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Last modified: Wednesday, July 31, 2002

West Lafayette's McAninch named Kelley Scholar at Indiana University

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Nathan McAninch of West Lafayette, Ind., a graduate of William H. Harrison 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 $12,000.

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, McAninch was an active member of the National Honor Society, the Varsity Quiz Bowl Team, and the marching, pep and jazz bands. He was named a National Merit Scholar semi-finalist and the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award, the Woody Herman Jazz Award and the Band Excellence Award. He was selected to the All-State Marching Band. He will continue his education at IU this fall.

Hometown information: Nathan McAninch is the son of Connie Landers and Steve McAninch of West Lafayette, Ind.