The 17th annual Indiana University Northwest Gala celebration will be held Thursday, November 7, 2002 at 6:00 p.m. at the Avalon Manor in Hobart. Historically known as a "scholarship gala", proceeds from this year’s Gala will support both scholarships for Indiana University Northwest students and the IUN Children’s Literacy Initiative. Education and literacy are strongly linked and are ongoing issues of concern, hence this year’s theme is “Born to Read, Bound to Succeed”.
The gala provides an opportunity to not only honor and recognize some of northwest Indiana's brightest and hardest working students, but to show appreciation to the donor organizations and individuals who contribute to IUN's scholarship programs.
The IUN student body numbers almost 5,000, all working toward certificates, associates, bachelors, and masters degrees. Many of these students would not be able to attend without scholarship support from the community. This year, a new scholarship is being created in the memory of former professor and administrator, Dr. Silas W. “Bill” May.
The Children’s Literacy Initiative is designed to raise awareness of the value of early intervention and provide programs and resources to parents and children from birth to 6 years of age. The Literacy Initiative is the reasearch and service project of the IU Northwest's Shared Vision will offer literacy education, materials and workshops to local parents/caregivers to enrich family efforts and prepare their children for the opportunities that reading will bring.
Supporting scholarships and increasing literacy among our youth are programs that will help to ensure a stronger workforce and a better quality of life for northwest Indiana. With the help of individuals, civic groups, alumni, businesses, and philanthropic organizations, IU Northwest makes a significant investment in intellectual capital and human potential by offering these scholarships to its brightest students.
To help fulfill the educational needs of students, IU Northwest offers more than 100 different scholarships and awards approximately $500,000 each year.
For more information on this year's gala, please contact Cathy Tallos at (219) 980-6801.