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Last modified: Thursday, March 4, 2010

2009 Herbert Presidential Scholars freshmen honored

March 4, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University President Michael McRobbie honored the 2009 freshman class of the Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholars at a reception and dinner at Indiana University Memorial Union's Alumni Hall on Jan. 29, 2010.

2009 Herbert Presidential Scholars

2009 Herbert Presidential Scholars

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The Presidential Scholars program, now in its fifth year, was named in honor of IU President Emeritus Adam W. Herbert, who initiated the program in 2005. Funded by a $10 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., the program has the goal of placing more of Indiana's top academic achieving high school students on the IU campuses, with hopes that after graduation, these students will continue to live in Indiana. Each scholar received a renewable scholarship for four years, plus a new laptop computer.

The evening began with a reception, featuring the honorees and their families, as well as IU Trustee Sue Talbot, various chancellors and vice presidents from the IU Bloomington and regional campuses, and other IU dignitaries. Master of ceremony Edwardo Rhodes, associate vice president for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs, began the evening with welcoming remarks and introduced President Michael McRobbie.

Herbert Presidential Scholars are selected based on class rank, grade-point average, SAT I and ACT scores and strength of high school curriculum. Also considered are each student's record of activities and leadership positions, record of community service, personal statement, and recommendation from a high school teacher, guidance counselor or community member. In addition, the student must be an Indiana resident and preference is given to National Merit Scholarship qualifiers.

This fall, 71 Herbert Presidential Scholars attended seven Indiana University campuses. They are:

Bloomington Campus

  • Alexandra Acosta, Hobart
  • Ana-Christina Acosta Gaspar de Alba, Greenwood
  • Andre Anderson, Indianapolis
  • Philip Asamoah, Fortville
  • Shirin Baradaran, Granger
  • Kyle Barker, Indianapolis
  • William Berry, Fishers
  • Matthew Bilik, Granger
  • Andrew Brougher, Columbus
  • Lauren Brown, Indianapolis
  • Lauren Buchanan, Indianapolis
  • Kathryn Burkert, Indianapolis
  • Carolyn Chang, Granger
  • Matthew Colin, Carmel
  • Anna Connors, Bloomington
  • Ashley Dillon, Zionsville
  • Ashleigh Dyer, Carmel
  • Regan Ferrell, Fort Wayne
  • Giavanna Galloway, Indianapolis
  • Rachel Geissler, South Bend
  • Bertram Graves, Zionsville
  • Kent Griffith, Mooreland
  • Sarah Hager, Columbus
  • Mitchell Hanak, Munster
  • Daniel Herrick, Columbus
  • Nicolas Hidalgo, Indianapolis
  • Katherine Horn, Indianapolis
  • Samuel Ibarra, Indianapolis
  • Miles Johnson, Indianapolis
  • Natasha Kidwell, Mooresville
  • Kim Sang Woo, Bloomington
  • Katherine Kraft, Granger
  • Lauren Lilly, Monticello
  • Hanna Lohmeyer, New Albany
  • Benjamin Lumsdaine, Bloomington
  • Caroline Luu, Carmel
  • Douglas Martindale, South Bend
  • Jacalyn McQueen, McCordsville
  • Peter Meyer, Indianapolis
  • Juan Pagan, Fishers
  • Taneesha Parker, Greendale
  • Daniel Perry, Indianapolis
  • James Rizkalla, Carmel
  • Christine Rubeiz, Carmel
  • Alex Sabol, West Lafayette
  • Andrew Spillman, Indianapolis
  • Tyler Stanage, Elkhart
  • Erik Stegemiller, Indianapolis
  • Taylor Tobin, Liberty
  • Matthew Turner, Indianapolis
  • Matthew Vukas, Carmel
  • Kaitlyn Walker, Mooresville
  • Ariel Youghbor, Noblesville
  • Fleetwood Young, Valparaiso

IUPUI Campus

  • Kimberly Adams, Fort Wayne
  • Stephanie Borchelt, Nineveh
  • Justin Bush, Greenfield
  • Donald Capouch, Wheatfield
  • Drew Ciszar, Rensselaer
  • Rachel Hopf, Evansville
  • Stacey Lichtle, Fishers
  • Daniel Murphy, Indianapolis
  • Sara Sears, Indianapolis
  • Kristyn Seibert, Evansville
  • Sarah Smith, Fort Wayne

IU East campus

  • Victoria Hicks, Lynn

IU Kokomo campus

  • Andrew Jones, Peru

IU Northwest campus

  • Nicole Grabos, Hobart

IU South Bend campus

  • Maribel Navarrete, South Bend
  • Leah Meyer, Goshen

IU Southeast campus

  • Elizabeth Bloom, New Albany