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June 19, 2013

Mitch and Cheri Daniels fund scholarships for 2 students to attend Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A student from New Albany High School and one from The Oaks Academy have received a newly established Purdue scholarship, which will cover many of their undergraduate academic expenses for four years. Purdue President Mitch Daniels and his wife, Cheri, are funding the new scholarships.

The first recipients of the scholarship are Hannah Manger from New Albany, Ind., and Emerald Obie from Indianapolis. The scholarship is $10,000 per year, and can be renewed if the students maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and are on a four-year path to graduation. The award is to recognize outstanding students who have demonstrated significant achievement, and who are graduates from New Albany High School or who attended The Oaks Academy in Indianapolis prior to attending high school.

Manger graduated from New Albany High School with a 4.0-weighted GPA, and she plans to study biochemistry. Obie attended The Oaks Academy, which educates children in kindergarten through eighth grade, and she is a graduate of Herron High School in Indianapolis with a GPA of 4.07. She plans to study chemistry.

There is no application process for the scholarship, and selection is determined during the student admissions process.

The scholarship recognizes these two schools because Cheri is a 1967 New Albany alumna, and both Daniels were part of the team that launched The Oaks Academy in 1998. They continue to support the academy's mission of preparing students of diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds for higher education. Fifty percent of the student population qualifies as low income, 25 percent as middle income and 25 percent as high income.

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Source: Mitch Daniels, president@purdue.edu