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Last modified: Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Lisle's Kumar named Kelley Scholar at Indiana University

Editors: Publication-quality photos of all the Kelley Scholars are available online at http://www.iuinfo.indiana.edu/avmedia/kelleyscholars

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Sapna Kumar of Lisle, Ill., a graduate of Lisle High School, has been named a Kelley Scholar at Indiana University Bloomington.

The Kelley Scholarship honors the best undergraduate students entering IU to study business. Kelley Scholars receive tuition and fees, a stipend for living expenses, and other funding, which may include funding for internships and overseas study. The award is for four years and has an annual value of more than $22,000.

The Kelley Scholars Program is funded by a $23 million gift from E.W. Kelley and his family, made to IU in the fall of 1997. The university named its School of Business for the Kelley family in acknowledgement of the extent of the gift.

The Kelley Scholars were selected from a group of 120 students who had been accepted to IU and were invited to apply for the Kelley program because of their outstanding records. Applications included references, high school transcripts and several personal statements on a variety of topics, including an essay.

Twenty-four finalists were invited to the IU Bloomington campus Feb. 23-24. The weekend included extensive interviews with faculty members, submission by each candidate of a writing sample, campus tours and a dinner. The winners were selected on the basis of their performance that weekend.

While in high school, Kumar was editor of the school newspaper, cheerleading captain, a Key Club representative, and an active member of the tennis and math teams. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society and a recipient of the Quill and Scroll Journalism award. She will continue her education at IU this fall.

Hometown information: Sapna Kumar is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sumathi Kumar, 4407 Hatch Lane, Lisle, Ill.