Thursday Mar 06, 2014
In 2012, the IU Northwest Alumni Association Board of Directors made one of its top priorities to establish an Alumni Scholarship for current and future undergraduate students attending the Northwest campus. During IU Northwest’s Homecoming Celebration festivities in January, the board presented a check for $10,000 to the IU Foundation in support of student scholarship.
The idea was initially discussed during several informal meetings, led by Board President Despina Amanatidis and board member Mary Goolik. Once the board unanimously voted to pursue this goal, Goolik stepped up to chair the newly formed Scholarship Committee. While the committee took responsibility to plan events and activities centered on making others aware of its goal, the entire board was invested in seeing this become reality.
The drive to establish an endowed scholarship by the IU Northwest Alumni was officially launched in December of 2012. During that year due to term limits, there was a change in leadership. Goolik became president and Sandra Hall Smith took over the position of chairperson for the Scholarship Committee.
“What a dynamo group they were. They were determined and confident they would reach their goal and sure enough in late December of 2013 it was,” IU Northwest Director of Alumni Relations Paulette LaFata-Johnson said. “The committee continues to encourage alumni to give back to IU Northwest in any way they can. Your time, your talent and certainly your treasure can help move others in a positive direction toward reaching their goals.”
The Scholarship Committee wishes to thank all those who gave to the scholarship and to those who give in the future. For more information regarding the scholarship, inquiries may be made to the Alumni Relations Office at 219-980-6769.