Sophomore Keri Rohr, an education major from Nappanee, Ind., was recently named a "Realizing the Dream" recipient at the organization's annual banquet in Indianapolis, and awarded a $2,500 grant toward her college expenses. "Realizing the Dream," funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc. since 1989, is an Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) program for first-generation college sophomores who graduated from Indiana high schools and attend an ICI college or university. To be eligible, students must achieve a superior grape point average their freshman year, and have demonstrated leadership in activities on campus or in the community.
Each student is asked to designate an elementary or secondary teacher or mentor who had the greatest influence in enlarging their educational horizons. At the banquet, teachers/mentors receive a $1,000 professional development grant. Rohr selected Gary Miller, her elementary teacher, to honor.
"It meant a lot to me to receive the scholarship," says Rohr. "Not only am I happy that I was rewarded for my hard work but it makes me happy that I could give back to a teacher. Mr. Miller had a lasting impact on my life and on the teacher that I want to become so I am so thankful that I could reward him as well."
Rohr plans to pass her love of education on to the next generation after graduating from Bethel.
Rohr is pictured at the Realizing the Dream Banquet (second from right) along with (from left): Dr. David Wantz, ICI President; Gary Miller, retired teacher from Woodview Elementary School; and Rick James (at right), Co-Founder of Metal Technologies Inc. and Board Chair of Trine University.