MUNSTER | The James W. and Betty Dye Foundation awarded more than $1.7 million in new Jim and Betty Dye Scholarships to 87 graduating seniors from Northwest Indiana high schools.
The recipients and their parents met with foundation board members last month at Ridge United Methodist Church for a meet and greet, light refreshments, and a group photograph. On hand to answer scholarship questions were founder and chairman James W. Dye, President James R. Dye, Executive Director Carin Calvin-Olah, counsel Karl Hand; and Selection Committee member the Rev. Steve Conger.
Scholarships valued from $4,000 to $28,000 for Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana University Northwest, Purdue University West Lafayette, Purdue University Calumet, IUPUI, or Ball State University are awarded based upon the applicant’s academic excellence and school and community involvement. Minimum requirements are a 1650 SAT or 24 ACT score, and a 3.25 or higher grade point average.
James W. Dye and his late wife, Betty, established the foundation in 1993 due to their interest in the economic welfare of Northwest Indiana and their belief that a better-educated populace improves the welfare of all region residents.
Originally implemented at Griffith High School, the program now includes all high schools in Lake, Newton, Porter, and Jasper counties.
“My mom and dad created their foundation with the idea (that) the best way to help the livelihood of all of Northwest Indiana was by helping those who could and would return to the region to start successful careers and businesses,” James R. Dye said.
Annually, the foundation hosts a dinner for the more than 400 current and previous scholarship recipients. The guest speaker at this year’s June 28 dinner at Briar Ridge Country Club will be Curt Simic, president emeritus of the Indiana University Foundation.
“It is quite an event,” said Calvin-Olah. “We have a tremendous turn-out year after year. It certainly is a testament to the impact our scholarship has had in their lives. On our end, it is so rewarding to watch our recipients grow from high school students to university students to confident individuals with successful careers and families.”
The foundation also awards NWI Non-Traditional Student Scholarships for one-half tuition to currently enrolled students at IUN or PUC and sponsors the James W. Dye Entrepreneurial Scholarships at both Indiana University and Ball State University.
For more information, visit www.dyscholarships.org or call (219) 836-1100.