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First-Generation Student Honored for Realizing His Dream

November 11, 2013

November 9 2013
Finding Success at Rose-Hulman: Sophomore chemistry student Seth Clark is the first member of his family to attend college. He was among 31 first-generation Indiana independent college students honored recently by Lilly Endowment Inc. (Photo by Dale Long)

     Seth E. Clark is a first-generation college student who is realizing his dream of attending Rose-Hulman. This is an effort encouraged through Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Realizing the Dream program.

     The sophomore chemistry major from Farmersburg, Indiana was among 31 students from the state’s independent colleges and universities recognized at a special banquet November 9 in Indianapolis. Each student was chosen as the first in their family to go to college, having outstanding achievement in the freshman year, and successfully advancing towards completing a bachelor’s degree.

     Clark received $2,000 to help with college costs.

     At Rose-Hulman, Clark has a near-perfect 3.9 grade point average, is a member of the Alpha Chi Sigma chemistry honor society, and member of the rifle team. He spent this summer as an intern at Knauf Insulation in Shelbyville, Indiana, and would like to participate in a higher education-based scientific undergraduate research program next summer.

     “Attending Rose-Hulman is helping me realize my dream to become a college professor specializing in organic chemistry,” Clark says.

     A solid foundation in chemistry principles was provided by Chris Siscoe, science teacher at North Central High School (Sullivan County). Clark chose Siscoe to receive a $1,000 professional development grant as his “most influential” teacher or mentor.

     “She was my best teacher in high school, and opened my eyes to the wonders of chemistry,” Clark says.

     The Realizing the Dream program is administered by the Independent Colleges of Indiana, which serves as the collective voice for the state’s private, non-profit colleges and universities.