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Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Hebron's Drazer named Wells Scholar at IU

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Michael Drazer of Hebron, Ind., has been selected as a Wells Scholar at Indiana University, one of 20 entering freshmen so honored. He is considering a major in chemistry and biology at IU.

The Wells Scholarship, named in honor of Herman B Wells, the late university chancellor and former IU president, ranks among the most competitive and prestigious awards offered by any American university. Wells Scholars receive full tuition, fees and a living stipend for four years of undergraduate study on the IU Bloomington campus.

Drazer is the first Wells Scholar from Hebron High School. He was named a Hoosier Scholar and received a DAR Good Citizen Award and a Virginia Thrower Leader of the Future Award.

Active in 4-H for almost a decade, he competed on the Porter County Livestock Judging Team, which won second in the state for three years. He was named Reserve Champion at the Western National Livestock Judging Team Competition and was a national qualifier at the Eastern National Competition.

At Hebron, he captained the Academic Super Bowl Science Team, which placed third in the state. Treasurer and vice president of the National Honor Society, Drazer served as a three-year member of Student Council, a class representative, senior class treasurer, president of the Science Club and vice president of the Spanish Club. He was a delegate to Hoosier Boys State and to the 2004 Molecular Medicine in Action Student Symposium. Captain of the cross country team and a member of the track and basketball teams, Drazer earned awards for mental attitude in all three sports.

A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he served as eucharistic minister at his church and helped raise funds for a homeless shelter and a community scholarship. He has been selected to participate in the IU Department of Biology's Integrated Freshman Learning Experience.

The Wells Scholars program emphasizes close interaction with faculty, academic and career advising, opportunities for community service and contact with distinguished visitors. It offers special seminars, an optional year of study abroad and support for a summer research project or internship. Wells Scholars are members of the Honors College at IU, where they have the opportunity to apply for grants in support of research, teaching internships, professional experience, creative activity, conference travel and honors thesis work. They are selected for having demonstrated character, leadership and distinction, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Hometown information:

Michael Drazer is the son of John and Mary Faith Drazer, 936 S. 350 W., Hebron, Ind.