February 2022 News

Academy Seniors Named Whitinger Scholars

Friday, February 18, 2022

Academy seniors Sai Hamm and Mia Vega-Isaac were named Ball State University Whitinger Scholars for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The Whitinger Scholarship is the signature scholarship of the Honors College and the most prestigious scholarship awarded by Ball State. It supplements Ball State’s Presidential Scholarship to provide full tuition and required fees plus on-campus room and board. Eight new Honors College students are selected to receive the award each year based on their academic ability, character, creativity, and potential for leadership.

Congratulations to Sai and Mia!

2022 National Merit Finalists

Monday, February 14, 2022

2022 National Merit Finalists
L to R: Paul Ulrich, Justin Xia, Dr. Joel Olufowote, Sophia Lotzow

Three Indiana Academy seniors have been named Finalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship competition.

Congratulations to Sophia Lotzow, Paul Ulrich, and Justin Xia!

Four Academy Alums Among Ball State’s “Top 100” Students

Monday, February 14, 2022

Beginning this year, the Ball State University Foundation recognizes 100 outstanding junior and senior undergraduates at Ball State University who “represent Beneficence both in and out of the classroom.” Applicants are scored by a group of BSU alumni around the country. Among the 100 students chosen as the inaugural recipients of this honor are four Indiana Academy alumni, all currently seniors at BSU.

They are Isabelle Behrman ’21 (Muncie), Trinity Croy ’18 (Marion), Hannah Flanagan ’19 (Elwood), and Barbara Willey ’17 (Muncie). All of the Top 100 recipients will be recognized at a reception during One Ball State Day on April 5, 2022. Additionally, as “Top 25” students, Isabelle and Hannah will be invited to attend an awards ceremony on April 2, where the Top 10 and Top Two students will be named. Congratulations!

Dr. Bridget Lester Named Most Influential Educator by Alumni Scholarship Recipient

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Dr. Bridget Lester will receive a $1,000 professional development grant from Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) as a part of the “Realizing the Dream” scholarship program. The $3,000 scholarship recognizes first-generation Indiana college students from ICI’s 29 private, non-profit colleges and universities and is made possible by a grant from the Lilly Endowment.

Scholarship recipient Jenna Littlejohn, currently a sophomore at the University of Evansville, chose to thank Dr. Lester for her positive influence in a video released by ICI.

Dr. Lester says of Ms. Littlejohn, “I am just so happy to have gotten the opportunity to know Jenna. She will continue to have such a bright future ahead. Having the opportunity to watch our students succeed is one of the best things about being a teacher.”

Congratulations to both!