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MC achiever wins statewide scholarship

and $1,000 for her high school teacher


Manchester College sophomore Norma Rojas of Ligonier, Ind., has received a $1,000 “Realizing the Dream” scholarship and is sharing the spotlight (and another $1,000) with her favorite high school teacher, who inspired her to go to college. Rojas, a financial accounting major, and her teacher Susan Becker of West Noble High School were honored at an Oct. 16 banquet in Indianapolis.   

Sponsored by Lilly Endowment Inc. for Independent Colleges of Indiana, the “Realizing the Dream” program recognizes outstanding high school graduates who not only are the first in their family to attend college, but who excel in scholarship and leadership in their freshman year.

The program also celebrates the roles played by teachers in shaping student aspirations for a college education. Norma selected Susan Becker, chair of the Business Department of West Noble High School, to receive a $1,000 professional development award. Manchester College will apply Norma’s $1,000 scholarship toward the cost of her education.

Norma, daughter of Jose A. and Maria N. Rojas of Ligonier, is the first in her family to attend college. She is a 2003 graduate of West Noble High School in northern Indiana. 

Norma Rojas warmed quickly to the Manchester College environment. As a first-year student, she joined Oakwood Hall Council, Hispanos Unidos, was secretary of French Club and volunteered in the community with the Learn More Center. She also made the fall 2003 Dean’s List. This year, she is vice president of her hall council and continues to be active in Hispanos Unidos and the Accounting and Business Club.  

At West Noble High School, Becker teaches business courses.  “I am very honored to receive this recognition,” said the teacher of 24 years. “However, the best part of it is knowing Norma Rojas.  She is a wonderful, caring young lady.  She is a very hard worker.  I knew she would do well in college.”  Becker particularly has praise for Roja’s maturity, adding, “She has many other wonderful attributes that will make her successful in life.”

Rojas said her high school business teacher had great influence on her. “There are not enough words to thank her for her support. She helped me with my college decision and gave me good advice.  She is the kind of person who relates to her students and enjoys learning from them. She is a great friend and a dedicated teacher.”

Rojas was drawn to Manchester College because of its highly regarded accounting program, and, “The size was perfect, and it is not too far or too close to home.”

About 200 students are majoring in business and accounting this semester at Manchester College and its CPA training is nationally recognized. For more information about the independent liberal arts college, visit

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