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2008-09 Gongaware Scholars named

May 20, 2008

The Gongaware Center in the Indiana State University College of Business announces the 2008-09 class of Gongaware Scholars.

Valued at $6,500 per year, the Gongaware 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. Gongaware Scholars also receive a laptop computer.

Candidates for Gongaware Scholarships are evaluated based on competitive grade point average, high school class rank, ACT/SAT scores and their interest in studying insurance and risk management at ISU. Established in 1999, 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 are:

Julie Alig of Portland. A senior at Jay County High School, Alig has been a member of the National Honor Society for four years; was a summer band, track and field participant for four consecutive years, receiving second, third, fourth and fifth place Indiana State awards; a four-year FFA member; a three-year member of her high school volleyball team; a 10-year 4-H member, holding the posts of vice president and treasurer and was a junior leader for two years. A four-year member of Campus Life, Youth for Christ, she was a four-year recipient of her high school’s Academic Achievement Award, silver medalist in the Indiana State Secondary Music Association competition in 2007, was horticulturalist of the year in 2006 and received the FFA Greenhand Farmer Degree in 2005, Chapter Farmer Degree in 2006 and State Farmer Degree in 2007. Alig is the daughter of Paul and Margaret Alig.
Ben Rice of Memphis. A senior at Borden High School, Rice is a two-year National Honor Society member; was a three-year member of his high school yearbook staff, serving as business manager; was class president his freshmen and senior years, vice president his sophomore and junior years; was a student council member for four years, serving as council president one year; was a four-year member of the school’s outdoor club, serving as president one year and vice president one year. He did volunteer work at the James Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville. He played high school baseball, serving as captain his junior and senior years. He also played high school tennis for three years and was statistician for his high school basketball team for four years. Rice is the son of Tim and Peggy Rice.
Ryan Teppen of Evansville. Teppen will graduate magna cum laude from William Henry Harrison High School, where he has been a two-year member of National Honor Society; a two-year member of the Academic Science Team, a three-year member of Spanish Club and one-year member of Business Professionals of America. An Eagle Scout, Teppen has done volunteer work for the Boys and Girls Clubs; and was a four-year member of both the basketball and football teams, serving as captain of each. Teppen is the son of Larry and Nancy Teppen.

Julie Alig
Ben Rice
Ryan Teppen

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

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or

Story Highlights

Three incoming insurance and risk management majors in the ISU College of Business have been named as Gongaware Scholars for 2008-09. The scholarships were established in 1999 and made possible with funds from retired Conseco executive Don Gongaware and his wife Patricia.

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