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First-Generation Student Honored for Academic Achievement as a Freshman

Franklin College sophomore Cody Chapman with Washington High School teacher Shannon Johnson

Franklin College sophomore Cody Chapman with Washington High School teacher Shannon Johnson

Franklin College sophomore Cody Chapman from Vincennes was honored Saturday, Nov. 9 at the 24th annual “Realizing the Dream” banquet hosted by Independent Colleges of Indiana.

Honorees are first-generation college students in their families. They are selected during their sophomore year after showing academic achievement during their freshman year and demonstrating advancement toward a bachelor’s degrees.

In addition, part of the program honors the students’ most influential teachers and mentors.  Chapman chose teacher Shannon Johnson from Washington High School.

The “Realizing the Dream” awards program is made possible with help from Lilly Endowment Inc. In recognition of their efforts, each student receives a check for $2,000 and each influential teacher or mentor receives a check for $1,000.

“We are so grateful to Lilly Endowment Inc. for making this inspirational program possible,” said Richard Ludwick, president and CEO of Independent Colleges of Indiana. “We are proud, too, that because of the higher graduation rates of our ICI colleges and universities, these students are twice as likely to realize the dream of completing their degrees in four years.”

The banquet and awards program took place at the Sheraton Indianapolis at Keystone Crossing on Saturday evening. The keynote speaker was Rebecca Hernandez, an associate dean at Goshen College who was also a first-generation college student. She has spent time working on Latino issues, teaching middle and high school and serving on community and nonprofit organizations in leadership roles. She has previously held positions at Oregon State University and Oregon Health and Sciences University.

For more information contact Franklin College’s Office of Marketing and Communications at (317) 738-8185.

Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential four-year undergraduate liberal arts institution with a scenic, wooded campus located 20 minutes south of downtown Indianapolis. The college prepares men and women for challenging careers and fulfilling lives through the liberal arts, offering its approximately 1,000 students 36 majors, 39 minors and 11 pre-professional programs. In 1842, the college began admitting women, becoming the first coeducational institution in Indiana and the seventh in the nation. Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA. For more information, visit www.FranklinCollege.edu.


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