Purdue expands financial aid opportunities to Ripley County students

first_imgWest Lafayette, In. — Low-income students in Ripley County who may not otherwise be able to attend Purdue University will have a new financial aid option in 2019, thanks to the Purdue Opportunity Awards program.The program assists Purdue undergraduate students from Indiana facing unusual personal challenges and financial hardship. In support of the program, funding from J. Timothy and Jane C. McGinley has provided aid each year to students from Marion, Tippecanoe, Vigo, Harrison and St. Joseph counties, to which the McGinleys and former Indiana Govs. Evan Bayh, Frank O’Bannon and Joseph Kernan have ties.The McGinleys are expanding the program this year to include Ripley County, where gubernatorial candidate Mitch Daniels, now president of Purdue University, kicked off his successful 2004 race featuring an RV tour across Indiana. Daniels served as Indiana governor from 2005 to 2013.“When we set up the scholarship fund, we wanted to help students in need—and also to recognize and thank the governors who had appointed me to the Purdue board of trustees: Bayh, O’Bannon and Kernan,” said Tim McGinley, who served as a Purdue University trustee for 20 years and stepped down in 2009 after 16 years as chair of the board. “Now, we want to include Mitch and recognize and thank him as well.”Tim McGinley earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Purdue in 1963, and Jane McGinley graduated from Purdue in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.Daniels crisscrossed the state during his first campaign for governor, staying 125-plus nights in the homes of Indiana residents. He spent the first night in Ripley County. Over the course of the campaign, he visited towns across the county, including Cross Plains and its feed mill; Friendship, home of national rifle-muzzle-loading competitions; and Milan as it celebrated the 50th anniversary of its high school boys’ basketball team’s 1954 Indiana state title.The McGinleys offered Daniels his choice of which Indiana county to add to their scholarship program. “Pressed to choose,” he said, “I wanted to go back to where it all started: Ripley County.”Since becoming president of Purdue in 2013, Daniels has stressed student affordability and led successful initiatives to hold university tuition constant.Rob Moorhead, superintendent of the South Ripley Community School Corporation, said, “I was pleased to hear that former Governor Daniels chose Ripley County to be included in this scholarship program. With well over 60 percent of the students at South Ripley qualifying for free or reduced lunches, we have students who will benefit greatly from this program. As we prepare students for their future vocations, we realize the importance of breaking down barriers to help them obtain a post-secondary degree. This scholarship program will increase the likelihood that our students will have the opportunity and financial means to earn such a degree.”Purdue Opportunity Awards provide scholarship money to income-eligible Twenty-first Century Scholars from Indiana. To be considered, students must be admitted to Purdue and have a complete FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on file with the Purdue University Division of Financial Aid by March 1 of their senior year in high school. No special application for the scholarship is required.last_img read more

Chris Slayton drafted in 7th round of NFL Draft to New York Giants

first_imgFormer Syracuse defensive tackle Chris Slayton was drafted by the New York Giants with the 245th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on Saturday.Slayton, a three-year starter in the middle of the Orange’s defensive line, commanded double teams, freeing up SU’s defensive end duo of Kendall Coleman and Alton Robinson. And despite the extra blocking attention, Slayton is still ninth all-time in Syracuse history in tackles for loss (32.5).He joins a Giants team fresh off a 5-11 season. Interior line is a need for a talent-depleted defense, one that traded away dominant run-stopper Damon Harrison during the 2018 season.Slayton is Syracuse’s first selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, taken in the seventh round. Still on the board are wideout Jamal Custis, quarterback Eric Dungey and linebackers Ryan Guthrie and Kielan Whitner.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 27, 2019 at 6:12 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts hits the weight room shortly after crushing Texas Tech

first_imgCheck out some of his workout from Hurts’ Instagram post below: Jalen Hurts led Oklahoma to a dominant win Saturday over Texas Tech, but his day wasn’t finished.Hurts finished 17 of 24 through the air for 415 passing yards and three touchdowns, adding 70 rushing yards and another score on the ground against Texas Tech in the Sooners’ Big 12 opener. Afterward, the Heisman-contending quarterback hit the gym for your typical post-game workout. MORE: Hurts opens Heisman Trophy lead with stat-stuffed Big 12 debut💪😤After putting up 485 yards and four touchdowns against Texas Tech earlier today, Jalen Hurts is already back in the weight room. pic.twitter.com/1Tuieo2TQi— Sporting News (@sportingnews) September 28, 2019This isn’t the first time this season the former Alabama quarterback has hit the weight room right after a game. Shortly after defeating South Dakota on Sept. 7, Hurts also opted to put in some extra work.”I had something on my mind and I got it off my chest and got some work in,” Hurts said, when asked why he went to the weight room after beating South Dakota. Postgame workout or not, Hurts and the Sooners are off to a strong start the season.last_img read more