the dream I always wanted.
Derian Scales

What are they doing now?

Pursuing Doctorate of Occupational Therapy

Vincent Robert Edwards

School: Waldron High School
College: Purdue Polytechnic
With the 21st Century Scholars program I was able to complete my computer information technology (CIT) degree in 2017 from Purdue Polytechnic in Columbus Indiana. Pursue an internship in Cummins in 2014 that lead me to get hired full time as an engineering associate in 2017 upon my graduation. I was able to have small loan debt compared to others without scholarships and was able to pay them back with my full time job.
Vincent Robert Edwards

What are they doing now?

Engineering Associate

Mercedes Lilliston

School: Scottsburg High School
College: Purdue University
Mercedes Lilliston

What are they doing now?

Registered Dietitian - Sodexo

Garrett Abrams

School: Rushville Consolidated High School
College: Indiana University Purdue University (IUPUI) - Indianapolis
This program allowed me to attend college and thrive! I graduated with good grades, which allowed me to join the Culver’s organization.
Garrett Abrams

What are they doing now?

Owner Operator - Culver’s restaurant in Richmond, IN

Lisa Sieverding

School: South Ripley High School
College: Butler University
21st Century Scholars provided me with financial assistance that allowed me to go to college and receive an education and experiences I otherwise would not have been able to afford. I will always be grateful for 21st Century Scholars, which played a huge part in helping me get the education I needed to become a speech-language pathologist.
Lisa Sieverding Raab

What are they doing now?

Speech Language Pathologist - All Kids Can Therapy, LLC

Jonathan Shockney

School: Union City Community High School
College: Purdue University
21st Century gave me the opportunity to go to college and come out debt free. I don't think I could have been able to be so successful with the worry of student loan debt over my head.
Jonathan Shockney

What are they doing now?

Associate Product Engineer - Nexteer Automotive

Chelsea Elwood

School: Cloverdale High School
College: Indiana State University
The 21st Century Scholar Program was a huge contributing factor for me being able to afford my undergraduate education and proceed with earning a Master's Degree. Without this scholarship I may have been discouraged from attending college due to the financial burden. They also provided me with multiple non-monetary resources while in college and I am PROUD to be a first generation 21st Century Scholar. I am now able to provide my children with a life with less worries and will be able to help direct them towards a fulfilling future and career.
Chelsea Elwood

What are they doing now?

Physician Assistant - Indiana State University and Providence Medical Group OBGYN

Dillon Gilman

School: Winamac Community High School
College: Indiana University
21st Century Scholars was a very positive factor in my college experience and as a graduate/professional. The funds provided by 21st Century Scholars and the Indiana University Covenant allowed me to focus more on my education than I otherwise could have. I still worked throughout my time at IU, but the income was mostly for savings or discretionary spending, as opposed to strictly paying for living expenses. After graduating, the benefits of 21st Century Scholars became clear when comparing my student loan debt balance and payments to those of my peers that did not receive similar benefits. Especially with entry-level positions post-graduation, it is easy to see the difficulty some face repaying vast levels of student debt. I am very fortunate and grateful to be a 21st Century Scholar.
Dillon Gilman

What are they doing now?

Lead Agent - Redfin

Marco Antonio Medina

School: Valparaiso High School
College: Valparaiso University
Personally, 21st Century Scholars not only provided me with the financial support to pursue my career and the higher learning needed to get there, but it opened many doors for me along the way. Without their support, it's highly likely I wouldn't of enrolled into college and I wouldn't be progressing as much as I did during my four years. I was able to study abroad and travel across many parts of Europe. Furthermore, 21st Century Scholars provided the means and support to motivate me to work harder and obtain my goals. I am forever thankful to 21st Century and the support they provide to many individuals like myself. It is clear as water that this is a fundamental and such vital program for first generation students wanting to make an impact in their lives and those around them.
Marco Antonio Medina

What are they doing now?

UFS Manufacturing Corporation

Haley Cawthon

School: Pike Central High School
College: Indiana University
The 21st Century Scholars program enabled me to attend the college of my dreams. Not only that, but it allowed me to graduate with my degree debt free, which has had a lasting impact on my life beyond college. Since graduating from Indiana University in 2015, I have been working full time as a journalist for a variety of publications and my husband and I recently purchased our first home here in Indiana.
Haley Cawthon

What are they doing now?

