University of Indianapolis partners with Starfish for 'The Incredible Journey to College'

University of Indianapolis partners with Starfish for 'The Incredible Journey to College'

About 300 participants will compete in Starfish Initiative’s fourth annual Incredible Journey to College, a corporate challenge scavenger hunt that will result in college tuition dollars for Starfish Scholars. The event will be from 9 am - noon on Saturday, April 14 at the University of Indianapolis, a partner and sponsor of Starfish Initiative. 


Corporate teams of six to eight will be matched with a Starfish Mentor and their high school-aged mentee. They’ll go head to head in a race across campus, searching for scavenger hunt items and completing challenges using Instagram. Each corporate team will be competing to win tuition funds for their designated Starfish Scholar. 


Starfish Scholars are academically promising, economically disadvantaged Indianapolis high school students who have set their sights on college. First-, second-, and third-place teams will all receive money for their Scholar’s college expenses, and of course, bragging rights for their company. One hundred percent of proceeds raised from this event go toward helping Starfish support additional students in the program.


“The Incredible Journey to College event allows us to connect with corporate partners who value education and stand behind organizations like ours,” said Robin Elmerick, Vice President of Starfish Initiative. “It also provides our current supporters a chance to come together for some friendly competition, and leave with a deeper connection to the organization and those we serve.”


Elmerick said the event also serves as “a truly unique and exciting way for our Scholars who participate to be exposed to a college campus and network with area professionals.”


Companies participating in the event include CNO Financial Group, Fifth Third Bank, IU Health, Community Health Network, Dow AgroSciences, Eli Lilly and Company, Cummins and more. 


Starfish Initiative inspires, encourages, and prepares promising, economically disadvantaged students for college and career success. To achieve this goal, Starfish pairs the scholars in their program one-on-one with college-educated volunteer mentors.