Senior Nichelle Harlan believes all of her hard work has paid off. Around the beginning of this semester, Harlan was granted a scholarship from Indiana University (IU).
Through the Center for Leadership Development (CLD), five LN seniors have been given scholarships to attend IU.
This year, the CLD gave out $1.7 million dollars in scholarships.
Assistant Principal Tracey Means is an alumni of the CLD program.
“[CLD] is a leadership and training program. It’s a non-for-profit and they offer several programs for minority students to make them leaders. I was a part of the program when I was in high school,” Means said.
CLD’s mission statement is “to foster the advancement of minority youth in Central Indiana as future professional, business and community leaders,by providing experiences that encourage personal development and educational attainment.”
They have multiple programs that cater to local minority youth, as well as giving out scholarships.
In 1989, Means graduated from a 13 week CLD course and was heavily involved in the alumni association from 1999 to 2003.
Means became less involved in the almuni association when she began working to get a master’s degree, but wishes to get heavily involved again, as she is a strong supporter of the program.
Out of the 22 schools represented, LN has the most scholarship recipients. The five students from LN receiving the scholarships include seniors Brittany Johnson, Lakenvia Ledford, Danielle Neal, Layana Watts and Harlan.
According to Means, the program started giving out scholarships to IU and other Indiana schools around four or five years ago.
Prior to that, students were still honored at the annual minority achievement dinner, and received a scholarship called the “CLD Leadership Scholarship,” which Means received herself.
“The program is phenomenal. I encourage minority students to get involved,” Means said.
CLD focuses on five principles that they believe are fundamental and vital to developing youth.
Character development, education excellence, leadership effectiveness, community service, and career achievement are the five core principles.
Students applied for the scholarships during first semester.
“It was an application process. I had to fill out the application, get a transcript, and get recommendation letters,” Watts said.
Both Watts and Harlan believe the scholarship was a result of their strong performance in school, as well as involvement in student activities.
“I’ve done really well and I’m really involved in school,” Watts said.
Watts was awarded the scholarship for IU, but is attending Purdue in the fall instead, to study Pre-med and French.
Harlan will be attending IU in the fall, to study medicine, and is excited about her scholarship.
“It’s going to help me pay for school and it’s one less thing to worry about in the fall – where the money is coming from,” Harlan said.
The scholarships were given to the students at the 31st Annual CLD Minority Business and Professional Achievers Recognition Awards Dinner on Wednesday, March 16 at the Sagamore Ballroom in the Indianapolis Convention Center downtown.