Culver Girls Academy senior Erin Thomas (Westfield, Ind.) has been named the state winner of the $10,000 AXA Achievement Scholarship in association with U.S. News & World Report. Thomas is one of 52 students – one from each state, plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico – to receive the scholarships.
Winners are graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated the ambition and drive to set and reach goals, and the determination to and ability to succeed in college.
Thomas created the Global Youth Leadership Summit last fall. The event took months of planning and organizing. More than 60 students from different schools came together for the day to look at how young people can conquer global problems. The students were motivated and inspired to get involved in their communities, creating an army of doers empowered to make a difference on their own.
“AXA Advisors and the Indianapolis community share a common goal of providing resources that help make college possible for students like Erin,” said Eleanora Anastasia Sciopu, executive vice president for AXA Advisors in Indianapolis. “By supporting their educational success we are making an investment in their futures and the success of our communities.”
Thomas will be attending American University in the fall.