Student Receives “Realizing the Dream” Scholarship Award
Campus News

From left, Skyler Cosby and her elementary school mentor Ms. Beth Klinker attend the “Realizing the Dream” banquet on February 24, 2024.

Franklin College student Skyler Journey Cosby was honored with a “Realizing the Dream” scholarship from the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI). Cosby was one of 29 students in the state of Indiana to receive the award, given to sophomore students who attend one of the ICI member institutions.

Made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to ICI, the “Realizing the Dream” program recognizes students from ICI campuses who are the first in their families to attend college. The program also pays tribute to the students’ families and their inspirational teachers.

Cosby’s outstanding achievement during her freshmen year was a factor in her nomination for the award by Franklin College. Cosby is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity. She also volunteers her time and talent to Gender Minorities in STEM, Student Entertainment Board and Residence Life. She has been recognized twice for academic distinction by being named to the Dean’s List.

Cosby was recognized with The “Realizing the Dream” award at a reception and awards dinner in late February at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis. Along with recognition at the event, each honored student received a plaque and a $4,000 check to assist with college costs.

“This award means that all the hard work I have put in is being recognized. It gives me another reason as to why I need to persevere and further my education. It also means that a financial burden is being lifted off my parents, which means so much to them and to me,” said Cosby.

The “Realizing the Dream” program also provides a $1,000 professional development grant to the teacher who inspired the recipient to go to college. Cosby chose Ms. Beth Klinker from Sacred Heart Elementary School.

“I chose my elementary school teacher Ms. Klinker as my most influential teacher because she pushed me to get out of my comfort zone and participate in class,” said Cosby. “She also helped me understand that my struggles were just obstacles that I needed to overcome, and to not let them prevent me from receiving an education.”

Cosby hopes she will serve as an example to others. “Some words of encouragement I would pass on to first generation students contemplating college is keep going. No matter what keep trying and ask for help. If you are even in the slightest considering college, investigate it and ask for help researching. Education is important and will provide you with different perspectives on the world that you might not gain otherwise.”

At Franklin College, Cosby is majoring in sociology on a criminal justice track. She is also minoring in psychology. She is the daughter of Guy and Lisa Cosby of Fowler.

ICI serves as the collective voice for excellence and choice in higher education for all students. As a non-profit association, it represents Indiana’s 29 private, nonprofit, regionally-accredited colleges and universities.

For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.


POSTED Mar 11, 2024