University News – February 13

Partnership to aid students

Ivy Tech Community College and Trilogy Health Services announced a new statewide partnership through the college’s Achieve Your Degree program.

The program is a collaboration between Ivy Tech and companies that offer tuition reimbursement benefits to employees to pursue education with minimal up-front costs.

Trilogy, which has 127 students enrolled at Ivy Tech throughout the state, hopes to expand its educational assistance programs by offering 2,000 scholarships to employees. Current employees enrolled at Ivy Tech and students enrolling beginning in the fall 2017 semester will begin the program.

Ivy Tech will assist Trilogy students with college and financial aid application process, and will defer billing until the end of the semester. Additionally, Trilogy will assist with tuition, fee and book costs for participants.

Current Trilogy employees interested in the program should contact their local executive director for more information.

For information about Achieve Your Degree, visit:

Summer INDOT Internships

The Indiana Department of Transportation is accepting resume applications for Governor’s Public Service Summer Internships now through Feb. 24.

More than 50 internships are available and they pay $11.30 per hour. Interns will spend at least half of their time working on a project to enhance college-level skills and abilities. Selected students can select their start date between May and August that best fits their academic schedule.

To be eligible, candidates must:

  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student with an accredited secondary education institution
  • Have completed at least one year of undergraduate education

Students who are graduating in May 2017 are eligible to apply.


Engineering scholarships

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is offering scholarships for students in civil-engineering programs.

The scholarship program offers $3,125 per semester or $2,083 per trimester for up to five years of post-secondary civil engineering education. In return for financial assistance, recipients will work for INDOT in full-time, paid positions during summer breaks and after graduation.

To be eligible, students must be accepted or enrolled full time in one of Indiana’s Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology certified civil engineering programs. These include Purdue University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Trine University and University of Evansville, among others.

For more information and to apply, go online at Applications for the 2016-17 school year must be postmarked by March 31.

North Graduate Lands Government Internship

Elizabeth James, a graduate of Columbus North High School, earned the opportunity to work as an intern for the Indiana Senate Majority Caucus for the 2017 legislative session.

As a legal intern, James will be responsible for conducting legal and policy research, filing legislative documents, summarizing amendments and conference committees and creating the daily legislative agenda.

James is a senior at Butler University and is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in political science. She is the daughter of Vince and Ann James.

Franklin College dean’s list

The following Columbus students have been named to the Franklin College dean’s list for the 2016 semester:

  • Joshua Marcus Holt, sophomore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Holt
  • Abigail Cheyenne Jones, sophomore, daughter of Mr. Brandon Jones and Ms. Jennifer Kimbler

Students named to the dean’s list have achieved academic distinction by earning a 3.5 grade-point average or above.

South Alabama dean’s list

Lily Cross, a 2015 graduate of Hauser High School, earned a spot on the University of South Alabama dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester.

Cross is the daughter of Peggy Cross of Columbus and Deryl Cross of Mooresville, and granddaughter of Mildred Elkins of Columbus.

A grade-point average of 3.5 or higher is needed to make the dean’s list.

IUPUC dean’s list

Autumn Elkins, a 2014 graduate of Columbus North High School, made the Indiana Unveristy – Purdue University Columbus dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester.

Elkins is the daughter of Tim and Susan Elkins, of Columbus, and the granddaughter of Mildred Elkins of Columbus.

A grade-point average of 3.5 or higher is required to make the dean’s list.

Ball State dean’s list 

The following area students have been named to Ball State University’s fall 2016 dean’s list:

Columbus: Maddie Albright, Benjamin Baker, Katelyn Bastian, Victoria Bell, Miranda Blevins, Alexis Bowman, Keely Collier, Devin Cox, Gabriela Czereszko, Meredith Dickerson, Erika Espinoza, Amber Eubanks, Mariann Fant, Jordan Foster, Makenzie Gilliam, Paige Grider, Briana Hale, Kiersten Henderson, Alex Joslin, Zack Laughlin, Adam Leclerc, Roth Lovins, Michael Mcconnell, Sam McQueen, Katelyn Novak, Rachel Ollestad, Katie Prall, Braeden Raymer, Tayler Seymour, Gabby Sims, Makinsey Summa, Isaac Walling and Avery Wendel.

Hope: Abbey Ashbrook, Jordan Cain, Noah Czereszko and Brooke Stafford.

Hartsville: Jonathan Isbill.

Scipio: Morgan Grant.

North Vernon: Thea Purdue and Lane Sawyer.

Elizabethtown: Courtney Stoner.

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5633.