West 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.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram More than 2000 Greek Australians packed the Lonsdale Street Greek precinct on Sunday to see the new Greek Centre of Contemporary Culture launched with a bang. President of the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) Bill Papastergiadis fought back tears while addressing the crowd, speaking of a new period for the Greek Australian community. “This is a new chapter in the renaissance of Greek Australian Victoria” he said.“A building in which to engage and redefine our identity.”He said the building is the largest undertaken by any Greek community of the diaspora and will act as an example of what can be achieved.Bishop Ezekiel was on hand to bless the building, while both sides of politics showed their support, with Premier Denis Napthine and opposition leader Daniel Andrews in attendance.Mr Andrews even tried his hand at speaking a bit of Greek to congratulate the community on this historic milestone, which was met with laughter and applause. Greece’s Ambassador to Australia, Haris Dafaranos also relayed the Greek Government’s congratulations and said Prime Minster Antonis Samaras is very proud of the achievement of the GOCMV and of the Greek Australian community. The 15 level building was open to all, but struggled under the crush of people. Lines heading to the lifts snaked up Lonsdale Street for hours, with people curious to see what the building has to offer. Inside they were able to see new multi-purpose rooms, classrooms for the GOCMV language classes and rooms for future exhibitions. The pièce de résistance was the impressive rooftop space on the 13th floor. For those not able to make it into the building, a music and dance program entertained the crowd.It was a fitting way to open the new building, harking back to the annual Londsale Street Greek Festival.The old white three story building is now a thing of the past. It will now forever be replaced by an impressive glass building with a sneaky Discobolus on the façade, standing tall in the heart of the Greek precinct.