At a formal luncheon, IU Northwest recognized the regionís top scholars who chose to pursue their education goals at the university. Thirty-eight freshmen were handpicked to receive the universityís top academic scholarships. These students demonstrate a commitment to educational excellence and have leadership potential, according to IU Northwest Chancellor Bruce Bergland.
"We also would like to thank the large group of supporters whose gifts provide these scholarships and make it possible for these students to fulfill their dreams," Bergland said.
The following scholarships were awarded to the listed recipients: (Name, high school, major)
Special Academic Scholarship
This full-tuition award honors students within the
top ten percent of their class with outstanding SAT scores.
Kimberly Alonzo, Wheeler, Nursing; Allison Boswinkel, Morton, Undecided;
Nakia Bowens, Calumet, Psychology; Kevin Coffman, Portage, Psychology;
David Denisiuk, Calumet, Pre-Med; Kimberly Edens, Gavit, Allied Health; Kathryn
Eyermann, Portage, Anthropolgy; Joseph Gettler, Crown Point, Criminal Justice;
Bonnie Hoover, Logansport, Pre-Med; Pauline Katsouros, Merrillville, Nursing;
Lisa Kolodziej, Morton, Fine Arts; Rebecca Lee, Merrillville, Dental Hygiene;
Ralph Lundewall, Hobart, Communications; Paul Mackowski, Lake Central,
Political Science; Thalia Maginas, Wheeler, Radiologic Science; Christina Mattei,
Andrean, Radiologic Science; Lauren Parobek, Portage, Nursing; Brittney Plantinga,
Lake Central, Nursing; Michelle Stojanovich, Hobart, Radiography; Cuyler
Switalski, LaPorte, Undecided; David Van Laningham, Highland, Computer
Information Systems; Cassandra Vandergriff, Portage, History; Chloe Walton,
Crown Point, Pre-Med; Samantha Wright, La Crosse, Pre-Med.
This full-support scholarship is available to each Valedictorian meeting established
admissions requirements who enrolls full-time from an accredited high school.
Colie Dever, Gavit, Elementary Education.
Chancellor's Salutatorian Scholarship
This full-tuition and fees scholarship is awarded
to high school students graduating with superior grades and SAT scores.
Carol Jo Bedar, Everado, Business; Elizabeth Gill, River Forest, Elementary
Education; Brittany Joyce, Horace Mann, Nursing; Elizabeta Prentoski, Edison,
Ivy Tech Transfer Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded
to a student who transferred from Ivy Tech with superior records.
Patricia Cervantes, Portage, Business.
Fernandez Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student of Hispanic descent with excellent academic
Jessica Mojica, Biology.
Citizens Financial Services Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student graduating from an accredited high school
with excellent records and SAT scores.
Kristy Baranowski, Lake Central, Dental Hygiene; Jessica Smithey,Valparaiso.
Optimist Club of Hammond Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to academically meritorious freshmen students residing
in Lake County.
Elizabeth Estrada, Hammond High, Nursing; Hollie Sheffield, Morton, Dental Hygiene.
Bank One, Merrillville Scholarship
This full-support scholarship is awarded
annually to academically meritorious freshmen.
Jennifer Boardman, Wheeler, Communications; Julius Harper, Jr., Lake Central,
Biology; Anthony Laingren, Portage, Elementary Education.