The Indiana Pacers announced last week the winner of the Pacers MVP Scholarship presented by Herff Jones, an award presented to an Indiana high school student who has made a difference as a leader in their community. For the award, the Pacers partnered with Herff Jones in Indianapolis.
This year’s grand prize winner is Trenton Wright of Avon High School. He receives a $5,000 scholarship to the accredited college of his choice, courtesy of Herff Jones, along with a special gift from the Herff Jones collection.
The judging criteria included academic excellence, community service and an essay. Criteria for applicants were that they had to be high school seniors in Marion, Boone, Hendricks, Morgan, Johnson, Shelby, Hancock, Madison or Hamilton counties; could not be a member of their high school JV or varsity basketball teams; had to have a minimum grade point average of 2.5; had to have completed 40 hours of active community service with the past year; had to have been involved in extracurricular activities; and had to submit a 250-word essay.
Top 10 finalists were Morgan Barnett of Ben Davis High School, Andrew Boyle of Mount Vernon High School, Miranda Dafoe of Lebanon High School, Priya Dave of Center Grove High School, Morgan Dillon of Western Boone High School, Elyse Dynlacht of Lawrence Central High School, Michelle Majeski of Mooresville High School, Stephanie Schneck of Martinsville High School, Ikenna Stovall of Lawrence North High School and Trenton Wright of Avon High School.
Finalists and guests received four tickets to the Pacers game vs. Oklahoma City where they will be recognized during an on-court ceremony at halftime of the game. They will also receive a finalist plaque and commemorative photo.