Herbert Presidential Scholar|
reflects on first year at IU
Ben-Ari Boukai of Indianapolis is one of 70 Herbert Presidential Scholars in the Class of 2008. The program is designed to bring Indiana's brightest high school students to IU and encourage them to stay in the state after graduation. There are 54 Presidential Scholars enrolled at IU Bloomington, 11 at IUPUI, two at IU South Bend and one each at IU Northwest, IU East and IU Southeast. Now in its fourth year, this scholarship program is funded by a $10 million grant from the Lilly Foundation.
One of the things that struck me most is that I am in company of other high-achieving, ambitious individuals which congregate from all walks of life. My roommate is Chinese and my neighbors include peers of Indian, Pakistani, Lebanese, Spanish, Swiss, and even Mauritian descent . . . I have formed friendships with students from the entire continental US, and gained from the ideology and priority differences which I found to be inherently linked to some geographical regions and socio-economic classes.
My lens of viewing the world and those who differ from me has truly expanded to be more inclusive and understanding of others.
Ben-Ari Boukai, Herbert Presidential Scholar, Class of 2008