Realizing a dream takes commitment, hard work, and, most often, a helping hand from family and others. And that’s exactly what 31 students from Indiana’s private colleges and universities were celebrated for Saturday evening, November 1, at the 25th annual “Realizing the Dream” banquet.
Now sophomores, they have realized the dream of being the first in their families to go to college. They were selected by their colleges for outstanding achievement in the freshman year and are successfully advancing towards completing their bachelor’s degrees.
Made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to the Independent Colleges of Indiana, the program marked its 25th anniversary. With this year’s class, it has recognized more than 750 first-generation students attending ICI campuses, along with their inspirational teachers and families.