Clay City student receives Ivy Tech Chancellor’s Scholarship

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Ivy Tech Community College Terre Haute has selected Faith Petrowski to receive the 2019-20 Ivy Tech Chancellor’s Award Scholarship.

Petrowski is a senior at Clay City Jr/Sr High School and the scholarship covers the full cost of tuition, technology fees, and books for four semesters at Ivy Tech Community College.

“Faith is a leader at her school and in her community,” said Lea Anne Crooks, Ivy Tech Terre Haute chancellor. “She is well-prepared for college work due to the Ivy Tech dual credit classes she has taken in high school. Ivy Tech is proud of Faith and her accomplishments.”

When she was told she earned the scholarship, Petrowski was overcome with emotion. The first thing she did was call her parents.

“I got it!” she told her mom on the phone.

Petrowski and her family had been waiting all year to find out if she would be selected.

Petrowski plans to enroll in Ivy Tech’s nursing program. She said she realized she wanted to become a nurse after spending a lot of time in the hospital due to family health issues.

“This scholarship means everything to me,” said Petrowski. “It means I now have the opportunity to get the best training in the state for the job I’ve always wanted.”

Petrowski earned the scholarship by maintaining above a 3.5 GPA, and demonstrating leadership and a strong character. She serves as president of the student council, a member of the national honor society, and a member of the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club at her school.

To get a head start on college, she earned multiple college credits while in high school through Ivy Tech’s dual credit program and took several advanced placement (AP) courses.

“The classes were tough, but it helped prepare me for college,” she said.

Petrowski said that one of the things that helped her was having Shearea Curtis, Ivy Tech college connection coach. Coaches help students explore future career and college opportunities onsite at the high schools.

“I’ve known Shearea almost my whole life,” said Petrowski. “She was one of the people who encouraged me to apply for this scholarship and helped me fill out the application.”

Jeff Bell, Clay City Jr/Sr High School principal, said he was proud of Petrowski and happy for her.

“Faith is the kind of person who makes you feel good about the next generation of students,” said Bell. “Faith is an exemplary student with leadership skills who demonstrates the intangible qualities of conscientiousness and responsibility. She has done a great job in her role as student council president.”

Petrowski said she is excited to start at Ivy Tech because she has friends coming to Ivy Tech also.

“I love how Ivy Tech is a close community,” she said. “I just hope that I will live up to what the scholarship has to offer.”

The Chancellor’s Award Scholarship is one of many offered at Ivy Tech Community College Terre Haute.

More than $180,000 in scholarships will be awarded for the 2019-20 academic year to Ivy Tech Terre Haute students. To learn about scholarship opportunities, visit

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