Journalist - Louisville Business First

Kayla Gallagher

School: Perry Central High School
College: University of Southern Indiana
I would have never been able to afford college after my parents divorced. With single incomes they could barely pay their own bills, let alone college tuition. 21st Century allowed me to attend college without working 40+ hours a week. I do have some student loans that I used for housing, but it was a relief to not worry about money while I was studying.
Kayla Gallagher

What are they doing now?

Butler Family Dentistry, LLC

Jarod Wilson

School: Rockville Jr/Sr High School
College: Butler University
Growing up, it was never a question as to whether or not I would go to college, but we often wondered how we would pay for it. The 21st Century Scholarship made it possible for me to not only pay for college, but go to my top choice school. I believe in the transformative nature of education--it truly can change the trajectory of someone's life. My experience with the scholarship put me on a career path where I am helping to be a catalyst for change in individuals' lives every day.
Jarod Wilson

What are they doing now?

Senior Director of Workforce and Education - Foster Success

Kathryn Staublin

School: Owen Valley High School
College: Indiana University
The 21st Century Scholars program gave me the opportunity to pursue knowledge and skills in an environment of my choosing—somewhere where I felt safe to learn and focus on my future. Without the scholarship, I don't know if I would have been able to go to college, let alone receive a degree. Ten years later, I also have a master's degree and a career in education. The 21st Century Scholars program served as the foundation I needed to succeed later on in life.
Kathryn Staublin

What are they doing now?

High School English Teacher - Plainfield Community Schools

Tyler Hannah

School: Rising Sun
College: Indiana State University
Very grateful for the program - without it I would have been in an immense amount of debt leaving college. I am so glad 21st Century Scholars helped me achieve my dreams!
Tyler Hannah

What are they doing now?

United States Air Force

Iaah Lucas

School: East Noble High School
College: Indiana University
Coming from generations of factory workers who came from coal miners, it quite literally would not have been feasible for me to go to college if not for the 21st Century Scholars program. I was able to not only complete my four-year degree with no debt, I was subsequently able to use the degree and knowledge I obtained to go on to earn my Masters of Public Health from Emory University. Now I am comfortably middle class and work in health research. I am forever grateful and hope this program continues for all those who need it.
Iaah Lucas

What are they doing now?

Senior Public Health Program Associate - Emory University

Asher Demoret

School: North Montgomery High School
College: Purdue University
21st Century Scholars was instrumental in allowing me to graduate from college debt free. The program also provided me with helpful education in professional skills such as resume writing and interviewing that I wish I had received in high school.
Asher Demoret

What are they doing now?

Polymer Chemist - IDI Composites International

Kara Green

School: Bremen Senior High School
College: Purdue University
21st Century Scholars opened the door for me to go to college. As one of seven in a single family income it was well known that my parents would not be able to help me in any way with my education. If it were not for 21st Century I would have either gone into significant debt or not been able to go to college at all.
Kara Green

What are they doing now?

Academic Advisor - Purdue University

Marvin D. Smith II

School: North Central High School
College: Indiana University Purdue University (IUPUI) - Indianapolis
The opportunity that I had from 21st Century was priceless. It gave me the option to be able to addend any college in Indiana, without completely worrying about cost. I could truly focus on being a college student and obtaining an education that I would be using for the remainder of my life. Thank You 21st Century Scholars.
Marvin D. Smith Ii

What are they doing now?

Automotive Corporate Program Recruiter - Ivy Tech Community College

Lesley Chodkowski

School: Anderson High School
College: Ball State University
The 21st Century Scholars program made it possible for me to complete by Bachelor's degree and then go on to get my Master's degree so I could work in the mental health field, following my passion of helping others.
Lesley Chodkowski

What are they doing now?

Therapist, MS, LMHC - Aspire Indiana Health

Kala Lantz

School: Mitchell Senior High School
College: Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana Wesleyan University
I was fortunate for the opportunity in the additional monetary support to further my education. This opportunity has created so many open doors for my career and helped me reach my academic goals without the burden of excessive educational costs!
Kala Lantz

What are they doing now?

