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Last modified: Monday, August 15, 2005

Indiana University selects 20 top students as Wells Scholars

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
AUG. 15, 2005

EDITORS: Publication-quality photos of the Wells Scholars are available online at http://newsinfo.iu.edu/cat/page/normal/339.html. Separate news releases have also been prepared for each Wells Scholar. Contact George Vlahakis at 812-855-0846 or gvlahaki@indiana.edu if you need individual information about someone from your circulation area.

Adam Herbert

Adam W. Herbert

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University President Adam W. Herbert announced today (Aug. 15) that 19 entering freshmen and one current IU student will this fall join more than 300 others who have been named Wells Scholars.

The 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. Since its inception in 1990, more than two dozen Wells Scholars have gone on to earn prestigious Rhodes, Truman, Marshall, Soros, Mitchell, Churchill, Fulbright and Goldwater scholarships for advanced study.

Many previous Wells Scholars today contribute to Indiana as residents who are attorneys, doctors, school teachers and business people and even an ordained minister. Others have gone on to clerk for Indiana and U.S. Supreme Court justices, are engaged in international relief and service efforts, and are scholars at other renowned educational institutions such as Harvard Business School and Cornell Law School. There are Wells Scholars currently serving in the Armed Forces and other positions in government.

"This program has a spectacular track record for developing future leaders who reflect the example and vision of former IU Chancellor Herman B Wells," Herbert said. "Its impact is reflected in the achievements of past Wells Scholars who have remained in and contributed to the Hoosier state, and by those who represent the university and our state with great distinction both nationally and throughout the world. Since its establishment 16 years ago, IU also has used the Wells Scholars program as a model for other scholarship programs that enable IU to attract to our campuses more of the best students in the state and nation."

To honor Wells, IU created the Wells Scholars Program, which began with fund-raising efforts in 1988 and the appointment of Professor Breon Mitchell as its founding director. In 1990, IU welcomed its first class of Wells Scholars and on June 7, 1992, Wells' 90th birthday, he was officially presented with the Wells Scholars Program, as a gift from his many friends and admirers. After his death in the spring of 2000, this community of talented and dedicated young scholars remains as a permanent legacy of his educational vision.

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

The incoming freshman Wells Scholars are:

-- Seth Bowers, Elkhart, Ind.
-- Rebecca Burns, Reading, Mass.
-- Alexander Willey Cohen, West Lafayette, Ind.
-- Lisa Dunk, San Antonio, Texas
-- Rebecca Edmonds, Bloomington, Ind.
-- John Greco, Fort Wayne, Ind.
-- Carolyn Homer, Fishers, Ind.
-- A. Nancy Kazarinova, Glencoe, Ill.
-- Nickolas Krabbenhoeft, Columbus, Ind.
-- Janice Lin, Indianapolis
-- Tony Ljuldjuraj, Greenfield, Ind.
-- Krystal Lowe, Gary, Ind.
-- Tara Maloney, Floyds Knobs, Ind.
-- David Pavkovich, Munster, Ind.
-- Rohini Michelle Sarin, Carmel, Ind.
-- Abigail Schwimmer, Germantown, Tenn.
-- Neil Shah, Fort Wayne, Ind.
-- Sarah Taylor, Newnan, Ga.
-- Yun William Yu, Huntingburg, Ind.

The new Wells Scholar who currently is an IU student is Jason R. Bell, a senior from Indianapolis.

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

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