TERRE HAUTE -- Fifteen Indiana State University students were recently awarded the university's most prestigious scholarship -- The President's Scholarship.
The honor includes full tuition, room, board and books as well as a laptop computer for all four years of the student's college career.
President's Scholars must be ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class or have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.7 on a 4.0 scale.
Selection is highly competitive and based upon both academic and personal accomplishments, and an interview is required for all finalists.
This year's President's Scholars include Brazil resident Ahnya Alstott.
Alstott is the daughter of Rev. Tony and Rhonda Alstott.
She is a graduate of Northview High School and plans to major in English education while at ISU, with the possibility of a second career in politics or the ministry.
During high school, she has been involved in Business Professional of America, student council, Academic Super Bowl, Spell Bowl, Quiz Bowl, Fellowship of Student Athletes, National Honor Society, Key Club, Excalibur Corps., West Central Indiana Chrysalis Community, Bib Brothers/Big Sisters, Northview television staff, peer mediation mentor, a member of the varsity soccer team and was a delegate to Hoosier Girls State.
She also has received numerous awards and honors, including West Central All-Conference in varsity soccer (2004 and 2005), varsity soccer captain (2005 and 2006), outstanding senator at Hoosier Girls State, Good Citizen Award at Hoosier Girls State, Girls Nation senator and a national finalist in Business Professional of America in extemporaneous speech.
The current value of the scholarships for in-state students is about $14,500 annually, or $58,000 for a scholar's four-year college career.
Since the program's inception in 1994, those students who have been named President's Scholars have distinguished themselves in unique and successful ways at ISU, at graduate schools across the country and in their subsequent careers.