Meet Katelyn Goodpaster ’23, Earlham’s latest Lilly Scholar
April 16, 2019
Katelyn Goodpaster ’23 of New Castle, Indiana, fell in love with Earlham in a flash but her college search has lasted practically a lifetime.
“My parents have always emphasized the importance of going to college and I have been on more college visits than I can even remember,” Goodpaster says. “I didn’t actually step foot on Earlham’s campus until the summer before my senior year of high school, but instantly the environment took me in and pushed every other thought out of my mind. It’s so welcoming and diverse here. That isn’t something that was present on any other campus I had visited before.”
The latest member of Earlham’s Class of 2023 has a lot to show for her focus on her future. Earlier this year, Goodpaster, a soon-to-be graduate from New Castle High School, was awarded a prestigious Lilly Scholarship, a four-year, full-tuition scholarship supported by the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment, Inc. The scholarship also provides $900 per year for textbooks and equipment.
At New Castle High School, Goodpaster is a two-year member of the National Honor Society and is president of the Speech and Debate Team where she twice qualified for national competition. She also is involved with the school’s theatre program. Outside of school, she is a National Student Board Director for Next Generation Politics, a non-profit in support of non-partisan education of youth both in the United States and abroad. She also is a board member for a youth-serving grant board operated by the Henry County Community Foundation.
At Earlham, Goodpaster intends to major in Environmental Sustainability and be heavily involved in Miller Farm, the College’s experiential agriculture program. She is also intrigued by the many environmentally focused off-campus programs that Earlham offers, including Iceland and New Zealand.
“I’ve been so impressed by my conversations with students and faculty,” Goodpaster says. “I went in for a 30-minute conversation and we ended up talking for hours. The professors actually took the time to have an open conversation with me, not just about the program but also my own interests in sustainability. I sat around talking about composting like a nerd for like half an hour.”
Goodpaster’s credentials make her a strong fit for the Class of 2023, says Priscilla Alicea, vice president of enrollment management.
“Katelyn has an incredible thirst for knowledge and will join a group of students who share her passion for learning and scholarship,” Alicea says. “We are thrilled to have her on campus in the fall and look forward to seeing just how far her Earlham education will take her. We know she will do incredible things.”
Earning the Lilly Scholarship has been Goodpaster’s goal since she first learned about the scholarship at the age of eight from an article in the local newspaper.
“I really wasn’t sure how I was going to pay for college,” she says. “I applied in August and advanced through two rounds of interviews. Then two months later, my parents and some of the school staff members walked into my AP psychology class and just handed me this plaque.
“I lost my mind. It’s one of the most vivid memories of my high school experience.”
Now it’s Goodpaster’s turn to make headlines.
“One of the unique things that struck me about Earlham was just how eclectic it was,” she says. “Everyone walks with their own air of individuality. As I’ve been looking at the curriculum I’m going to study, especially with it being a liberal arts school, I’m getting to tailor my education to fit my needs. I’m not going to come out being the perfect ideal student who studies environmental sustainability. I’m going to be able to guide my own path so I really stand out in my career field.”
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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. We rank 7th nationally by Princeton Review for Best Classroom Experience and 22nd by U.S. News and World Report for commitment to undergraduate teaching.
Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at 765-983-1256 and firstname.lastname@example.org.