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Indy North Central students awarded Center for Leadership Development Scholarships

March 24, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana State University has awarded scholarships valued at up to $32,000 to two students who will graduate this spring from North Central High School in Indianapolis.

University President Daniel J. Bradley presented the scholarships to Khajah Johnson and Renae McDonald. The scholarships were presented Monday during the Center for Leadership Development's 29th Annual Minority Business and Professional Achievers Recognition Awards Dinner.

"Indiana State's commitment to diversity dates to the university's founding at the end of the Civil War. We are proud of that commitment and of the fact that ISU has the highest percentage of minority students among Indiana's major public residential universities," Bradley said during the presentation at the Indiana Convention Center's Sagamore Ballroom.

While students at North Central, both Johnson and McDonald have been active in the Center for Leadership Development, which fosters development of minority youth in Central Indiana as future professional, business and community leaders by providing experiences that encourage personal development and educational attainment.

In addition, Johnson, the daughter of Clifton and Nicolah Johnson, has served as a page in the Indiana Senate and as a library volunteer. She is a member of the North Central Spanish club and high school rugby team, and holds a part-time job as administrative assistant with a local insurance company. She plans to major in psychology at Indiana State.

McDonald, daughter of Harriett McCoy, has also served as a Senate page and has been active in Upward Bound, a gospel choir, band and Spanish club as well as played rugby. In addition, she has been an exchange student, studying in Panama City, Panama. She plans to major in political science.

"Khajah and Renae can be proud of their accomplishments. They represent the very best of what the Center for Leadership Development is all about and we are pleased to welcome them to the ISU community of learners," said C. Jack Maynard, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Indiana State.

Indiana State University Center for Leadership Development Scholarships are for $4,000 per year, renewable for up to a total of four years. Eligibility for the scholarships is similar to that for ISU's Dean's Scholarships and is based on academic achievement, involvement in school/community leadership and volunteerism. If the student remains enrolled at ISU full-time (minimum 12 credit hours/semester) and continues to meet academic standards, the scholarship will automatically renew.

Contact: Sarah Wurtz, associate director of admissions, Indiana State University, 812-237-3935 or swurtz@isugw.indstate.edu

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

 

Story Highlights

ISU has presented scholarships valued at up to $32,000 to Khajah Johnson and Renae McDonald, seniors at North Central High School in Indianapolis who plan to attend ISU this fall. The scholarships were presented during the Center for Leadership Development's annual Minority Business and Professional Achievers Recognition Awards Dinner.

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