New scholarship provides link from urban high school to urban university


A new scholarship for undergraduate students aims to provide a direct link from top-ranked Indianapolis public charter school Herron High School to the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis.

The scholarship is a combination of passions for Kelley visiting lecturer David Steele. Steele teaches entrepreneurship and strategy at Kelley and also serves on the Board of Directors at Herron High School in Indianapolis.

“You have this great, classical, urban high school, and you have this great, world-class, urban business school within a few blocks of each other. This is the first time there’s been alignment between the high school transition from Herron High School to the Kelley School of Business,” said Steele. “My dream is to constantly increase the number of business students coming from the high school every year. Hopefully someday we have a pipeline of students coming to Kelley.”

Steele and his wife Lynne established the David and Lynne Steele Scholarship for Herron High School Graduates. It will benefit undergraduate students studying at the Kelley School, who have also graduated from Herron High School and demonstrate financial need. The scholarship provides $1,500 to the recipient or recipients and is renewable as long as the student remains in good standing with the school.

Herron High School was recently ranked third among the top ten high schools in Indiana and one of the top 100 charter schools in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report.

“David Steele's gift is an affirmation of his commitment to Herron High School and his belief that our students are academically prepared to be successful at the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis. His gift will ease the financial burden for our students, and assure them that others care about their success,” said Janet H. McNeal, Head of School at Herron High School.

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