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Last modified: Thursday, August 15, 2002

South Bend's Dickerson selected as Wells Scholar at Indiana University

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Kathryn Dickerson of South Bend, Ind., an incoming freshman at Indiana University, has been selected by the university as a Wells Scholar. 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.

Wells Scholars receive full tuition, fees and a living stipend for four years of study on the IU Bloomington campus. The program also offers special seminars, an optional year of study abroad and support for a summer research project or internship. The 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 character, leadership and distinction, both inside and outside of the classroom.

A Hoosier Scholar and Presidential Scholar finalist, Dickerson graduated from John Adams High School. She was a Hoosier Girls State delegate and was the recipient of the Conservation Internationals Award in Biodiversity Conservation Science. She won first place at the Northern Indiana Regional Science Fair and first place in the senior division of the Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

An accomplished musician, Dickerson has studied violin since age four and has served as concertmistress of her school's orchestra. She was a member of the John Adams Honors Quartet, and over the past eight years she has received top ratings in the Indiana state music competition.

She was chosen as a finalist from her school for the National Scholastic Art Competition for her work in ceramics. A four-year member of the Junior Civitan, she served as president her junior and senior years. She was a four-year varsity member of the swim team and the track and field team, and served as captain of the track team her senior year. She was also a varsity member of the soccer team her senior year, and she was a founding member of her school's Student Athletic Advisory Board.

Dickerson plans to major in biochemistry.

Hometown information: Kathryn Dickerson is the daughter of Dave and Mary Dickerson, 1913 E. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend, Ind.