A native of Oklahoma, Ti’Sharon Thompson moved to Indiana to live with her aunt as a teenager. She discovered Indianapolis Metropolitan High School her junior year.
On a typical day, Ti’Sharon carries a full schedule at school, attends basketball practice, then goes to work – often arriving home late. She is also actively involved with her church.
“When I’m struggling to balance everything, I try to stay focused on why I’m doing it,” said Ti’Sharon, who plans to major in biochemistry next year. “I know I have a future ahead of me, and it’s all just part of the daily push of getting through high school to get to college.”
An accomplished student, her teachers quickly recognized her work ethic and natural abilities.
“Ti’Sharon really excelled in my chemistry class,” said Eric Sprague, teacher at Indianapolis Met. “She was a great student leader.”
With guidance from the leadership team at the school, Ti’Sharon was awarded a Lilly Endowment Scholarship, which will pay her full tuition for four years at Indiana University, plus an additional $900 per year for books and supplies.
“Many students have to work while they go to college, but the scholarship allows me to focus on school,” said Ti’Sharon.
“We know our students very well,” said Christina Lear, Indianapolis Met’s Assistant Principal. “We know their academic profiles, their goals, and what motivates them, so when an opportunity comes up, we can target the right students and guide them in the application process.”
Ti’Sharon will be the first person in her family to attend college. Inspired by her twin nephews, born at low birth weights, she plans to become a pediatrician.
“I consistently choose to do better and challenge myself,” said Ti’Sharon. “I’m going to miss high school, but I’m ready to experience the next stage of life.”
Ti’Sharon encourages other students seeking a college- and career-focused high school experience to consider Indianapolis Metropolitan.
“Indy Met is open to everyone,” she said. “Stay focused and try your best, and Indy Met will help you be successful.”