Last modified: Thursday, July 29, 2004
Memphis' Robb named Wells Scholar at IU
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Megan Robb of Memphis, Tenn., has been selected as a Wells Scholar at Indiana University, one of 20 entering freshmen so honored. Robb plans to major in comparative literature and India studies at IU.
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. Wells Scholars receive full tuition, fees and a living stipend for four years of undergraduate study on the IU Bloomington campus.
A National Merit Finalist, Robb is a graduate of White Station High School, where she received the Rush W. Siler Outstanding Student Award, a Yale Book Award and several writing honors, including the Hollins Creative Writing Award.
She won the Sieman's American History Innovation Award, second place in the Grandmother Earth International Poetry Contest, gold and silver medals in the National Latin Exam and two first-place awards at the Tennessee State History Fair. She was a Tennessee Governor's School for the Humanities Scholar.
At White Station, Robb pursued her interest in writing as a staff member and editor of her school's literary magazine and as a reporter and editorial editor of the school newspaper. She captained the Mock Trial Team, participated in Model United Nations, was a delegate to Tennessee Girls State and ran varsity cross country. She held leadership positions in Student Council for four years, serving as president her senior year. Through the council she established a tutoring cooperative between her school and Hollywood Elementary School. She received community service awards from the National Junior Classical League and the Southern Association of Student Councils; and she was selected as a Prudential Spirit of Community finalist.
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.
Megan Robb is the daughter of Mike and Debbie Robb, 4246 Long Leaf Drive, Memphis, Tenn.