Ivy Tech Community College – Northeast Announces Now Read This! Scholarship Recipients for Best Creative Responses to Local Author’s Published Work

NORTHEAST – Ivy Tech Community College – Northeast announced its scholarship recipients for the inaugural community reading initiative Now Read This! The community book read invited anyone to read Keesha’s House by local author Helen Frost and promoted literacy and dialogue about the book while readers enjoyed the same published work as a community.

Now Read This! conducted monthly community discussion groups beginning in January with a culminating book-signing and author reading to celebrate the kick-off of National Poetry Month in conjunction with the college’s Edible Book Festival on Thursday, March 31. Details for the 2012 Now Read This! will be available in January.

Students and prospective students of Ivy Tech were asked to develop creative responses to Keesha’s House for the opportunity to be chosen to receive a scholarship to attend the college. Over the last two months, a selection committee reviewed submissions and chose four students who will receive a scholarship to attend Ivy Tech Community College – Northeast.

Scholarship Winners

$1,000 Scholarship
Catherine Donovan
Saint Joe, Indiana
Essay: “From Her Pages to Mine”

$1,000 Scholarship
Shaquile Coonce
Huntertown, Indiana
Visual Art: Teenage Hardships—Read the Fine Print

$500 Scholarship
Ginger Boyer
Hudson, Indiana
Visual Art: (no title) Split House


$500 Scholarship
Mark Rensberger
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Poem: “Smile If You Can”

For more information about the project and how to get involved, contact Troy Bigelow, English faculty member, at 260-481-2203 or tbigelow@ivytech.edu.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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