Executive Administrative Assistant - NSWC Crane Naval Base

Michelle Rozinski

School: La Porte High School
College: Purdue North Central
As a young woman raised by a single mother of limited means, the 21st Century Scholars program gave me opportunities for further education that I otherwise would not have been able to acquire without at least tens of thousands of dollars of debt in the form of student loans. The education that I received enabled me to think critically and work successfully with a diverse population.
Michelle Rozinski

What are they doing now?

Banking Advisor - Horizon Bank

Nathan Elizalde

School: Donald E. Gavit
College: Purdue University Northwest
Being a 21st Century Scholar gave me the peace of mind to focus on my studies since I knew tuition would be covered.
Nathan Elizalde

What are they doing now?

Assistant director of undergraduate admissions - Purdue University Northwest

Josiah Parker

School: Lakeland High School
College: Ball State University
21st Century Scholars made it possible for me to attend college. Coming from a large, low income, family finances were always a struggle. While my parents raised me to believe in myself, believe school was important, and work hard, 21st Century Scholars allowed me to follow through with an education.
Josiah Parker

What are they doing now?

Assistant Principal - Penn High School

Cassandra Dishman

School: Warsaw Community High School
College: Indiana University
The 21st Century Scholars Program truly made the difference between me going to the college of my choice versus not being able to afford college at all. I am so thankful for the ability to pursue my dream of becoming a physician without the added stress of how I was going to pay for my undergraduate education, which was ultimately just the first of many steps towards getting my medical degree.
Cassandra Dishman

What are they doing now?

Physician - University of Virginia Health System

Logan Seger

School: Vincennes Lincoln High School
College: Indiana State University
With 21st Century Scholars, not only was was I able to attend college, but I was able to attend the college of my first choice. Without this program, my college and professional experiences would look completely different.
Logan Seger

What are they doing now?

Account Executive - Cisco

Alexis Parker

School: Center Grove High School
College: Indiana University Purdue University (IUPUI) - Indianapolis
This program allowed me to reach my dream of being a teacher, while being financially stable.
Alexis Parker

What are they doing now?

3rd Grade Teacher - MSD Decatur Township

Addy Anderson

School: Jennings County High School
College: University of Evansville
21st Century Scholars kept college in the forefront of my mind all through junior and senior high school as well as gave me the financial support and accountability I needed throughout my college career.
Addy Anderson

What are they doing now?

VPI Coordinator - Cummins Inc.

Zach Hassfurder

School: Madison Consolidated High School
College: Indiana University
I am very grateful that 21st Century Scholars provided an opportunity for me to attend college and even study abroad for a summer. I am confident that this program had a huge impact on my life.
Zach Hassfurder

What are they doing now?

Tech Lead - Capital One

Dominic Martyne

School: Jay County High School
College: Ball State University
It is through the 21st Century Scholars program that I have less college debt than other graduates. It helped fuel my MA in American History, as well as my 3 BA degrees in Philosophy, Classics, and Latin.
Dominic Martyne

What are they doing now?

Adjunct Faculty - Ivy Tech Community College

Samuel Capouch

School: Kankakee Valley High School
College: Indiana University Purdue University (IUPUI) - Indianapolis
The 21st Century Scholar program provided me with the financial resources necessary to follow my aspirations of becoming a physician. I am now a Neurology resident physician in Indianapolis working in a career I love.
Samuel Capouch

What are they doing now?

Licensed PGY-1 Resident Physician - Indiana University School of Medicine

Clairese Cherry

School: Whitko High School
College: Huntington University
If it weren't for 21st Century Scholars, I wouldn't have been able to go to my dream college.
Clairese Cherry

What are they doing now?

Skills Coach Leader - The Bowen Center

Tyler Juranovich

School: Highland High School
College: Ball State University
21st Century Scholars gave me peace of mind that I could go to college even with a single mother and not have to worry about being drowned in debt.
Tyler Juranovich

What are they doing now?

Government Reporter at Kokomo Tribune

Joshua Valadez

School: Brownsburg High School
College: Trine University
21st Century Scholars gave me the motivation at an early age to go to college. Furthermore, it didn't matter what my parents did as a profession or how much money we had, I could get higher education. Never would I thought I'd be where I am today, at 27, living on my own with a great job, and going back to school to get my MBA.
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What are they doing now?

