A sophomore at the University of Southern Indiana (USI), Caitlynn McKinney recently received The Induction Recognition Award for active participants in their chapter.
"I was very surprised when I received the e-mail," she told The Brazil Times. "It's a national scholarship and I didn't really think I had a chance, but I got it. It's exciting."
NSCS was founded in 1994 at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and is located on 233 campuses across the country.
For McKinney to even be able to apply for the $500 scholarship, she had to be in the top 20 percent of her class and have a GPA of 3.4 or above.
She is the daughter of Doug and Cheryl McKinney, and a 2007 South Putnam High School graduate and currently studying elementary education with a reading minor at USI.
"My parents didn't know I applied for the scholarship and they usually send me information about scholarships, but I went after this one on my own," she said. "When I called and told them I received it they were more excited than I was."
McKinney said she stays extremely busy.
"I love to volunteer and be involved in the community," she said.
She attends Fenwood Mt. Lebanon Church in Harmony, where she was the "Awana" leader for the Kindergarten-third grade children and the Children's Church Leader and co-director before she went off to college.
At USI, she is also involved in the Honor's Program, a substitute teacher, CPR certification, College Mentor's For Kids, Student Education Association, the Dean's List, Habitat for Humanity and the certified study skills tutor.
McKinney also had some advice for graduating students.
"Apply for as many scholarships as possible, it doesn't matter how much they are for, it will add up," she said. "You never know if you are going to get it or not.