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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

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Inaugural Onward! Curtis R. Simic Scholars selected at IU Bloomington

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May 6, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Five Indiana University students have been chosen as the inaugural recipients of the Onward! Curtis R. Simic Scholarship for Leaders at IU Bloomington.

The $1.3 million endowed scholarship fund honors Curt Simic, president emeritus of the IU Foundation, for his years of commitment to IU and his lifelong focus on developing student leaders. Simic, who retired in September 2008, was an active student leader and president of the IU Student Foundation in his senior year at IU.

"I was able to graduate from Indiana University because of the George 'Dixie' Heighway Scholarship," Simic said. "If I hadn't had that scholarship and support, my life would have been very different. Having assistance and student leadership opportunities at IU was a life-transforming experience for me. I know these wonderful young people will, like me, be forever grateful for their Indiana University education."

"Without a doubt, these five bright, articulate, young leaders perfectly embody Curt's legacy," said Gene Tempel, president of the IU Foundation. "We are grateful to Curt for his many years of exemplary leadership, and we are appreciative of the IU Foundation Board of Directors, the IUF Board of Associates and the IUSF student advisory board, and many other donors for making this scholarship a reality."

The five award recipients -- recognized for their scholarship, leadership and commitment to constructive university engagement -- are:

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