Templeton Scholar Profiles

Alyssa Branch

Hometown: Noblesville, IN
What I like best about being a Templeton Scholar: I like that the Templeton scholarship gives me a lot of experiences I would not have had if I weren't a part of the program such as the opportunity to be apart of community service programs, networking, and also the ability to be the leader of an organization and on campus. This scholarship program helps me to explore my leadership skills and to make something of it rather than to just understand that I have these skills without ever exploring the possibilities that could arise from them.
What I like best about Hanover College: I like that Hanover college never allows you to fail..every professor cares about their students and most every student cares for one another, Hanover college is more than a college it is a community.
What does cultural diversity, social justice and tolerance mean to you: Cultural diversity, social justice and tolerance are very important to me and they are a means for change, these key ideas are the very structures for unity not just at this college, but for the world.

Daquisha Jones

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Intended Major: Political science, economics or Spanish minor
What I like best about being a Templeton Scholar: Being able to represent Benjamin Templeton through this program, and having the opportunity to spread our principles and possible impact the campus.
What I like best about Hanover College: The environment of Hanover both aesthetically and community wise. Everyone is friendly and everyone in the faculty from the President down genuinely cares for every student.
What does cultural diversity, social justice and tolerance mean to you: Being conscious of your actions and knowing how they impact those around you. Aware of the differences within the human race but choosing to accept everyone despite or because of those differences. As you become aware of the differences you work hard to accept them and fight for the right for others to be who they are and to have the opportunity to live fulfilling and meaningful lives just the way that they are. Recognizing that those very differences are what makes the world a spectacular place.

Tessa Dean

Hometown: Zionsville,IN
Intended Major: Biology/ Pre-Med
What I like best about being a Templeton Scholar: What I like most about being a part of being a Benjamin Templeton Scholar would be the fact that I am recognized as a leader in social justice, cultural diversity and tolerance. I love the fact that I am able to work along side people who believe in the same ideas and concepts in order to better the school. I am very proud to be seen on campus as someone who is proud to promote and be apart of these aspects of campus life, not only in my presence but, also with the ideas that I can contribute.
What I like best about Hanover College: I like the small classes and the community feel. I love the fact that I can go to a professor and ask a question after class and get one-on-one help when needed. I also love the liberal arts aspects of the college. I like the fact that even though I am majoring in biology, I can still take other classes like GW: Comedy and Tragedy, and explore my love for literature more.
What does cultural diversity, social justice and tolerance mean to you: To me cultural diversity means that people have the freedom to express their culture. It means that people from all over the country and even the world can come and show others their way of living. It is another way to understand differences within cultures and even allows people to further educate others about themselves. Social justice and tolerance is the accepting part of cultural diversity. In order to further understand others and where they are from people need to be able to accept people for who they are and where they come from in order to better the world and gain further knowledge. I feel if people have a better understanding of the differences around the world, than it will be easier to accept and tolerate differences in order to for a greater unity.

Lauren Schultz

Hometown: Erlanger, KY
Intended Major: International Studies, Spanish Minor, Business Scholars Program
What I like best about being a Templeton Scholar: The Benjamin Templeton Program is such a helpful support system on and off campus. I know, if I ever need advice or help, my fellow scholars and my advisors are always looking out for me.
What I like best about Hanover College: Hanover College is such a friendly and welcoming place. I love the small community; I feel special here.
What does cultural diversity, social justice and tolerance mean to you: Mutual respect is key in our diverse world. If different groups took the time to understand one another, our society would be a more peaceful and accepting place.

Acea Holland

Hometown: Louisville, KY
Intended Major: I plan to major in Elementary Education and minor in Spanish.
What I like best about being a Templeton Scholar: The think that I like best about being a Templeton Scholar is that the scholarship group/attainees are amazing and I cannot wait to spend the next 3 years growing together. I also like that this scholarship allows me to stay on top of my work, which has allowed me to make good grades and be a good student, and the fact that the scholarship helps financially!
What I like best about Hanover College: My favorite thing about Hanover College is that the professors truly care about my education and understanding of the material. They work with students whenever they need help which is very beneficial to me as a student! Plus, the classes are small and allow more individual attention.
What does cultural diversity, social justice and tolerance mean to you: Cultural diveristy, social justice, and tolerance to me mean that as a community we must learn to accept and respect different people who come from all different walks of life. We must be willing to learn about their customs/beliefs, religions, heritage, ect. in order to understand who they are. All people no matter shape, size, or skin color deserve to be respected and appreciated.

Alicia Treasure Marie Hopkins

Hometown: Columbus, IN
Intended Major: Political Science
What I like best about being a Templeton Scholar: I like that we have so much help at our finger tips. It is comforting to know that if I needed anything I could get support from any of our pod leaders.
What I like best about Hanover College: My favorite thing about Hanover College is the fact that when you walk around the campus it is so friendly and accepting. I love the fact that I get a chance to get to know everyone on the campus.
What does cultural diversity, social justice and tolerance mean to you: It means being accepting to learning about other cultures and customs. It means not judging people simply because they are different but embracing that difference and try to understand it. It also means to me that I need to lead by example and be tolerant to all differences.

Katelyn Emi Funkhouser

Hometown: Bloomington, IN
Intended Major: Biology
What I like best about being a Templeton Scholar: I love the support system that the Templeton Program provides. The advisors and other scholars challenge me to be the best student, friend, and leader I can be.
What I like best about Hanover College: I knew right away that Hanover was the perfect school for me. The classroom size and overall positive attitude of the campus made it impossible to choose any other school.
What does cultural diversity, social justice and tolerance mean to you: It means that regardless of an individual's skin color, economic background, religious view, sexual orientation, or social status, they deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. Prejudice of any kind is ugly and stems from ignorance. Therefore our best course of action is to become informed of each other's differences and use them to affect positive change.

Ashley Turner

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Intended Major: KIP
What I like best about being a Templeton Scholar: Being able to be a part of a group that does not exist anywhere else on many college campuses. To have the ability to change the college community we live in.
What I like best about Hanover College: What I like best is the comfort you feel when you're on the campus from the students faculty and teachers.
What does cultural diversity, social justice and tolerance mean to you: Cultural diversity means being well rounded in the different cultures you're surrounded with. Social justice means to be able to stand up for what you think is right without violence. Tolerance means being able to accept unfavorable differences you are facing.