Faculty Scholarship Fund is investment in students' futures

November 30 2006

Photo Cutline: Rebekah Borders (pictured) is one of three 2006-07 Faculty Scholarship recipients at ISU. The scholarship fund has awarded five $1,000 scholarships since its inception in 2005.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- A Faculty Scholarship Fund was established in 2005 by the Faculty Senate as a means of rewarding committed and high-achieving students at Indiana State University. To date, the fund has awarded five $1,000 scholarships, and hopes are to increase awareness and gifts to the fund as a way of supporting even more students in the future.

"This scholarship is given to deserving students to help lighten their financial burdens," said Dava Reberger, a sophomore from Attica and a 2006-2007 recipient of the Faculty Scholarship. "By helping to relieve some of the unnecessary stress that students are faced with, this scholarship allows them to focus more on their education. As a result, they will have a better chance of graduating and becoming successful in life."

Reberger, an elementary/special education major, is one of three recipients of the scholarship for this year. Other recipients were Rebekah J. Borders, a life sciences/ecology and organismal biology major, and Nicole Christlieb, a political science/legal studies major.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must have completed between 24 and 62 credit hours and have a grade point average of 3.5 or above. They also must not have received full-tuition scholarships from any other sources.

"I count it a privilege to receive a scholarship based on the benevolence of the faculty of Indiana State," said Borders of Jasonville. "Receiving this award makes me feel as though my professors have high hopes for my future. I would like to thank those faculty members who have contributed to this scholarship. From personal experience, I know that attending college would have been a monstrous task without the generosity of the ISU community."

That generosity and spirit of giving is exactly what ISU's Faculty Senate is hoping for, as they continue to build awareness about the scholarship fund and work to increase gifts in support of deserving students like these.

"It is typical that an individual faculty member makes a major impact upon a student's life and memory," said Steve Lamb, chairperson of ISU's Faculty Senate and of the analytical department within the College of Business. "The faculty scholarship, on the other hand, provides faculty a means to collectively make a major impact upon a student's future. Of course, the more involved, the more effectively we speak."

Faculty wishing to contribute to the Faculty Scholarship Fund by adding a tax deduction before the year-end may choose to give via payroll deduction (form available at http://www.indstate.edu/development/payroll_deduct.pdf). Another option is to pay by check (made payable to the ISU Foundation). Gifts also may be campus mailed or delivered to the Foundation in Gillum Hall 320 or made over the phone by calling (812) 237-3732.

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CONTACT: Steve Lamb, chair, Faculty Senate and College of Business' Analytical Department, Indiana State University, (812) 237-2112 or slamb3@isugw.indstate.edu

WRITER: Maria Greninger, associate director, Communications & Marketing, Indiana State University, (812) 237-4357 or 237-7972 or mgreninger@indstate.edu

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A Faculty Scholarship Fund was established in 2005 by the Faculty Senate as a means of rewarding committed and high-achieving students at Indiana State University. To date, the fund has awarded five $1,000 scholarships, and hopes are to increase awareness and gifts to the fund as a way of supporting even more students in the future.

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