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Last modified: Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Knoxville's Hahn named Wells Scholar at IU

Aug. 10, 2006

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Andrew Hahn from Knoxville, Tenn., has been selected as a Wells Scholar at Indiana University, one of 19 entering freshmen so honored. He will this fall join more than 320 others who have been named Wells Scholars since 1990.

The scholarship, named in honor of the late IU Chancellor Herman B Wells, ranks among the most competitive and prestigious awards offered by any American university. Since its inception, more than two dozen Wells Scholars have gone on to earn prestigious Rhodes, Truman, Marshall, Soros, Mitchell, Churchill, Fulbright and Goldwater scholarships for advanced study.

An AP Scholar, Hahn is the first Wells Scholar from Bearden High School, where he graduated as salutatorian and received the Bulldog Award for receiving the highest scores in social studies for four years. He is a recipient of the Nucleus Knoxville Leadership Scholarship and was selected by Panasonic for its cultural exchange program in Japan.

He won recognition as Best Lawyer in district Mock Trial competition, served as president of the Teenage Political Enthusiasts club and interned with the Knox County General Sessions court clerk. Hahn served as the first editor and producer of Bearden's video news broadcast, as editor of its annual video yearbook and as assistant editor-in-chief of its newspaper. He helped lead his class as a member of the senior committee and was a member of Students Mentoring Another Class.

Hahn also was a member of National Honor Society, which he served as chapter vice president, and the math honor society Mu Alpha Theta. A delegate to Tennessee Boys State, he was elected to its supreme court. A member of Key Club, he also volunteered with Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic; and he was active in his church and its youth group, participating in a mission trip to the Dominican Republic and serving on the pastor nominating committee. He plans to major in political science.

Many previous Wells Scholars today contribute to Indiana as residents who are attorneys, doctors, school teachers and business people, and even an ordained minister. Others have gone on to clerk for Indiana and U.S. Supreme Court justices, are engaged in international relief and service efforts and are scholars at other renowned educational institutions such as Harvard Business School and Cornell Law School. There are Wells Scholars currently serving in the Armed Forces and other positions in government.

To honor Wells, IU created the Wells Scholars Program, which began with fund-raising efforts in 1988 and the appointment of Professor Breon Mitchell as its founding director. In 1990, IU welcomed its first class of Wells Scholars and on June 7, 1992, Wells' 90th birthday, he was officially presented with the Wells Scholars Program, as a gift from his many friends and admirers. After his death in the spring of 2000, this community of talented and dedicated young scholars remains as a permanent legacy of his educational vision.

Wells Scholars receive full tuition and course-related fees, as well as a living stipend for four years of undergraduate study on the Bloomington campus of IU. The program also offers special seminars, an optional year of study abroad, and support for a summer research project or internship. The Wells program emphasizes close interaction with faculty, academic and career advising, opportunities for community service, and contact with distinguished visitors.

Wells Scholars are selected for having demonstrated exceptional qualities of character and leadership and distinction both inside and outside of the classroom.