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Last modified: Thursday, July 21, 2005

Indianapolis' Bennett named Kelley Scholar at Indiana University

JULY 21, 2005

NOTE: This release includes new information about Bennett's parents.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- William Bennett of Indianapolis has been named a Kelley Scholar at Indiana University Bloomington, where he will be a freshman this fall. He is a graduate of Perry Meridian High School.

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 that may cover internships and overseas study. The award is for four years and has an annual value of about $15,000.

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 gift.

Bennett was salutatorian of Perry Meridian High School and also was selected an Indianapolis Academic All-Star for 2005. He was president of the National Honor Society and earned a varsity letter in cross country. He plans to major in accounting, finance and Spanish.

He is the son of Susan and Frank Bennett and stepson of Andi Bennett. Susan Bennett resides on Emerald Court and Frank and Andi Bennett reside on Inisheer Court, all in Indianapolis.

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

Finalists were then invited to the IU Bloomington campus for a weekend of extensive interviews with faculty members. Each candidate submitted a writing sample, toured the campus and was a guest at a dinner. The winners were selected on the basis of their performances that weekend.