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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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18 students selected as Wells Scholars at Indiana University

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Aug. 10, 2011

EDITORS: Links to photographs of each Wells Scholar are available with their biographical information below. The following links will take you directly to the student in your city.

Radhika Agarwal, Carmel, Ind.
Nandita Chittajallu, Indianapolis
Reece Clark, Noblesville, Ind.
Ian Clarke, Studio City, Calif.
Saleh ElHattab, Plainfield, Ind.
Casey Goodall, Wyoming, Ohio
David Gordon-Johnson, Cincinnati
Jonathan Hawkins, Charleston, Ill.
Nicholas Kolar, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Grant Manon, Kendallville, Ind.
Alicia Nieves, Munster, Ind.
Marjorie Richards, Bloomington, Ind.
Aaditya Shah, Munster, Ind.
Daniel Smedema, Indianapolis
Sandhya Sridhar, Memphis, Tenn.
Sarah TeKolste, Carmel, Ind.
Emma Winkler, Bloomington, Ind.
Allison Winstel, Cincinnati

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University announced today (Aug. 9) that 17 entering freshmen and one current IU junior will join the more than 460 others who have been named Wells Scholars since the first class enrolled in 1990.

The incoming class includes several students who are the first from their high schools to receive this prestigious award.

The scholarship, created 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 have gone on to win more than 60 national and international scholarships, fellowships and grants, such as the Rhodes, Truman, Marshall, Soros, Mitchell, Churchill, Gates Cambridge, Fulbright and Goldwater.

Today, many Wells Scholar alumni contribute to Indiana as residents, and others are studying or working throughout the country and overseas in medicine, business, education, law, the arts and other fields. There are Wells Scholars who hold senior positions in major corporations or who have started their own businesses. Some serve in government or as clergy. Others are engaged in relief and service efforts in the United States and abroad or are scholars and teachers at renowned educational institutions such as Yale, MIT, the University of Michigan and IU itself.

On his 90th birthday, Chancellor Wells was officially presented with the prestigious scholarship 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.

Incoming freshmen 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. Scholars may choose to spend up to one of those years studying abroad. Newly named recipients who are already students at IU receive tuition, fees and a stipend for their remaining undergraduate years. Wells Scholars hold named scholarships within the program that honor donors or those donors designate. All Scholars, however, receive the same level of support.

The Wells program also offers special seminars; support for a summer research or service project, creative activity or internship; and a wide range of extracurricular events and activities. The Wells program emphasizes close interaction with faculty, academic and career advising, opportunities for public service and contact with distinguished visitors.

Freshman Wells Scholars are nominated by their high schools or the IU Office of Admissions and selected for having demonstrated exceptional qualities of character, leadership and distinction both inside and outside of the classroom. Internal Wells Scholars are nominated by IU Bloomington faculty and selected for similar qualities.

The 18 new Wells Scholars, their hometowns and their high schools are:

For more information about the Wells Scholars Program, go to or call 812-855-9491.

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