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Tech sophomore honored at Saturday’s ICI Realizing the Dream banquet

November 9, 2015 Indiana Tech sophomore Cynthia Miracle.

Indiana Tech sophomore Cynthia Miracle of Bunker Hill, Indiana, was recognized at Saturday’s 26th annual Realizing the Dream banquet in Indianapolis.

Miracle was one of 31 students from Indiana’s independent colleges and universities to be honored at this event, which is made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to the Independent Colleges of Indiana. The event recognizes first-generation students attending ICI campuses, along with their inspirational teachers and families. Honorees are selected by their colleges for outstanding achievement during the freshman year.

Miracle received a $2,500 check to help with college costs, and her “most influential” teacher/mentor, Randy Wolfe of Maconaquah High School in Bunker Hill, received a $1,000 professional development grant.

One out of every three students on ICI campuses is first-generation. Generous financial aid provided by the campuses themselves, combined with state and federal grants, makes a private college education a possibility for all students in Indiana.

ABOUT ICI: Independent Colleges of Indiana serves as the collective voice for the state’s 31 private, nonprofit colleges and universities. ICI member institutions enroll almost 100,000 students (approximately 17 percent of all students statewide) and annually produce 32 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in Indiana. Information about ICI is available at