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Scholar Courtney KniesCareer goal: Advertising/marketing and/or children’s book illustrator

Education completed: Senior at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Education goal: Bachelor of Arts in Computer Graphics Technology, 2014

Courtney Knies isn’t sure where she’ll wind up in her career, but thanks to the 21st Century Scholarship, she’s had plenty of opportunities to explore her passions.

“I remember in middle school when I found out that I’d been accepted to the program, I was so excited,” Courtney recalls. “I told all my friends about the scholarship.”

Since middle school, Courtney’s experiences have been varied but always fun. In high school, the Scholarship made her take her classes more seriously and think twice about who she chose as friends. She liked English and art classes, which eventually led her to major in Computer Graphics Technology at IUPUI. She also was a cheerleader, a passion she continues today as a coach for a local high school team.

During her first year in college, Courtney attended campus meetings for 21st Century Scholars and became friends with another student who connected her with her current internship at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Courtney’s supervisors in the Commission’s Division of Student Financial Aid say she’s been a valuable member of the team who always takes her work a step beyond, whether that’s compiling reports of common errors as she sorts scholarship applications or being involved in programming decisions for the Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship.

Courtney is looking forward to a summer graphic design internship at the Indiana Farm Bureau, and to building her business as a freelance graphic designer. Her favorite college classes have helped her hone those skills—creating brochures, book illustrations and magazine images.