INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) - The first $50,000 grant from the Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation will go toward helping at-risk students during the summer.
The Foundation awarded Earl Martin Phalen as its first recipient in downtown Indianapolis Thursday night.
Phalen is the CEO and Founder of Summer Advantage USA, a program that uses the summer months to help students stay on track with their education as well as physical fitness.
Phalen was selected by retired chairman and CEO of Cummins Incorporated, Tim Solso.
Solso was awarded the Daniels Prize.
Daniels says it up to these two men to encourage leadership all across Indiana.
"They have said that they will invest time themselves, travel the state, trying to motivate people, particularly young people, to dream bigger and aim higher and keep on doing the things that put Indiana on the map," said Daniels.
Solso was selected by a jury made up of eight Indiana leaders, including retired Indiana Supreme Court chief justice Randall Shepard, former Indiana Pacer Clark Kellogg and Vera Bradley founder Pat Miller.
One student was in critical condition Friday after reports of a shooting at a high school in suburban Denver, hospital and state officials said.
An avionics technician from Kansas was arrested Friday as he planned to drive a vehicle full of explosives into a terminal at Wichita's Mid-Continent Regional Airport, authorities said.
A Chicago man who pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murder in the New Year's Day beating death in northwestern Indiana of his former wife shortly after their divorce has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.