Past Winners

Allie Card

2019 Recipient

Allie Card has worked full-time as a speech pathologist at Riley Hospital for Children specializing in infant and child swallowing disorders. She just began her 3L year at Robert H. McKinney School of Law at Indiana University as an evening student while also completing a fellowship at the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics. She is pursuing a health law certification in addition to a juris doctor degree and is excited to use her skills as a clinician with her new concentration in law to work as a health law attorney in the future.


Allie's nominator wrote that, "When it comes to personal innovation, Allie's drive to switch careers defines her commitment to not letting herself become complacent. While this career shift has not been without moments of doubt, Allie has been fearless in setting out on a new path for herself and brave in seeking out opportunities to redefine both her personal and professional goals."

Rhyan Smith

2018 Recipient

Rhyan Smith is a single mother and 3rd year law student at Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Her nominator wrote that she is, "a woman who exemplifies determination and innovation as she rebuilds her life after surviving domestic violence, divorce, and financial devastation... she is determined not to be a victim, but to be victorious!" 


This scholarship will help Rhyan grow as an emerging leader within her community and beyond, and will enable her to further the Finishers Scholar Initiative and connect her with other like minded women. Her long term goal is to practice corporate law and to advocate for women who have survived domestic violence.

Adriena Wright

2017 Recipient

Adriena Wright is a resilient woman who has risen above extremely tough physical and mental challenges after being in a near-fatal car crash at the age of 18. Her nominator wrote that, “She truly innovated herself from being in a depressed and physically broken state to being a strong, empowering woman and role model.”

Adriena now self-funds college preparation workshops for first generation college students in urban areas, and this scholarship will go toward funding more of these.

Tia Jackson

2016 Recipient

Tia Jackson is an empowered woman who has made the decision to return to school and obtain a degree in Organizational Leadership. Her nomination application noted, “Tia has a servant heart helping others. Tia is fun, energetic, totally authentic and models what she believes everyone deserves – respect and understanding.” You can learn more about Tia in this video.

We were thrilled to be able to present this award to a strong, talented woman who has continued to innovate herself and help others.

Laura Apple

2015 Recipient

Laura Apple is a model student and active volunteer in her community who is a driven, motivated and passionate leader in the Indianapolis community. “I am incredibly grateful to have received this award. It's difficult to put into words how much it means to me and the difference it will make for my year,” said Apple. 

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