Greenfield senior earns Marian scholarship


Daily Reporter staff reports

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield-Central High School senior is among eight high-school students from across the state to receive full-ride scholarships to Marian University.

William Blagburn of Greenfield plans to major in accounting at the Catholic university on Indianapolis’ west side.

Each year, Marian University invites its top applicants to compete for the prestigious St. Mary Academic Scholarship, which awards full-tuition for four years. Students are selected to compete based on their academic accomplishments, community service and extracurricular activities. The competition culminates with a series of on-campus student interviews with university faculty and staff. This year, 78 students were chosen to compete for the scholarship.

“The academic profile of incoming Marian University students, as measured by GPAs and college entrance exams, has improved every year over the last five years,” said Paul Woolston, vice president of enrollment management. “Not surprisingly, the competition for the St. Mary’s Academic Scholarship is getting more intense each year as well. I’m excited about the recipients of this year’s scholarships. There’s no doubt that they will be leaders in their communities and successful in their chosen fields.”

Marian University welcomed the largest freshman class in the college’s history in 2018, a 26 percent increase over 2017. Marian officials said that fall 2019 could once again bring record enrollment; applications for fall 2019 are currently tracking ahead of 2018.

Founded in 1937, Marian University is the only Catholic university in Indianapolis and central Indiana. In 2018, Marian is serving 2,400 undergraduate and 1,160 graduate students earning degrees in the arts, business, education, engineering, math, medicine, nursing, ministry, and the natural and physical sciences.