Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s TRIO program receives statewide recognition

Azza Elrayah, Chelsey Smith, and Felicia Henry-Nailon

Three individuals involved with the TRIO Student Support Services program at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne have received statewide recognition from Indiana TRIO.

  • Azza Elrayah and Chelsey Smith, current Ivy Tech Fort Wayne students, both won the Indiana TRIO Part-time Board of Directors Scholarship. The scholarship awards $500 towards the 2019–20 academic year. The scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrates academic excellence and co-curricular/community involvement in college.
  • Chelsey Smith was also a semi-finalist for the Donald Singleton and Emerging Leaders Institute scholarship. To be considered for these scholarships, students must be enrolled in a two-year or four-year post-secondary institution for the upcoming academic year, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, demonstrate strong leadership abilities in their community and/or advocacy efforts in their TRIO community, and demonstrate a commitment to seeking historical information through reading books or other materials/methods and expressing the impact that the acquired knowledge has had on them.
  • Felicia Henry-Nailon, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne TRIO Student Support Services staff member and TRIO alumna, won the Bertha M. Jones Memorial Award. The award recognizes individuals who have achieved significant success in their lives and is intended to allow Indiana TRIO to celebrate the success of former TRIO students who might not have had the chance to notably succeed without their participation in a TRIO program.

“We are exceptionally proud of the professional grit and determination evidenced by TRIO students and alumni like Felicia Henry-Nailon,” says Beth Clemens, director of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s TRIO Student Support Services. “Felicia has turned her own speed bumps into a gift that she continues to give to students like Azza, Chelsey, and many more.”

Learn more about Indiana TRIO scholarships and awards at http://indianatrio.org/

TRIO Student Support Services’ mission is to provide services to 160 first-generation, low-income students with or without disabilities as they work toward a degree or certificate at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, with a goal of achieving completion within a three-year period. To learn more about Ivy Tech’s TRIO program, visit IvyTech.edu/trio

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