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President’s Scholars announced

August 2, 2021

Indiana State University is awarding The President’s Scholarship to 17 incoming students for the upcoming academic year. The scholarship provides full, in-state tuition and on-campus housing for a total four-year value of more than $80,000. 

"Although this year’s competition looked quite different from previous years, we had a successful interview process with applicants submitting videos in response to interview prompts, in lieu of the traditional on-campus interview component," said Gregory Bierly, Dean of the Honors College.

“The recipients are chosen based on their academic qualifications and involvement in high school, a writing sample, and the quality of their interview submission. The awardees were extraordinarily creative in adapting to this new format; we are very excited to work with this incoming class of scholars.” 


The 2021-22 recipients:

Aaron Moss of Saint Louis, Missouri participated in travel club and high school baseball. He was also vice president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at his high school. Moss is going to continue his baseball career as a Sycamore and plans to major in applied medicine and pre-physical therapy.

Alivia Gilman of Clinton, Indiana was involved in various sports and was a member of the National Honor Society at South Vermillion High School. Gilman plans to pursue pre-law at Indiana State.

Analise Best of Staunton, Illinois was a drum major in the band, the president of the Student Advisory Council, and the vice president of the Bulldog Business Club in high school. Best plans to major in music education at Indiana State.

Anna Kirsch of Fair Oaks, Indiana was involved in a number of extracurricular activities in high school including directing plays, singing in the worship team, and playing volleyball. Kirsch plans to pursue a degree in theater.

Elysabeth Davenport of Greenfield, Indiana held various leadership roles in high school, such as flute section leader, math academic team captain, and interdisciplinary academic team captain. Davenport plans to major in music education.

Emma Bond of Pickerington, Ohio was a member of the National Honor Society, Diversity Club, and Key Club. She also participated in Color Guard and held a captain position. Bond will be pursuing a degree in packaging engineering technology at ISU.

John Fritch of Martinsville, Indiana ran cross country, held many 4-H leadership positions, and is an active volunteer within his community. Fritch plans to major in business.

Grace Longyear of Mascoutah, Illinois was a member of the dance team, Freshman Mentoring Program, and the National Honor Society. She was also on the student council and held the position of student body president in high school. Longyear will be majoring in business.

Grace Schumacher of Teutopolis, Illinois was a member of the National Honor Society, science club, math club, and 4-H.  She also worked two jobs and played tennis. Schumacher plans to pursue a pre-occupational therapy track at Indiana State.

Jadyn Grimes of Terre Haute, Indiana was a member of the color guard and winter guard teams at Terre Haute South Vigo High School. Grimes will be majoring in English.

Jake Lindeman of La Grange, Kentucky was a member of a number of clubs and organizations, such as the National Honor Society, Flight Club, and Interact Club. He also participated in travel and high school baseball. Lindeman is pursuing an aviation flight technology degree.

Justin Anthony of East Peoria, Illinois was on the golf team and was involved in numerous activities within his high school and the community. Anthony is attending Indiana State to major in aviation flight technology.

Kaylan Galey of Lawrenceburg, Indiana participated in service groups such Big Brothers Big Sisters. She was an active member of 4-H, and both coached and played volleyball. She was also very involved within her church. Galey plans to major in applied medicine.

Keragan Townsend of Covington, Indiana was involved in the National Honor Society and Student Council at Covington High School. She also spends her time tutoring, babysitting, and participating in her church’s praise team and youth group. Townsend is pursuing a degree in nursing.

Leyton Czarnecki of Plymouth, Indiana played football, basketball, and baseball, and was a member of the IHSAA Student Advisory Committee. Czarnecki is majoring in biology at Indiana State before attending dental school.

Payton Vallee of Saint Joseph, Illinois was a member of the student council, the National Honor Society, and was a freshman mentor in high school. She also plays basketball and volleyball and is active in her church youth group. Vallee is pursuing a degree in Intelligence Analysis.

Sydney Bennett of Charleston, Illinois spends her time babysitting and volunteering around the community. Bennett plans to major in nursing at Indiana State.


Indiana State University also awarded Transfer President’s Scholarships, valued at in-state tuition, to four students for the 2021-22 academic year. The following transfer students were selected based on their academic qualifications and performance at their previous institution and an essay describing their scholarly activities and goals.

Calandra Donley is from Linton, Indiana. She transferred from Lake Land College. Donley is pursuing her degree in psychology. Upon completion of her degree, she plans to attend graduate school at Indiana State to earn a doctorate and become a clinical counselor.

Ethan Dow is from Charleston, Illinois. He transferred from Lake Land College. He plans to earn his degree in engineering with a civil concentration. Upon completion, he wants to begin gaining experience within his field.

Hailey Dean is from Robinson, Illinois. She transferred from Lincoln Trail College. Dean is majoring in sport management and plans to attend graduate school upon the completion of her degree.

Kaitlyn Bloemer is from Dieterich, Illinois. She transferred from Lake Land College. Bloemer is majoring is elementary education and her goal after graduation is to become a third-grade teacher.