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Last modified: Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Indiana University selects 21 top students as Wells Scholars

EDITORS: An individual news release has been prepared for each Wells Scholar. These releases are available from the IU Office of Media Relations. Photos are available at

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University has selected 20 entering freshmen and one current IU student as Wells Scholars for the upcoming academic year. The scholarship ranks among the most competitive and prestigious awards offered by any American university.

Wells Scholars who are incoming freshmen receive full tuition and fees, as well as a living stipend for four years of study on the IU Bloomington campus. Those who are already at IU receive tuition, fees and a living stipend for the balance of their education at the university.

The scholarship is named in honor of Herman B Wells (1902-2000), the late university chancellor and former IU president. Wells devoted his extraordinary life to IU. He came to IU as an undergraduate, returned as a faculty member and then served as a dean before becoming president of the university for a quarter century. Wells remained the university's chancellor until his death.

The new freshman Wells Scholars are:

Manasee Atre, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Anna Brier, Birdseye, Ind.
Peter Chen, Naperville, Ill.
Jagsimrat Dhillon, Seaside, Calif.
Michael Drazer, Hebron, Ind.
Timothy Eich, Hobart, Ind.
Kate FitzGerald, Carmel, Ind.
Janet Hamilton, Zionsville, Ind.
John Hegde, Carmel, Ind.
Bradley Jones, Olathe, Kan.
Sibo Lin, Evansville, Ind.
Brett Norris, Westville, Ind.
Joseph Pacold, Elmhurst, Ill.
M. Faye Parmer, Indianapolis
Thomas Pottanat, Newburgh, Ind.
Megan Robb, Memphis, Tenn.
Joshua Sanders, South Bend, Ind.
Anke Schreiber, Indianapolis
Jenna Sherry, New Orleans, La.
Arri Simon, Wichita, Kan.

One new Wells Scholar, Alexander Eble of Indianapolis, already is an IU student.

The Wells Scholar program offers special seminars, an optional year of study abroad and support for a summer research project or internship. Examples of past individual Wells Scholar experiences include serving with Outreach Kenya Development Volunteers to provide AIDS education and build a public library in western Kenya, conducting research at the National Institutes of Health, performing in the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop, and interning at the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the Canadian Parliament and the U.S. Supreme Court.

The program emphasizes close interaction with faculty, academic and career advising, opportunities for community service and contact with distinguished visitors. Wells Scholars also are members of the IU Honors College, 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.

Wells Scholars are selected for having demonstrated character, leadership and distinction, both inside and outside of the classroom.