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  • Courtesy Manchester University sophomore Kayla Carver is a 2018 Realizing the Dream scholarship recipient for first-generation students. The Northrop High School graduate is studying music education.

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Monday, October 29, 2018 1:00 am

Education Notebook

Her college dream's paying off

First-generation student awarded $2,500 scholarship

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Kayla Carver's determination to get to college has stuck with one of her former teachers at Northrop High School.

“She knew that she was going to be an educator, too, and I think that's what made me so proud of her – her acknowledgment of her passion and her determination to reach her goals,” English teacher Melissa Hirsch wrote in an email.

Carver, a sophomore music education major at Manchester University, will be honored Saturday as a 2018 Realizing the Dream recipient.

The scholarship is annually awarded to 30 first-generation college students from the state's private, nonprofit post-secondary institutions by the Independent Colleges of Indiana.

Recipients receive $2,500. Carver said the money is especially helpful because she lives with her grandparents.

“They are both retired, so they haven't been able to help my college journey financially, which is why this scholarship means so much more to me,” Carver said in an email.

As a first-generation college student, Carver said there was much she didn't know, including how to apply to colleges and what the Free Application for Federal Student Aid was. She didn't always know who to turn to for help, she added.

“All I wanted was to make something of myself,” she said, “but I didn't know where to start.”

Hirsch was the primary teacher who helped Carver understand what she might face during college, Carver said.

“I've never had a teacher who cares so deeply for the well-being of every, individual student,” Carver said.

Realizing the Dream lets Carver give back to Hirsch. Scholarship recipients select their most influential teacher, and the educators get a $1,000 professional development grant.

Hirsch said it's difficult to articulate what it means to be Carver's most influential teacher. Carver influenced her, Hirsch said.

“I cannot wait to watch her continue her journey in music education,” Hirsch said. “Our world could always use great teachers, and I would imagine that someday someone will acknowledge her for being just as influential.” 


• Fifth- and sixth-grade students at Thurgood Marshall Leadership Academy, 7910 S. Anthony Blvd., will perform an hourlong comedy show featuring original material at 1:30 p.m. Friday. The public is welcome. Admission is $1 and will support a pizza party for the class to celebrate. The students participated in an eight-week course created by Humor Association founders Regina Chiappazzi and comedian Joe Deez. The nonprofit intended to teach children how to handle life's pressures through humor and laughter.

• Purdue University Fort Wayne's Office of Financial Aid will host a FAFSA Completion Night from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Helmke Library's first-floor computer lab. Help will be offered at no cost to prospective and returning students and their families in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form for the 2019-20 academic year. Other FAFSA Completion Nights are set for Nov. 28 and Dec. 5. Parking is available in garage P2.

• Concordia Lutheran High School's annual Concordia Day is set for 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the school, 1601 St. Joe River Drive. It lets area eighth-graders experience high school. Parents may tour the school and talk with teachers and admissions staff during Discover Concordia Night, which is at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Both events are free, but registration is required at

• The University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts will host a Talent Scholarship Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30, allowing high school seniors, juniors and sophomores an opportunity to receive talent scholarships in studio art, graphic design, music technology, animation, art education, pre-art therapy, art history, museum studies, marching band, color guard, choir, dance and communication. Appointments are required. Students interested in a music or band audition should call Steven Kandow at 260-399-7700, ext. 8024. Visual arts, communication or dance students should call Jessica Shaw at 260-399-7700, ext. 8011. Go to for more information.

Indiana Tech

• Indiana Tech has created a new certificate program in project management. The program is one of five new graduate certificate programs designed to help working professionals. Other areas of focus are health care administration, human resources management, management and marketing. Go to or contact the admissions office at or 1-800-288-1766 for more information.

Recognition, scholarship

• Indiana Tech in September presented a championship ring to a member of its 2017-18 National Society of Black Engineers national title-winning debate team and to members of its 2017-18 cyber defense team that won state and Midwest regional titles.

• Angola High School was honored as the winner at the fifth annual Trine University HAC Cup, which tested about 170 high school students on such topics as art history, current events, literature and video games. It was hosted by the Department of Humanities and Communication. Top students in each category won $500 Trine scholarships.

• Applications for the University of Saint Francis' Pay It Forward scholarship are due Thursday. One student will be awarded a full tuition and fees scholarship for up to four years, and two students will be awarded half tuition and fees scholarships. Go to for details.


• Warsaw Community Schools announced it hired Jay Michaels as director of the Warsaw Performing Arts Center. He assumed the role Oct. 2.

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