SHS grad receives ‘Realizing the Dream’ award at FC

Franklin College sophomore Micajah Rippy, a music major, was among a group of first-generation students from Indiana’s independent colleges and universities who were recently honored at the 29th annual “Realizing the Dream” banquet in Indianapolis.

Made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI), the “Realizing the Dream” program recognizes students from ICI campuses who are the first in their families to attend college. The program also pays tribute to the students’ families and their inspirational teachers.

Rippy, son of Michael and Tammy Rippy of Pekin, was nominated for the award by Franklin College for his outstanding achievement during his freshman year and for successfully advancing toward completing his bachelor’s degree.

Along with recognition at the event, each honored student received a plaque and a $2,500 check to assist with college costs. In addition, a $1,000 professional development grant was awarded to the teacher who inspired the recipient to go to college.
Rippy chose Bonnie Harmon, one of his teachers from Salem High School, as his inspirational mentor.

Look for more on Rippy in an upcoming edition of The Leader and Democrat.



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