President’s Scholars announced for the 2023-2024 academic year

Indiana State University is awarding the President’s Scholarship to 22 incoming students, 18 freshmen and 4 transfer students, for the 2023-24 academic year. The scholarship provides full, in-state tuition and on-campus housing for a total four-year value of more than $80,000 for freshmen and the value of full, in-state tuition for transfer students.   

Dean of Honors College, Dr. Gregory Bierly: “We are thrilled to welcome the incoming class of President’s Scholars to campus this Fall. This is an immensely talented group of students selected through a highly competitive process, and we look forward with great anticipation to the leadership and energy they will bring to our campus. I think we are all personally excited that these dynamic individuals have chosen to chart their professional paths at Indiana State University.”

Meet the freshmen recipients.

Jenna Amerman is from Rockville, Indiana, and was an engaged member of the student council and National Honor Society; and is a Rising Star of Indiana Recognition. She will major in Applied Medicine.

Allison Barasch of Monclova, Ohio, was involved in the National Honor Society and Student Council. She was a varsity member of her school’s swim and dive team and will continue her athletic career on ISU’s swim team. Barasch will pursue a degree in Interior Architecture Design.

Connor Brownfield is from Plainfield, Indiana, and will pursue a degree in English. Brownfield served as an editor for Avon Echo Newspaper and a National Honor Society and speech and debate team member.

Cami Burk is from Terre Haute, Indiana. She was a varsity athlete on the softball team and a Junior Department Club and National Honor Society member. Burk will major in Baccalaureate Nursing.

Lauren Cervantes of Normal, Illinois, was an active community volunteer and a member of the Spanish Club and the National Honor Society. In her free time, she played varsity golf and basketball. Cervantes wants to study to be a Pre-Physician Assistant.

Mya Cline of Washington, Indiana, was a multisport athlete, representing her school in soccer, basketball, track, and tennis. Cline was in choir and BETA club. She’ll be majoring in Applied Medicine with a focus on Athletic Training. 

Emma Gresham of Lynnville, Indiana, will join Indiana State University’s women’s track and cross-country teams. Gresham was a multisport athlete in high school, including track, cross-country, and varsity soccer. Her extracurricular activities include numerous organizations like the Riley Dance Marathon. She’ll major in Environmental Geoscience.

Jetta Harmon of Terre Haute, Indiana, was a member of several clubs in high school, including DECA, the National Honor Society, an Interact Officer, and more. She plans to major in Pre-Medicine. 

McKenna Hoffmeyer of Wheatland, North Dakota, was a member of several organizations, including Big Brother Big Sister, the National Honor Society, and the Science & Academic Olympiad. She also played softball. Hoffmeyer will major in Biology. 

Kaleigh Kelley of Mount Vernon, Indiana, was very involved in her community through organizations like, DECA, Big Brother Big Sister, and the National Honor Society. She played volleyball and will continue her competitive swim career at Indiana State. Kelley will major in Business Administration. 

Hailey Lorey of Ferdinand, Indiana, was in Student Council for four years, a member of the National Honor Society, and heavily involved in her school’s music programs, including jazz, marching, pep bands, and musical production. She will major in Biology. 

Campbell Pekny, from Brookston, Indiana, competed in wrestling and cross country. At Frontier High School, she was a member of the student council, 4-H, and the National Honor Society. She’ll be majoring in Applied Medicine. 

Samuel Richter is from St. Charles, Illinois, and was a competitive athlete in wrestling and football. He’s also a member of the Boy Scouts. Richter plans to major in Professional Aviation. 

William Ross of Marshall, Illinois, played golf and baseball at MHS. He was the president of the National Honor Society and a member of the Marshall Leadership Team and Interact. Ross will major in Biology.

Anna (Adie) Sittler of Terre Haute spent her free time engaged in high school as a participant in the National Honor Society, FCCLA, Color Guard, Student Council, and LINK Club. She plans to earn a degree in Business. 

Brenna Sobecki is from Laporte, Indiana competed on her school’s cross-country and track and field teams. Her athletic career will continue at Indiana State. In her free time, she was actively engaged in her community and a member of the diversity club. Sobecki plans to pursue a major in English. 

Brady Verdon will major in Pre-Medicine. The Chicago, Illinois native was in the National Honor Society, the leadership council, the aviation club, and a varsity athlete. 

Mary Witten of Depauw, Indiana, is an active community member in her church and community servant. She plans to major in Criminology & Criminal Justice.

Indiana State also awarded Transfer President’s Scholarships, valued at in-state tuition, to four students for the 23-24 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.

Victoria Hall of Coatesville, Indiana, will pursue a degree in Business. After completing her bachelor’s degree, Hall will enroll in ISU’s MBA program to enhance her education, develop her business knowledge, and advance her career. While in school, Hall wants to use her expertise to be more involved in her community. 

Loren Martin of Greensburg, Indiana, will pursue a Cybercriminology & Security Studies degree. After graduating from Indiana State, Martin wants to work with a company and use her skills to keep data safe from hackers that could cause damage to society. 

Lauren Newbold is from Avon, Indiana, and majoring in Biology. After graduating from Indiana State, Newbold plans to attend dental school to become a pediatric dentist and hopes to serve as a role model for future generations of doctors and dental hygienists.

Alyssa Schwenk will major in Psychology and minor in Criminology. The Owensboro, Kentucky native wants to be a certified Forensic Psychologist to contribute to better public safety. After attending ISU, Schwenk intends to pursue a doctorate degree.