Two winners of Wilhelm Construction 31 Answers Scholarships Announced
F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co., Inc., and Independent Colleges of Indiana teamed up to offer two middle- or high-school students a $5,000 scholarship each to use at any one of Indiana’s 31 private, nonprofit (ICI) colleges and universities at which they matriculate after graduation. The two winners are Anna Pierce, senior at Marian High School, and Drew Schultz, senior at Adams Central High School.
More than 1,000 students ages 13-19 entered to win the Wilhelm Construction 31 Answers Scholarships at the conclusion of ICI’s fall video campaign, 31 Answers to Your Questions About College. Each school day from mid-September through October, a new video answer was posted to www.indianacolleges31.org, along with English and Spanish transcriptions of the videos and links to additional resources.
To enter to win the scholarships, students were asked questions about what they learned from the campaign. Two winners were randomly selected from the pool of eligible entries.
“By watching the 31 Answers videos, I learned about staying on track, making sure that I am doing the things that I need to do to become successful, and preparing for college,” said Schultz.
The 31 Answers project was born out of conversations with high school guidance counselors who indicated a need for a one-stop resource for the most common questions students and their families have when thinking about college. ICI filled this need by creating a web portal with video answers by students and staff from its member colleges.
“31 Answers is a resource that high school guidance counselors, students, and parents have sought,” said Richard Ludwick, president and CEO of ICI. “We’re happy to provide easy-to-understand answers to sometimes hard questions. We’re in the business of meeting students’ needs by making college affordable and easy to navigate.”
The 31 Answers website and videos remain available as a resource for students and parents.
Independent Colleges of Indiana serves as the collective voice for the state’s 31 private, nonprofit colleges and universities. ICI member institutions enroll some 100,000 students (approximately 17 percent of all undergraduates statewide) and annually produce 32 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in Indiana. Information about ICI is available at www.icindiana.org.