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Last modified: Thursday, August 15, 2002

Bloomington's Stevenson selected as Wells Scholar at Indiana University

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Kari Stevenson of Bloomington, 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.

Stevenson graduated from Bloomington High School South, where she earned distinction as the managing editor of her school newspaper, The Optimist, which has won top ratings at national conventions. She also placed second in advanced news writing at the IU High School Journalism Media Merit-thon, and she was voted most valuable staff member of The Optimist.

She was selected as a delegate to the National Youth Advocate Program and was a member of the state champion English Academic team. She was a member of the Creative Writing Forum. In the spring of her junior year, she honed her French skills as an exchange student to Le Mans, France.

Stevenson has been an active member of her community and school theatre productions, working as an actor and technician. She served as a class officer and was a member of Student Council. She won various awards as a member of the speech team, was a Panther Regiment color guard member and was a member of the hand bell choir at her church.

She intends to major in French and international studies.

Hometown information: Kari Stevenson is the daughter of Ron and Sheila Stevenson, 1817 Kensington Pl., Bloomington, Ind.