Thanks and Recognition

Student Testimonials

Because of wonderful people like you, people like me can reach their dreams. I am grateful for your gift to our school and grateful for you.

Stephen, Psychology Class of '18

After being admitted into IU Kokomo I learned I would be receiving a scholarship. I am so grateful that you, the donor(s) have endowed this scholarship. It will enable me to pursue the career of my dreams. I want to thank you for providing a gift that will help cover the expenses of my education at Indiana University Kokomo. I am so truly grateful.

Thank you for all of your support for IU Kokomo. Without generous scholarship support, my educational experience would not be possible.

Your scholarship allows me to purchase books each semester allowing me to be successful and work toward completing my degree. Without you, this would not be possible. Thank you for investing in me and my future!

I wouldn't be able to earn my IU degree if it weren't for the financial support of generous donors...

Bailey, Communications Class of '18

Donor Stories

Sita Amba-Rao gives back to inspire and honor

Sita Amba-Rao sits holding a photograph

Though it’s been nearly 20 years since Sita Amba-Rao retired from Indiana University Kokomo, she continues to influence students here by establishing scholarships and service awards. A passionate proponent for social justice, she hopes to inspire students to serve their community and society, and to provide equitable access to higher education to students from underserved populations. She wants these students to be valued for their unique contribution to the campus, and for others to learn to appreciate those cultures. “My hope is that these students thrive in a supportive university environment,” said Amba-Rao, professor emerita of management. “I want them to gain education and empowerment, achieve success, feel pride in accomplishment, and evolve in life, free to discuss issues and gain true equality.”

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IU Kokomo receives $20,000 Duke Energy grant for elementary STEM program

Four people hold a giant check

Indiana University Kokomo received a $20,000 Duke Energy Foundation grant, which will provide science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming for more than 1,000 children and their families. Leah Nellis, dean of the School of Education, said the funding will be used for family STEM events at Elwood Haynes and Boulevard elementary schools, both in the Kokomo School Corporation. “It’s all about encouraging exploration of STEM activities and skills, in a family setting,” said Nellis. “It’s important for the children to see their parents coming to school, and demonstrating how important their education is.”

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Alumna gives $1 million gift for IU Kokomo scholarships

Kathleen Ligocki

A gift of $1 million from Kathleen Ligocki will support a new scholarship program at her alma mater. The gift establishes the Kathleen Ligocki Scholars Program, which creates a cohort of Indiana University Kokomo students who not only receive financial assistance, but also can access academic and social support from one another and from program staff and faculty. Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke announced the gift on Friday (March 30). Ligocki, CEO of Agility Fuel Systems, established the scholarship fund that will benefit qualifying incoming freshmen, and will be renewable for up to four years to those who remain in good academic standing and maintain full-time enrollment. Sciame-Giesecke thanked Ligocki, B. A. ’78, for the gift, noting that it will impact students for years into the future.

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Women of the Well House awards nearly $14,000 in grants

Women of the Well House group

Indiana University Kokomo’s women’s giving circle awarded nearly $14,000 during its first grant cycle, which will provide funding for eight campus programs led by students, faculty, and staff. The Women of the Well House voted on the projects that provide travel and externship opportunities, and CPR and mental health first aid training for students, and help students serve as mentors and teachers in north central Indiana. “It’s rewarding to know you’re part of this, and your contribution is going to have such an impact on the people served by the projects funded,” said Cathy Clearwaters, assistant director of development, who helped start the philanthropy group. “Women of the Well House gives women an opportunity to use their resources collectively to make a difference in our community.”

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