Senior Abby Highsmith attended the Tamika Catchings “Catch the Stars” Scholar Athlete Dinner on Friday, May 17. Highsmith received a $20,000 scholarship from the Ciara Arts and Science Foundation. Senior Ethan Hurt was also nominated for the scholarship, but was unable to attend due to the Boys Track and Field Sectional meet being rescheduled for the same night.
Highsmith was 4-year player in the Covenant Volleyball program. Abby had 194 kills, 30 aces, and 161 digs in 80 sets during her senior year in 2018. Highsmith plans to attend Samford University to study pharmacy.
The CTS Scholar Athlete Dinner is an annual reception that recognizes and honors Indianapolis area students’ who excel in academics, make a difference in the community and participate in athletics. Both a male and female scholar athlete will be awarded 4-year renewable $5,000 scholarships based on their essays and applications. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist scholar athletes with their higher educational goals. Over $150k in scholarships has been granted since the program’s inception.
The Ciara Arts and Science Foundation is a family foundation created by John Bamforth and Sue Mahony to provide scholarships for youth that are interested in pursuing degrees and careers in the arts & sciences. The couple created the foundation following successful 30 year careers in business and retiring from Eli Lilly. They decided to team up with Catch the Stars to match the CTS three scholarships, 2 Scholar Athlete awards 4-year renewable scholarships at $5k/year, plus a Community Star scholarship 4-year renewable at $2k/year. The foundation provided an additional $48k in scholarship assistance which brought this year’s total to $104k in scholarships granted.