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New Kid on the Block

Meet Alaina Richter, Herbert Presidential Scholar

Wednesday Aug 30, 2017

By Marah Harbison
IU Communications

IU Northwest freshman Alaina Richter said that as a young girl, she and most of her friends dreamed of being teachers when they grew up. As years passed, many of her friends' career aspirations changed  but not hers.

The Hobart High School graduate and this year's Herbert Presidential Scholar at IU Northwest said her dream of becoming a teacher has been strengthened by watching her mother achieve the same dream. Richter's mom went back to school at IU Northwest, earning her teaching certificate and piquing her daughter's interest in the school's education program.

Outside the classroom, Richter will also be a member of the IU Northwest women's basketball team. She said she's happy she can continue playing the sport that has given her confidence and leadership skills  both tools that she will use in the classroom as an educator.

"I always knew I was going to IU Northwest, so being able to play basketball is an added bonus," Richter said. "Now I can get an education and continue to do what I love."

After graduation, Richter plans to find a teaching job in Northwest Indiana. She hopes to one day return to IU Northwest to earn a master's degree in education and administrative licenses. Mostly, she plans to make a difference in the lives of local children.

"I've grown up in Hobart and spent my whole life here," she said. "I can't wait to give back to the community that made me who I am."

William Lowe, Alaina Richter, Mark Sperling

IU Northwest photo by Erika Rose

Chancellor William J. Lowe, left, and Interim Dean for the School of Education Mark Sperling, presented Alaina Richter with the Herbert Presidential Scholar medallion.

Indiana University's Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholars Program offers Indiana's top high school graduates four-year renewable scholarships to attend any of IU's seven campuses throughout the state. The Lilly Endowment is funding this program to support its vision to recruit and retain intellectual capital in Indiana. Up to 40 incoming Indiana University freshmen are designated Herbert Presidential Scholars each year.

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