Marketing Program Manager - Lincoln Financial Group
MBA student at Purdue University Fort Wayne

Samantha Colin

School: Corydon Central High School
College: Purdue University
If it wasn't for 21st Century, I never would have had the chance to go to undergrad and eventually grad school. It's changed the course of my life in the best way.
Samantha Colin

What are they doing now?

Current Neuroscience PhD Candidate interested in Alzheimer's Disease, Alcohol Use Disorders and Science Education at Indiana University School of Medicine

Elise Birch

School: Fishers High School
College: Purdue University
I knew for a long time that I wanted to be a therapist but that requires not only a bachelor's degree but also a master's degree. Being able to leave undergrad with little to no debt gave me the ability to go into graduate school without being too burdened. The Purdue Promise Program at Purdue University supplemented the 21st Century Scholar program and taught me about marketing myself, giving back to the community, and applying for careers and further education. I never would have been able to go to college if it wasn't for 21st Century Scholars.
Elise Birch

What are they doing now?

Therapist - Beech Tree Consulting and Psychological Services

Brian Overton

School: Linton Stockton
College: Indiana State University
It wasn't until I got older and into my career when I fully realized the importance of the program on my financial well-being.
Brian Overton

What are they doing now?

Realtor - Keller Williams

Elizabeth Guarneri

School: Oak Hill High School
College: Indiana University Purdue University (IUPUI) - Indianapolis
The 21st Century Scholars program allowed me to be debt free out of college and to buy my first house by 23. I was able to set myself up for success by not being bogged down by student loan debt.
Elizabeth Guarneri

What are they doing now?

Events Coordinator - USA Track & Field

Carley Lara

School: Gibson Southern High School
College: University of Evansville
I would not have made it to where I am without this program. I was able to attend my first choice school with almost no cost to my family.
Carley Lara

What are they doing now?

3rd Grade Teacher - Owensville Community School

Amanda Hopkins

School: Caston Jr./Sr. High School
College: Purdue Global
21st Century Scholars program gave me the chance to further my education without going into debt. Coming from a poor background it was magical to have that type of opportunity. I used the assistance to obtain an associate degree in Business Administration from Ivy Tech Community College, then went on to use it again at Western Governors University to obtain my bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a Marketing concentration. That degree helped me land a job at Purdue University as a clerk with the Capital Projects team. Now my employer is helping me get my Master's degree in Business Administration with a Project Management concentration so that hopefully someday I can take over for my boss.
Amanda J. Hopkins

What are they doing now?

Administrative Clerk - Purdue University

Austin Jordan

School: Franklin County High School
College: Ball State University
I am so thankful to have been a part of the 21st Century Scholars program. It has really impacted my life in a positive way, especially starting off a new nurse working during a global pandemic.
Austin Jordan

What are they doing now?

Registered Nurse - Good Samaritan Hospital

Karrah Pattengale

School: Attica High School
College: University of Indianapolis
The 21st Century Scholars program allowed me to attend the college of my choosing for little to nothing. With my academic achievements and their help, my undergrad was completely covered financially.
Karrah Pattengale

What are they doing now?

Certified Nursing Assistant - American Senior Communities
Pursuing Doctorate in Physical Therapy

Chelsea Naylor

School: New Albany High School
College: DePauw University
Chelsea Naylor

What are they doing now?

Outreach Manager for Northeast Indiana - Indiana Youth Institute

Brian Durham

School: Connersville High School
College: Indiana University
Without the 21st Century Scholars program, I never would have been afforded the opportunity to attend college. I had really good grades, but I didn't have the money to pay for school. Without the program, I would probably not be where I wanted to be in life at age 30.
Brian Durham

What are they doing now?

Executive Director - Connersville Chamber of Commerce.

McKenna Clifford

School: DeKalb High School
College: Purdue University
The opportunity to be a 21st Century Scholar is something I will always be grateful for. The program alleviated a huge portion of the financial stress associated with attaining a college education. It is amazing the doors this program opens for so many Hoosiers.
Mckennaclifford Small

What are they doing now?

Wealth Partner at Credent Wealth Management

Liza Serafino

School: Elkhart Central High School
College: Indiana University Bloomington
The 21st Century Scholars program made earning a degree possible for me. As a first-generation college student, the 21st Century Scholars Program helped to alleviate the financial burden, allowing me to focus on academics rather than finances. I am beyond thankful for the financial and educational resources that this program provided.
Liza Serafino

What are they doing now?

