Ivy Tech Community College celebrated its 60th Anniversary Gala with great pomp and splendor at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023. Among the honorees were 19 distinguished alumni and 18 benefactors, each of whom embodies the spirit of Ivy Tech's mission to transform lives through education.
Catrina Tate, an exemplary benefactor of Ivy Tech, has not only achieved remarkable success in her career but has also extended her hand to support Ivy Tech students through the creation of a scholarship.
Tate shared in a video during the 60th Anniversary Gala, “My support and generosity to Ivy Tech is to allow others the opportunity to be successful in their careers and their education environments. I am Ivy Tech, and I feel like it's my duty to truly support what Ivy Tech has given me and allow opportunities for others to sustain that.”
A graduate of Ivy Tech Indianapolis in 2012, Tate earned her associate degree in business administration, setting the stage for her remarkable journey. Her career began nearly 20 years ago at Everwise Credit Union (formerly known as Teacher's Credit Union), and she steadily climbed the ranks, showcasing her dedication and commitment. She has assumed various supervisory roles, including managing three locations as a branch manager and, today, serving as Everwise’s Vice President of Retail.
In addition to her impressive professional achievements, Tate is deeply involved in community service and advocacy. She co-chairs Everwise’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce, working tirelessly to foster a more inclusive and equitable environment within the credit union and the financial industry as a whole. Her commitment to making a difference extends to her role as first vice chair for the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana Board of Directors, where she plays a vital role in empowering young women to reach their full potential. Tate's dedication to mentorship is also evident through her past involvement with Habitat for Humanity.
All of her contributions have also been recognized by the CLD Minority Achievers Awards, where she was honored as the recipient of the 2021 David R. Sage Award.
Tate’s generosity and support will undoubtedly make a significant impact on the students of Ivy Tech, allowing them to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals. We are proud to have Tate as an exemplary benefactor and look forward to her continued support and advocacy for the College.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.