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Student Aspen Lovejoy, recipient of four endowed scholarships covering 90 percent of her tuition, poses with the familiar egg chairs in the library, with pix to be used in a donor mailing on October 20, 2016.   (Photo by D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)
Scholarships: Power to Transform

Meet senior Aspen Lovejoy. 90% of her tuition is paid by UIndy scholarships.

Senior Aspen Lovejoy’s time at the University of Indianapolis has been marked by a sense of community. She feels it from UIndy employees who greet her with smiles and openness, when working closely with professors who give her personal attention and from the UIndy donors who have financially invested in her education.

Aspen, a native Hawaiian, explains that it is her personal relationships with UIndy faculty, like Biology Professor Mary Gobbett, who have helped her achieve great heights as a Greyhound. They worked together to establish a science-learning program with preschool and kindergarten students. Meanwhile, Education Professor Kate Reinhardt helped Aspen become a two-time Student Indiana State Delegate Representative at the National Education Association Representative Assembly.

Aspen makes it clear that her success at UIndy also must be attributed to many generous donors—including UIndy Professor of Business Dr. Stephen Maple and his wife, Sarah Maple, who fund the Lloyd E. & Treva I. Hiatt Elementary Education Scholarship.  Aspen has received four endowed scholarships that covered 90 percent of her tuition.

9 out of 10 UIndy students receive some type of financial assistance

“These scholarships not only afforded me the experience to attend the University of my choice, but they also afforded me the full experience of college life, life in the classroom as well as in my community, without having the worries of how I would pay for it all. I could simply focus on being the best student I wanted to be.”

After graduation, Aspen hopes to carry on the Greyhound tradition of giving back to her community as an elementary school teacher. Thanks to the generosity of UIndy supporters, Aspen will put UIndy’s motto “Education for Service” to use.

“Employers want UIndy graduates because they know that they are not only getting a quality worker, but they are getting a quality person,” she said.

Scholarship support is an essential part of a university education for most students. With more than 40 percent of UIndy students being the first in their families to attend college, and almost 90 percent receiving some form of financial assistance, the generous support of UIndy’s alumni and friends has the power to transform many lives.

The Office of Financial Aid  helps students seeking scholarships to navigate deadlines, inform them of next steps and keep them apprised of opportunities for both loan and gift aid. They will assist students in making their way through the complexities of financial aid opportunities. The Office of Financial Aid can be contacted at financialaid@uindy.com.