2013 President's Scholars named

June 17, 2013

Indiana State University has recognized 20 incoming students as President's Scholars.

The President's Scholarship is Indiana State's most prestigious financial award, with a four-year value of $68,000. President's Scholars are chosen based on academic performance in high school, personal accomplishments and interviews during campus visits. This year's incoming scholars boast an average high school grade point average of 3.9 on a 4.0 scale.

"These students are the best of the best," said John Beacon, vice president for enrollment management, marketing and communications. "President's Scholars are selected following two intensely competitive weekends when more than 140 students come to campus to write essays, be interviewed and problem solve. Every student is a winner before the competition begins, and each is destined for a successful future."

The President's Scholarship is just one component of a $13.2 million per year financial aid program that awards more than $8.5 million in merit scholarships. About 4,200 undergraduates have enrolled at Indiana State with merit awards during the past four years, and more than 1,400 more will join this group when they enroll in the fall, Beacon said.

Alexandria Albrecht of Crestwood, Ill. is a graduate of Alan B. Shepard High School and is the daughter of Kristie and Mark Albrecht. She plans to major in English at Indiana State. An Illinois State Scholar, her high school activities included speech, National Honor Society and Delta Epsilon Phi, the national honor society for high school German students.

 

 

Rachel Ammons of North Judson, a graduate of North Judson-San Pierre High School, is the daughter of Beth Ammons of North Judson and Kevin Ammons of Knox. She plans to major in nursing at Indiana State. While in high school, she served as National Honor Society president, president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was active in Teens vs. Cancer.

 

 

Shannon Anderson of St. Charles, Ill. is the daughter of Michelle and Doug Anderson and a graduate of St. Charles High School. She plans to major in marketing in Indiana State's Scott College of Business. While in high school, she served as a tutor in math and French, was captain of the swim and dive team at St. Charles East High School and received the academic all-conference award.

 

 

Lyndsie Beasley of Greencastle is a graduate of South Putnam High School and is the daughter of Char and James Beasley. She plans to major in biology at Indiana State. While in high school, Beasley was active in the swimming and diving team, National Honor Society and 4-H and served as president of the Putnam County goat club.

 

 

Kayleigh Bordner of Bringhurst is a graduate of Carroll High school and the daughter of Shana and Jeff Border. She plans to major in professional aviation flight technology. While in high school, she served as a cadet volunteer firefighter and was active in National Honor Society and Carroll County 4-H.

 

 

Christopher Davis of Scottsburg, a graduate of Scottsburg High School, is the son of Carrie Innie. He plans to major in athletic training at Indiana State. While in high school, Davis was active in cross country, track, basketball and Spanish club.

 

 

 

Haley Gravely of Greenwood, a graduate of Greenwood Community High School, is the daughter of Nadia and Robb Gravely. She plans to major in pre-medicine at Indiana State. While in high school, Gravely was active in track and field, soccer, Interact and Key Club.

 

 

 

David Health of Ulysses, Kan. is the son of Earl and Teresa Heath and is a graduate of Ulysses High School. He plans to major in English at Indiana State. While in high school, Heath was a member of the industrial arts club, served in the First United Methodist Church after school program, worked as an information technology at The Computer Alchemist and was active in backpacking and couchsurfing in Ireland and the U.K.

 

Nicole Hostetter of Jasper is a graduate of Jasper High School and is the daughter of Vida Troutman and Scott Hostetter. She plans to major in chemistry at Indiana State. While in high school, Hostetter was active in Big Brothers Big Sisters, Students against Destructive Decisions (SADD), band and National Honor Society.

 

Lauren Karcher of Evansville, a graduate of Mater Dei High School, is the daughter of Angie and Stan Karcher. She plans to major in nursing at Indiana State. During high school, she was active on her school's teen advisory council, served as president of the service club and was a member of student council and National Honor Society.

 

Alethia Marrero of Indianapolis is the daughter of Vidalena and Jesse Bautista and is a graduate of Ben Davis High School. She plans to major in political science at Indiana State. While in high school, Marrero was active in track and field, cross country and yearbook.

 

 

Madison McGowan of New Lenox, Ill. is a graduate of Lincoln-Way Central High School and is the daughter of Christine and Michael McGowan. She plans to major in education at Indiana State. While in high school, McGowan was active in the Rhythm Knights dance team, science club and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD).

 

Ethan Sands of Brazil, a graduate of Northview High School, is the son of Shawn and Lea Cullison. He plans to major in chemistry at Indiana State. While in high school, Sands was president of the National Honor Society at Northview and he was active in 4-H, the principal's advisory committee and his local soup kitchen.

 

 

Aaron Schaidle of Peoria, Ill. is the son of Daniel and Katherine Schaidle and is a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Peoria. He plans to major in nursing at Indiana State. While in high school, Schaidle was active in cross country, track and field, community theatre and choir.

 

 

Haley Seifert of Terre Haute is a graduate of Terre Haute North Vigo High School and the daughter of Deborah and John Seifert. She plans to major in language studies at Indiana State. Her high school activities included Latin club, National Honor Society and Link Crew.

 

 

Rhagen Smith of Sullivan, the daughter of Maria and Thad Smith, is a graduate of Sullivan High School. She plans to major in nursing at Indiana State. While in high school, Smith was active in basketball, volleyball, student council and National Honor Society.

 

 

Valerie Taylor of Pendleton, a graduate of Pendleton Heights High School, is the daughter of Kim and Mike Taylor. She plans to major in nursing at Indiana State. While in high school, Taylor was active in the South Madison Youth Commission, Students against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Beta and National Honor Society.

 

Hannah Thomas of Terre Haute is the daughter of Laurie and Jeff Thomas and a graduate of Terre Haute North Vigo High School. She plans to major in music education. While in high school, she was active in marching band, jazz band, National Honor Society and the ethics and leadership club. She received an Outstanding Performance Award at the 2011 Bloomington Jazz Festival and was twice named outstanding musician in her class.

 

Alexandria Whittington of Madisonville, Ky. is the daughter of Sarah and Rob Whittington and a graduate of Madisonville North High School. She plans to major in political science at Indiana State. While in high school, Whittington was active in soccer, a blood drive in 2012, a toy drive in 2011 and Special Olympics. 

 

Mariah Wright of Clinton, a graduate of South Vermillion High School, is the daughter of Sherri Russell and David Wright. She plans to major in construction management at Indiana State. While in high school, Wright was a Hoosier Girls State delegate, a class officer, youth group teacher at Grace Tabernacle and a member of the girls' soccer team.

 

Media contact: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu