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Last modified: Thursday, July 29, 2004

Indianapolis' Eble, Parmer and Schreiber named Wells Scholars at IU

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Three students from Indianapolis have been selected as Wells Scholars at Indiana University. M. Faye Parmer and Anke Schreiber, both Lawrence North High School graduates, are two of 20 incoming freshmen so honored. Alexander Eble, an IU Bloomington senior, also was selected.

The Wells Scholarship, named in honor of the late IU Chancellor Herman B Wells, ranks among the most competitive and prestigious awards offered by any American university. Parmer and Schreiber will receive full tuition, fees and a living stipend for four years of study on the IU Bloomington campus. Eble will receive full tuition, fees and a living stipend for one year of undergraduate study.

The Wells Scholars program offers special seminars, an optional year of study abroad and support for a summer research project or internship. It also emphasizes close interaction with faculty, academic and career advising, opportunities for community service and contact with distinguished visitors. 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.

Below is more information on the students:

Alexander Eble

Eble, a senior at IU, is completing majors in economics and East Asian languages and cultures, and minors in mathematics and physics. With the support of the National Security Education Program's David L. Boren Scholarship, Eble spent his junior year in Beijing, where he studied Mandarin in an intensive language program. Dedicated to recognizing and reversing the causes of poverty in Asia, Eble spent part of his year in China helping a village in Yunnan to improve basic living conditions and develop eco-tourism.

At IU, he has been honored with several scholarships and awards, including the Moffat Scholarship for Achievement in Economics, the Uehara Prize for Excellence in East Asian Studies, the Della J. Evans Scholarship, the Abel Scholarship and the Palmer-Brandon Award.

He has been a peer instructor for an IU freshman interest group seminar, "America and the World Beyond," which he will teach again this fall, and a Department of Economics teaching intern. He has been active in the Indiana Public Interest Research Group, served on the Honors College student advisory board and was selected for the Mortar Board Senior Honors Society. He also has volunteered for The Economist Group.

A graduate of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis, Eble was a National Merit Finalist and an AP Scholar with Distinction.

Hometown information:

Alexander Eble is the son of Mark Eble, 9093 Sweet Bay Court, Indianapolis, and Anna Mullen, 1157 Aqueduct Way, Indianapolis.

M. Faye Parmer

Parmer plans to major in Spanish, biology and environmental science at IU. She has been selected to participate in the IU Science and Technology Research Scholars Program.

At Lawrence North High School she was a National Merit Finalist, a National AP Scholar and a Hoosier Scholar. She also was the recipient of a Wellesley College Book Award.

Parmer, an accomplished musician, was a member of the marching band -- which she led as drum major her senior year -- the concert band, the pep band and the jazz band. She earned silver and gold medal honors at district and state level competitions for solo performance and was twice selected for the Butler All-Star Band.

A member of the National Forensics League, she earned bronze and silver seals. She has been a member of the Lawrence North Tennis Team, participated in the National Young Leaders Conference and volunteered at the Indiana State Museum and the Indianapolis Zoo.

Parmer also was a member of the Tri-Hi-Y Service Club. Her concern for others was recognized with a scholarship that enabled her to participate in the Ambassadors for Children mission to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana.

Hometown information:

M. Faye Parmer is the daughter of Ann Smolinske and Jan Parmer, 10125 Meadowlark Drive, Indianapolis.

Anke Schreiber

Born and raised in Germany until she moved with her family to the United States at age 7, Schreiber plans to major in international studies and French at IU in preparation for law school.

Schreiber earned first place in the state and fourth place in the nation on the National French Exam. A member of her school's French Club -- which she served as vice president during her senior year -- she studied in France the summer following her junior year through the IU Honors Program in Foreign Languages for High School Students.

An accomplished French horn player, Schreiber was selected for the Indiana All-State Band her sophomore year, the all-state honor band her junior and senior years and the all-state orchestra her senior year.

She performed with her school's marching band, which won the championship in the National Bands of America Competition her sophomore year, won the state championship her freshman year and placed second the following two years. She also performed with the symphony orchestra, which won the state championship her junior year, and with a wind ensemble, which was named state champion her sophomore year. She performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Side-by-Side, serving as principal her junior year, and with the New World Youth Symphony Orchestra for two years.

Hometown information:

Anke Schreiber is the daughter of Joerg and Annemarie Schreiber, 12340 Old Stone Drive, Indianapolis.