Five students awarded Horizon Leadership Scholarship for 2013-14

HUNTINGTON, Ind. Five incoming Huntington University freshmen have been awarded the Horizon Leadership Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year. The students will join a program that is helping to create a more racially and ethnically diverse campus.

Students from California and Indiana were chosen this year. This is the sixth year for the program.

"I am excited about the potential of the new class of Horizon Scholarship recipients," said Jesse Brown, director of the Horizon Leadership Program. "They will arrive at Huntington in the fall with sustained academic success, leadership involvement in Youth for Christ and on their high school campuses and strong faith commitments."

A collaboration between Huntington University and Youth for Christ, the Horizon Leadership Scholarship was begun in 2008 to attract and retain students of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds by providing educational, leadership and creative outlets. The Horizon Leadership Scholarship covers the cost of tuition and room and board for the recipients for up to 10 semesters. This is made possible through a blend of federal, state and institutional aid.

Recipients are required to achieve and uphold a standard of academic performance, community service and spiritual and social growth. The Horizon Leaders are involved in weaving a tapestry of diversity and perspective for the student body of Huntington University as well as the surrounding community. The goal is to leave a positive mark on the City of Huntington that will always be remembered.

"I am excited to see the influence that they and the campus will have on one another for the upcoming years," Brown said. "They are a great group of leaders and it is evident that God has his hand upon them."

This year's Horizon Leadership Scholarship recipients are:

Itzel Barron from Fort Wayne, Ind. She currently attends South Side High School and plans to major in psychology at HU.


Edwin Chow from Campbell, Calif. He currently attends Westmont High School and plans to major in youth ministries at HU.


Christiana Hicks from Fort Wayne, Ind. She currently attends R. Nelson Snider High School and plans to major in psychology at HU.


Olivia Knispel from Churubusco, Ind. She currently attends Carroll High School and plans to major in biology pre-med at HU.


Samantha Wingo from Marion, Ind. She currently attends Marion High School and plans to major in youth ministries.