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Indiana State welcomes Class of 2020 Networks Scholars

July 8, 2016

Eight incoming Indiana State University students have been awarded the Networks Scholarship for 2016.

Networks Financial Institute Scholarship provides first-year students with full in-state tuition for four years and a $3,000 professional development account.

This scholarship program was created due to generous support from the Lilly Endowment of Central Indiana that formed Networks Financial Institute in 2003. Recipients of the Networks Scholarship were selected based on high academic performance, involvement in high school and their community, demonstrated leadership potential and their desire to pursue a career in business and financial services.

Recipients of the Networks Scholarship have also been presented the opportunity to become part of the prestigious Networks Professional Development Program in the Scott College of Business. The Networks Program is intended to develop future leaders of the financial services and business fields by offering opportunities such as:

• corporate mentoring
• paid internships
• international travel and professional conferences
• and career and professional development

There is a heavy focus on both professional and personal growth through hands-on learning, industry relationships and personalized coaching through participation in weekly educational seminars, student-led planning and execution of projects that impact the program and the university and community with events like the annual Ethics Conference held at Indiana State each spring.

The 2016 Networks Scholars are:

• Gretchen Burkhart, of Sullivan, is the daughter of Bryan and Heidi Burkhart and a graduate of Sullivan High School. In high school, she lettered all four years in tennis and golf, along with participating in drama, the yearbook, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Key Club, Spanish Club, 4-H and served as the senior delegate to the Indiana convention for Beta Club. Burkhart is pursuing a degree in business administration.

• Kyle Collins, of Winamac, is the son of Adam and Jill Collins and a graduate of Winamac High School. While in high school, he was a varsity member of the cross country and track teams and named Conference Runner of the Year. He was also active in drama, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Quail Forever, Hoosier Boys State and served Senior Class President. Collins is pursuing a degree in financial services and insurance and risk management.

• Kyle Deters, of Dieterich, Ill., is the son of Kent and Connie Deters and a graduate of Teutopolis High School. He served as captain of his high school soccer and track teams after playing four years, and was also involved with National Honor Society, Student Council Treasurer, Catholic Heart Work Camp volunteer and the Effingham County CEO Program. Deters is pursuing a degree in accounting.

• Luke Fleck, of Jasper, is the son of Stephani Lane and Doug Fleck and a graduate of Jasper High School. In high school, he competed on his soccer team for four years and was active in National Honors Society, German Club, Business Professionals of America as an officer and the Dubois County Special Olympics. Fleck is pursuing a degree in accounting.

• Jacob Kissick, of Cambridge City, is the son of Terri Kissick and a graduate of Lincoln High School. In high school, he was involved in Hoosier Boys State, Key Club, Spanish Club and served as president of the National Honor Society, Lincoln Teens, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Business Professionals of America and Student Council. He was also captain of his varsity baseball and tennis teams. Kissick is pursuing a degree in business administration.

• Samantha Lewis, of West Terre Haute, is the daughter of Michael Lewis and a graduate of Terre Haute North Vigo High School. Her high school activities included: Student Council, Link Crew, Continentals, theatre, Affecting Change Around the Community Club and National Honor Society. She was also involved with Children's Theatre of Terre Haute, serving as student director. Lewis is pursuing a degree in finance.

• Andy Mersman, of Teutopolis, Ill., is the son of Deb and Dan Blankenship and a graduate of Teutopolis High School. While in high school, he played tennis and soccer for four years and participated in the Math Team/Club, National Honor Society, Student Council, Association for Retarded Citizens volunteer and the Effingham County CEO program. Mersman is pursuing a degree in finance.

• Allison Meyer, of Marshall, Ill., is the daughter of Kim Rhodes and Brent Meyer and a graduate of Marshall High School. She served as co-captain on her high school volleyball team, tri-captain of the cheer squad, National Honor Society vice president, Student Council secretary and volunteered with the Wabash Valley Road Runners, Leo Club and PALS. Meyer is pursuing a degree in financial services.

In addition, students who have received other full-tuition scholarships at Indiana State and are majoring in business are also given the opportunity to participate. The additional new freshmen participants who will comprise the program's class of 2020 are:

• Greg Darling, of Bloomington, is the son of Glen and Heidi Darling and a graduate of Bloomington High School North. He is pursuing a degree in insurance and risk management and is a Gongaware Scholar.
• Alison Dial, of Le Roy, Ill., is the daughter of Susan and Kevin Dial and a graduate of Le Roy High School. She is pursuing a degree in accounting and is an Honors Scholar.

• Chevy Elliott, of Marengo, is the son of James and Tonia Elliott and a graduate of Crawford County Junior/Senior High School. He is pursuing a degree in insurance and risk management and is a Gongaware Scholar.

• Courtney Ferguson, of Terre Haute, is the daughter of Scott and Lisa Ferguson and a graduate of Terre Haute South Vigo High School. She is pursuing a degree in financial services and is a President's Scholar.

• Addison Grooms, of Marshall, Ill., is the daughter of Kenny and Beth Grooms and a graduate of Marshall High School. She is pursuing a degree in insurance and risk management and marketing, and is a Gongaware Scholar.

• Taylor Morris, of Indianapolis, is the daughter of Randy and Marilyn Morris and a graduate of Perry Meridian High School. She is pursuing a degree in accounting and is an Honors Scholar.

• Erika Perry, of Terre Haute, is the daughter of Brian and Cathy Perry and a graduate of Terre Haute South Vigo High School. She is pursuing a degree in insurance and risk management and is a Gongaware Scholar.

• Taylor Yates, of Ashkum, Ill., is the daughter of Bruce and Kim Yates and a graduate of Clifton Central High School. She is pursuing a degree in business administration and marketing and is an Honors Scholar.

Writer: Betsy Simon, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-7972 or Betsy.Simon@indstate.edu