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Last modified: Wednesday, April 24, 2002

IU selects recipients of scholarships honoring Won-Joon Yoon

Indiana University has selected the newest recipients of the Won-Joon Yoon Memorial Scholarship and will honor them and three other students at a reception on Friday (April 26).

The new scholarship was established in 1999 by IU President Myles Brand to honor the memory of Won-Joon Yoon, an IU graduate student from Korea who was shot and killed in Bloomington during a two-state shooting spree by a white supremacist in July of that year. Two recipients this year will receive $1,500 scholarships.

"The tragic events of the 1999 Fourth of July weekend renewed our determination to ensure that diversity, civility and inclusiveness are known far and wide as the bedrock values of Indiana University. As a way of giving form to that resolve, this memorial scholarship was established to provide financial support for IU Bloomington students to honor the memory of Won-Joon Yoon," Brand said.

Sheila Lalwani, a senior from Mishawaka, Ind., majoring in journalism, and Shaila Danielle Mulholland, a graduate student in education from Indianapolis, Ind., are the latest recipients of the Won-Joon Yoon Memorial Scholarship. Honorable mention certificates also will be awarded to Jean Buckel, a junior from Indianapolis; John Montgomery, a senior from Indianapolis; and Carla Shirley, a doctoral student from Bloomington who is originally from Mississippi.

The presentations will be made at a reception hosted by Brand in the Distinguished Alumni Room of the Indiana Memorial Union beginning at 5 p.m.

The Yoon Scholarship recognizes IU students who have exemplified tolerance and understanding across racial and religious lines through service, personal commitment, academic achievement and future potential.

Lalwani, an honors student in journalism, has pursued a greater understanding of minority and international student issues through her work at IU's student newspaper, the Indiana Daily Student, and other media organizations for which she has interned. She was a Dow Jones Minority Business Reporting intern at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and was honored by the Scripps Howard Foundation in 2001 as its "most valuable staffer." She also has written for the Chicago Tribune, the Elkhart Truth and the South Bend Tribune and interned at WTHI-TV in Terre Haute, Ind.

Mulholland, who earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology from IU in 2001, works in the Office of Student Ethics and Anti-Harassment Programs while pursuing her graduate degree in education. She assists the Commission on Multicultural Affairs and is a member of IU's Racial Incidents Team.

As an IU undergraduate student, Mulholland worked as a community educator in the residence halls and created programs that dealt with race, religion, gender, national identity and sexuality. She developed a five-week series highlighting the world's major faith traditions called Common Quest, which continues to give students the opportunity to further their understanding of others' beliefs. She also has been active in the campus' Conversations on Race series.