Scholarships

The Indiana Broadcasters Foundation announced 11 recipients of its 2021 scholarship program, awarding $55,000 total to students who attend colleges and universities across the state.  The scholarships are funded by the Indiana Broadcasters Association, its contributing members, and individuals.

2021 Indiana Broadcasters Foundation Scholarship recipients include:

  • Genesis Brown (University of Indianapolis)
  • Blake Chapman (Ball State University)
  • Faith Denig (Ball State University)
  • Lexi Esterle (Ball State University)
  • Miranda Gust (Huntington University)
  • Braydyn Lents (Vincennes University)
  • Peyton Monnell (Ball State University)
  • Ryan Soel (University of Indianapolis)
  • Dante Stanton (Goshen College)
  • Kielynn Tally (University of Indianapolis)
  • Andrew Willett (Ball State University)

Why It Matters

“I come from a big family and am one of the first few people to go to college and pursue a degree so there isn’t a lot of financial options for me, so this definitely helps so that when I am graduating, I won’t have to worry so much about how am I going to pay this off.  I want to be ready to start the new chapter.” 

Genesis Brown

University of Indianapolis

“I think moments like these, they prove to me that I am on the right track in life and they prove to me that I’m better that what my mind sometimes tells me I am.  That validation is something that as human beings we don’t often get from other human beings especially in an industry like journalism where that validation comes from external sources, I think it’s wonderful.” 


Blake Chapman

Ball State University

“From freshman year my goal has been to graduate debt free and this opportunity will help me obtain that.  It’s insane.  I really never thought that I’d be able to obtain that.  Wow.” 

Faith Denig

Ball State University

“It’s validation and support from a great organization that I’m on the right path and the right things.  But, it also changes the way I can focus on education.  It means I’ll be able to participate in more extra curriculars, take on more classes, focus more on course work as opposed to working and trying to pay for education.” 

Lexi Esterle

Ball State University

“It is definitely going to help me because I thought I was going to have to pick up another job and not be able to continue to do the amount of broadcasting I had been. So, I’m really excited that will give me an opportunity to stay and do more broadcast here instead of getting a smaller, part-time job.” 

Miranda Gust

Huntington University

“When I was three years old, I was diagnosed with autism and doctors were really unsure about my future.  It is a big honor to have this money and hopefully in the near future we can inspire more kids to become like me and be inspirations on air.” 

Braydyn Lents

Vincennes University

“This scholarship means a ton, especially in a financial situation.  I kind of do everything on my own at college right now.  I have my own house, making car payments, stuff like that, and then going to school and working and trying to find the extra money.  With this scholarship it allows me to focus more on broadcasting and not worry so much about where this money is coming from to help me boost my education.” 

Peyton Monnell

Ball State University

“Next year, I would only be able to stick around for one year and be graduating early, but with this scholarship I can space out classes and pursue more internships and experiences out in the field while still studying as a senior. So, it’s huge financially and it’s huge experience and opportunity-wise for me.” 

Ryan Soel

University of Indianapolis

“I’m a first-generation college student and I’ve always wanted to be in broadcasting and a big part of me being in broadcasting – I’m a commuter student right now – and a big part of being here on campus is wanting to be here on campus and be more connected to the Goshen College community and be able to be here in-person all the time so I can take a larger load of the responsibility. This is fantastic and will help quite a bit.”

Dante Stanton

Goshen College

“The importance that this scholarship has for me is that not only am I paying for my college,  but I am also beginning to look forward to the future especially being a junior and almost being to the point of graduating. And I think this opens up so many opportunities for myself to then be able to widen my horizons instead of thinking narrow and think what is in my budget and what can I afford.”

Kielynn Tally

University of Indianapolis

“This scholarship is definitely going to play a huge role in my broadcasting career. I know it’s going to help me with school, this next semester for sure.  It means a lot to be a part of the Indiana Broadcasters Association and be a representative of the Indiana Broadcasters Association.”

Andrew Willett

Ball State University