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Last modified: Thursday, June 16, 2011

2011-12 Cox Scholars announced for Indiana University Bloomington

June 16, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Jesse and Beulah Cox Scholarships have been awarded to 63 first-year and returning students at Indiana University Bloomington, including the first recipients of Cox Engagement, Access and Exploratory scholarships, new awards that were created this year.

The program, created with $92 million in gifts to the university from the late Jesse H. Cox and Beulah Chanley Cox of Indianapolis, provide opportunities for hard-working students to meet the full cost of attending IU through a combination of scholarships and part-time jobs or service activities.

Jesse and Beulah Cox

Jesse and Beulah Cox

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The scholarships are awarded to Indiana residents who are academically strong and have demonstrated financial need. They provide up to 75 percent of the cost of attending IU Bloomington, with students expected to earn the additional 25 percent through work or service.

"The addition of Cox Engagement, Access and Exploratory Scholarships will enable the extraordinary generosity of Jesse and Beulah Cox to touch even more IU Bloomington students," said IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Karen Hanson. "Along with the continued Cox Legacy and Research Scholarships, these awards will put an Indiana University education within reach of gifted students who might otherwise have struggled to pay for college. We are delighted to recognize these 63 exceptionally talented, dedicated, and hard-working students."

"The legacy that Jesse and Beulah Cox have created at Indiana University through their vision for student scholarships is truly extraordinary," added Sarah Booher, director of the IU Bloomington Office of Scholarships. "This fall 63 additional students will benefit from their generosity, making their dream of attending IU a reality without worry of financial hardship."

IU Bloomington this year awarded 10 Cox Engagement Scholarships, 10 Cox Exploratory Scholarships, one Cox Access Scholarship, 15 Cox Legacy Scholarships and 27 Cox Research Scholarships. The scholarships are renewable for up to three years for current students and for up to four years for incoming students. To qualify, students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or better.

The 2011-12 Cox Scholars include:

  • Cox Access Scholar: Melissa Hunsberger, Bloomington, senior
  • Cox Engagement Scholars (all incoming freshmen): Brooke Bedel, Batesville; Alexea Candreva, Crown Point; Mary Carpenter, Crown Point; Mary Fuchs, Mishawaka; Wanda Krieger, Carmel; Benjamin Lindsey, Vincennes; Katelyn Mathis, Ellettsville; Terrin Thomas, Auburn; Brandy Warriner, Hope; Mackenzie Wright, Wabash
  • Cox Exploratory Scholars (all incoming freshmen): Isaac Ackerman, Bloomington; Shaelin Adams, Shoals; Rachel Frazer, Terre Haute; Brandon Marcum Gilmore, Bloomington; Allison McSorley, South Bend; Dustin Quarles, Hammond; Sinikka Roinila, Mishawaka; Adrienne Wagner, Indianapolis; Olivia Williamson, Avon; Sarah Yucatonis, Terre Haute
  • Cox Legacy Scholars: Clayton Brown, Evansville, junior; Benjamin Calvin, Bloomington, senior; Marquez Carlisle, Indianapolis, junior; Joshua Flick, Springville, freshman; Winter Kirk, Indianapolis, junior; Rachel Krupski, Noblesville, sophomore; Nicholas Lashmet, Indianapolis, freshman; Jethro McConnell, Fort Wayne, junior; Joseph Muessig, Loogootee, senior; Kathleen O'Hara, Indianapolis, freshman; Evan Pendygraft, Jeffersonville, senior; Joshua Quimby, Bloomington, senior; Cody Robinson, South Bend, freshman; Katherine Waggoner, Bloomington, junior; Juliet Barrett, Elkhart, sophomore
  • Cox Research Scholars (all incoming freshmen): Amyra Asamoah, Fortville; Lea Beneish, Bloomington; Thomas Boettcher, Evansville; Grant Callen, Avon; Miranda Caudell, Seymour; Michelle Chung, Munster; Elizabeth Clerkin, Columbus; Alexander Dennis, Bloomington; Alexander Elias, Yorktown; Shelby Gullion, Muncie; Christian Hayes, Kokomo; Sachin Jain, Fort Wayne; Prathik Kini, Fishers; Leslie Lundewall, Hobart; Ariel Magallon, Highland; Jeremy Meadows, Warsaw; Shaye Mentzer, Auburn; Emily Metallic, Brownsburg; Nicholas Petruzzi, Fishers; Jenna Pinkston, Fishers; Brooks Platt, Munster; Andjela Radmilovic, Munster; Samir Reddigari, Indianapolis; Andrew Thiery, Goshen; Timothy Vazquez, Carmel; Daniel Wavle, Floyds Knobs; and David Wong, Bloomington.

Cox Legacy Scholarships, now in their seventh year, go to students who balance school and work in pursuit of their degrees, as Jesse Cox did when he attended IU in the 1930s. Cox Research Scholarships are awarded to exemplary students who work under the direction of a faculty mentor on research and scholarly activities.

Cox Engagement Scholars receive a stipend for successful participation as Advocates for Community Engagement, working with a community agency to help coordinate volunteers and service-learning. Cox Exploratory Scholars are exploring a number of prospective majors; they earn a stipend through participation in positions designed to enhance their knowledge of campus opportunities. Cox Access Scholars are returning students who have been out of school for at least five years.

In addition to financial support, the Cox Scholars programs enable students to form cohesive groups focused on mutual support. Scholars take part in special programming to reinforce the Cox legacy, such as a spring service day at Coxhall Gardens in Hamilton County, Ind., and opportunities to hear and understand the life stories and accomplishments of Jesse and Beulah Cox.

Jesse Cox and Beulah Cox started J.H. Cox Manufacturing Co., a wholesale venetian blind company. They then purchased a small bankrupt company and started the Aero Blind and Drapery Co., which they turned into the leading window treatment company in the upper Midwest. They also developed businesses in agriculture and commercial real estate in Monroe, Boone, Hamilton and Putnam counties. Beulah Cox died in 1999 and Jesse Cox died in 2008.

For answers to questions regarding the Cox Scholarship programs at IU Bloomington, contact the Office of Scholarships at 812-855-5779 or

For information about the Cox Scholars at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, contact the campus's Office of Student Scholarships at 317-274-5516 or