INDIANAPOLIS — A Trine University sophomore was among 30 first-generation college
students recognized at the 30th annual “Realizing the Dream” banquet hosted by the
Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) on Nov. 2.
Daniel Shivley of Huntington, a mechanical engineering major, received a $3,000 check
to help with college costs. His “most influential” teacher, Reed Sturm, a science
teacher at Huntington North High School, received a $1,000 professional development
“Mr. Sturm made class fun. You looked forward to coming to class every day,” Shivley
recalled. “He took the chance to get to know every student and try and connect with
them. He then pushed us because he knew what we were capable of, and made us do things
that he knew would get us ready for college and the next part of our life.”
Students were selected from each ICI member institution for outstanding achievement
in their freshman year. Awards are made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.
“Receiving the award was a very big honor for me and my family,” Shivley said. “I
have worked hard, doing my best to get where I am. My parents are a big part of my
success. They always pushed me because they wanted better for me. The award just shows
how much it paid off and how thankful I am for them.”
Keynote speaker for the evening, held at the Sheraton Indianapolis at Keystone Crossing,
was Sally Reasoner, vice president of talent identification for Ascend Indiana.
One out of every three students on ICI campuses is first-generation. Generous financial
aid provided by the campuses themselves, combined with state and federal grants, makes
a private college education a possibility for all students in Indiana.
“We are so grateful to the Lilly Endowment for making this inspirational program possible,”
says David W. Wantz, ICI president & CEO. “We are proud, too, that because of the
higher graduation rates of our ICI colleges and universities, these students are significantly
more likely to realize the dream of completing their degrees in four years.”
Photo: From left, David Wantz, ICI president & CEO; Daniel Shivley; Reed Sturm, science teacher
at Huntington North High School; and Sally Reasoner, vice president of talent identification
for Ascend Indiana.