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Carmel senior wins full-ride scholarship to Manchester University

Gillian ThompsonCarmel High School senior Gillian Thompson has been selected for a full-ride scholarship to Manchester University.

The Multicultural Excellence in Leadership Award covers tuition, fees, on-campus housing and meal plan expenses for up to four years.

“I am pleased to welcome Gillian into the Manchester community,” said President Dave McFadden. “Our goal is to graduate individuals with ability and conviction who go on to improve the human condition. We’re proud she chose Manchester to continue her academic and life’s journey.”

While qualifying for an academic honors diploma at Carmel, Thompson has been active in student government, giving back to her school and community through participating and leading events to support local charities and causes. The Carmel Dance Marathon raised more than $1 million the three years she was involved.

Thompson has been a teen board member with the Joseph Maley Foundation serving children of all abilities; was a planning committee volunteer for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Indiana; a volunteer with “Walking for Dreams” event to raise funds for an Indiana parent-to-parent group aiding families with children who have special needs; and she assisted with Carmel Rotary Club Leadership Day, Hamilton County Harvest Foodbank and the Seton Day of Service.

Thompson has been a mentor to Carmel freshmen, a member of the school’s Gender Sexuality Alliance and its Green Action Club. She has been team coach with a Catholic youth organization and a cross country team manager.

“Manchester created the Multicultural Excellence in Leadership Scholarship to lift up leaders who identify as a racial or ethnic minority,” said Ryon Kaopuiki, vice president for enrollment and marketing at Manchester. “We are committed to cultivating a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.”

This is the second year Manchester has awarded this scholarship. All Manchester undergraduates get financial aid, and the University awards a number of academic scholarships. Contact the Office of Admissions at

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April 2022