Graduate Assistant for Parent Engagement and Student Care - Indiana University Bloomington

Tyler Garrison

School: Southridge High School
College: Ball State University
Without 21st Century Scholars, I would not have been as confident and prepared for applying to and attending college. I appreciate all of the education and support the program provided me when I needed it most. Additional Thoughts: One of the biggest values of the 21st Century Scholars program was that it was one of my first guides for what to expect in and what would be expected of me in college and the world. Attending and affording college seemed more certain after becoming a 21st Century Scholar and this designation was one that was very much a part of my personal narrative surrounding college. I will never forget attending one of the 21st Century financial aid information workshops. The presenters were so engaging and I never felt judged for not knowing information. This financial literacy and eventual financial assistance from the program changed my life in so many ways and allowed my family to feel more secure when it came to my college plans."
Tyler Garrison

What are they doing now?

I believe the 21st Century Scholars program profoundly contributed to my success. As a first-generation college student who grew up with a single, low-income parent, college seemed unattainable. Financially, the 21CS program paid 100 percent of my tuition to attend Ball State University where I obtained a BS in 2015. The scholarship allowed me to afford my education and living expenses, and even prepare me to return to my alma mater in 2017 to attend graduate school without having the take on the burden of additional debts. I'm thrilled to say that this program gave me every opportunity to be successful and cannot thank those involved enough for advocating for students like me. I am now a proud, working individual who just purchased his first house and holds a masters degree in education. Working in college admissions, I do my best to help other Indiana students seek a college education and pursue their endeavors.

Keenan Davis

School: Muncie Central High School
College: Ball State University
It gave me hope to go to college.
Keenan Davis

What are they doing now?

Insurance Agent - State Farm

Sanovia Garrett

School: Muncie Central High School
College: Ball State University
Without the 21st Century Scholarship program, I am unsure if I truly would have went to college and been placed in spaces like Ball State University, where I was further encouraged to pursue a Doctorate degree in the future. At this point I have a Masters in Urban Studies (Community Arts Concentration) and am a first-generation graduate for that degree as well. 21st Century Scholars prepared me in 7th grade for a promising future in college. Growing up in a single (Grand) parent home we faced many financial struggles, but 21st Century Scholars gave light in a space where my grandmother did not understand the Higher Education system. Thank you so very much for transforming my life for the better.
Sanovia Garrett

What are they doing now?

Social Media & Communications Project Manager - Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University
Movement Therapist, Entrepreneur

Jessica Gonzalez Casas

School: John Adams High School
College: Holy Cross College
If it weren't for 21st Century Scholars, I would most definitely be in deep debt from my college education. After college, I was able to buy myself my first home and I do believe that wouldn't have been possible if I wouldn't have been fortunate to have the help I did through this program. Being a first generation student, the oldest daughter of four, and being a daughter of immigrants -- I had no idea how I was going to be able to afford college. I'm so thankful that I had this help even if it didn't cover all of my expenses due to my choice of going to a private college.
Jessica Casas

What are they doing now?

Special Projects Coordinator - La Casa de Amistad

Sean Crye

School: Clinton Prairie
College: Purdue University
I couldn't be more grateful for the 21st Century Scholars program. I was a first generation college student, and my parents were unable to pay for me to attend university. Without this program, I would be in significantly more debt today which would affect both my life outcomes as well as the future of my children. There is no possible way I would be as successful as I am today had it not been for this program. With this program I have been able to pull both myself and my family out of poverty.
Sean Crye

What are they doing now?

Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Hopebridge Autism Therapy Center

Constantino Santos

School: Frankfort High School
College: IUPUI
21st Century Scholars gave me the opportunity to attend a four year university and earn a bachelor’s degree. It relieved a huge weight on how I was going to pay my tuition. It covered many of the tuition expenses. I’m glad this program was put in place to help students who want to strive in higher education. I was able to obtain a degree that would help me start my career in many of the jobs available in Indiana.
Constantino Santos

What are they doing now?

Operations Supervisor at XPO Logistics, Inc.

Michaella Hogan

School: Clay City High School
College: Indiana State University
21st Century Scholars program is a vital part of who I am today. If not for this program I wouldn’t have been able to get a degree to help those in need like I am doing today. I am grateful for this program and am PROUD to be a 21st Century Scholar Alumni! Thank you, 21st Century Scholars!
Michaella Hogan

What are they doing now?

