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College of Business welcomes new Gongaware Scholars

September 27, 2007

The latest recipients of the Gongaware Scholarship have begun the 2007-08 academic year at the Indiana State University College of Business. Valued at $6,250 per year, this renewable scholarship not only assists recipients with tuition, but it also provides professional development accounts and creates networking possibilities by placing them in paid internships and assigning them a faculty mentor during their college experience.

Candidates for Gongaware Scholarships are considered based on competitive grade point average, class rank, ACT/SAT scores and their studies in the insurance and risk management program at ISU. The scholarship is made possible with funds from Don and Patricia Gongaware. Don Gongaware is a retired senior executive at Conseco, Inc.

This year's Gongaware Scholarship recipients include:

Terri Ketzner, daughter of Joseph A. and Karen Ketzner of Ferdinand. She is a 2007 graduate of Forest Park High School and an insurance and risk management major at Indiana State. Ketzner, who was an honor roll student and Hoosier Girls State delegate in high school, has also received the Advanced Computer Applications Award, the Accounting II Award, the St. Maria Goretti Youth Distinction Award and the Academic Excellence Award. She was also listed in "Who's Who Among American High School Students" and attended the Young Women's Institute. Her activities include the National Honor Society, Beta Club, the Lady Ranger tennis team, Renaissance Club, SADD, Student Council, 4-H and her church youth group.
Sara Mays, daughter of Tom and Sherri Mays of Paoli. She is a 2007 graduate of Paoli High School and an insurance and risk management major at Indiana State. Mays, who has found time to baby-sit with a special needs child and work part-time through high school, has previously received a Business Club Award, Best Copy for Yearbook in Division II, the second place Harvey Award for feature writing and the President's Education Award. Her activities include Advanced Choir, National Honors Society, Yearbook, Tri-H-Y, SADD, Student Council, serving as class secretary, cheerleading, Spanish Club and Booster Club.
David Walters, son of Dave and Kim Walters of Valparaiso. He is a 2007 graduate of Washington Township High School and a risk management, business and marketing major at Indiana State. Walters, who already has an abundance of work experience through small businesses and marketing opportunities, aspires to work in marketing for NASCAR. He was co-valedictorian and president of his high school graduating class and vice president of the National Honor Society chapter. His activities in high school included volleyball, basketball and school clubs, including SADD. He currently plays men's softball and follows the NASCAR racing season.

Terri Ketzner
Sara Mays
David Walters

Contact: Terrie Troxel, executive director, Gongaware Center and associate professor, analytical department, Indiana State University, (812) 237-2442 or

Writer: Kelsey Sutfin, Media Relations Assistant, ISU Communications & Marketing: (812)237-3773 or