Ancilla College Student Honored by ICI

Thursday, 29 November 2012


Ancilla College's Arynn Curtis was one of the 31 students from Indiana's independent colleges and universities who was recently celebrated at the Indepenent Colleges of indiana's (ICI) "Realizing the Dream" banquet.

Arynn, a sophomore from Mishawaka, was selected as Ancilla College's "Outstanding First-Generation Student".

James McPhee, teacher at Penn High School, was chosen by Arynn as her “most influential” teacher.

Made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to ICI, the event recognizes first-generation students attending ICI campuses, along with their inspirational teachers and families.

The year’s banquet was held at the Hilton Indianapolis North.

Each honored student received a $2,000 scholarship to help with college costs, and each student’s chosen “most influential” teacher received $1,000.

One out of every three students on ICI campuses is a first-generation one. 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.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents the state’s 31 nonprofit accredited colleges and universities. ICI member institutions enroll some 90,000 students (approximately 20 percent of all students statewide) and annually produce 35 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in Indiana.

Ancilla College ( is a Catholic, two-year, co-educational, liberal arts college in Donaldson, Indiana, sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.