Therapeutic Recreation Specialist - Riley Hospital for Children

Maxwell B. Malone

School: Jeffersonville High School
College: Ivy Tech Community College
Twenty First Century Scholars enabled me to go to college and earn my degree without having to take out any student loan debt. This is a wonderful program and I am very grateful to have been a part of it. I was able to start working in my field before I even graduated from Ivy Tech. I currently work for an engineering firm doing CAD and design for civil engineers and land surveyors. I love what I do very much. I hope that this program continues to be here for young people for many years to come so that they too can benefit.
Maxwell B Malone

What are they doing now?

Computer Aided Design Drafter - Power of Design Group, LLC

Bryton Albright

School: Logansport Community High School
College: Indiana Wesleyan University
I could not have completed college without the aid of 21st Century Scholars.
Bryton Albright

What are they doing now?

Worship Pastor - Upland Community Church

Kim Richhart

School: Brown County High School
College: Ivy Tech Community College
21st Century Scholars opened the door for me to go to college, earn a degree, find a really great job and avoid expensive student loans.
Kim Richhart

What are they doing now?

Leadership Development Support Specialist - Cummins Inc

Quintin Martin

School: Western Boone Jr./Sr. High School
College: Purdue University
The 21st Century Scholars program made college attainable, where I was able to graduate from Purdue University with two Bachelor degrees. This put me in a tremendous position to successfully progress through a Master's program and attain an academic advising career within higher education at my alma mater, Purdue University. Without the 21st Century Scholars program, these accomplishments would not be possible.
Quintin Martin

What are they doing now?

Academic Advisor - Purdue University

Brittney Carpenter

School: Blackford High School
College: Ball State University
I am forever grateful for the 21st century scholars program! This program allowed me to achieve my dream of graduating from Ball State University which in turn allowed me to secure my dream job.
Brittney Carpenter

What are they doing now?

District Sales Manager - Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated

Robert Gretencord

School: Benton Central
College: Vincennes University
Become comfortable being uncomfortable
Robert (jake) Gretencord

What are they doing now?

Precision Agronomist - Advanced Agrilytics

Tyler Sipe

School: Adams Central
College: Indiana University Purdue University - Fort Wayne
My parents struggled financially, but fortunately had the foresight to sign me up for 21st century scholars. With this program I was able to get my bachelors degree in four years and come out of college debt free. Now five years removed from college i am financially stable, a CPA, and recently accepted a new role as the Controller of a mid-size local company here in Fort Wayne. I am thankful for 21st century scholars as it got me going with the first steps of what hopefully becomes a successful career.
Tyler Sipe

What are they doing now?

Corporate Controller - Physicians Health Plan of Northern Indiana (PHP)

Krystalia Stockey

School: Columbus North
College: Ball State University
The 21st Century Scholars program made college an opportunity for me. As a first generation college graduate, college wasn't on my parents mind nor was it a possibility for them to send me financially.
Krystalia Stockey

What are they doing now?

Warranty Adjudicator - Cummins Inc

Jamie Black

School: Bishop Dwenger High School
College: Purdue University
The 21st Century Scholars program enabled me to attend the college I had always dreamed of attending, without having to stress over financial hardships as a teenager and first-generation college student. As the oldest of five children, I had to learn most things on my own and make my way in the “adult” world by trial and error. Having the peace of mind that college tuition was one less thing I had to “figure out” was truly a blessing. I’ve gone on from my bachelors to obtain a Master’s in Public Health and now have been working as a epidemiologist for 3 years at the Indiana State Department of Health. I plan on starting a PhD in the fall of 2021 in Epidemiology.
Jamie Black

What are they doing now?

Epidemiologist at the Indiana State Department of Health

Jonathan Steffen

School: South Adams Jr. Sr. High School
College: Indiana University Purdue University (IUPUI) - Fort Wayne
21st Century Scholars enabled me to earn my Bachelors in Science in Nursing, and without it, I would never have had the opportunity to help so many others as an ICU Nurse. Not only that, but it also enabled me to support my own family without the massive burden of debt from a 4 year degree.
Jon At Work

What are they doing now?

ICU Nurse - Adams Memorial Hospital