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Thursday, October 25, 2012

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2012-13 Cox Scholars announced for Indiana University Bloomington

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Oct. 25, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Jesse and Beulah Cox Scholarships have been awarded to 49 first-year and returning students at Indiana University Bloomington.

The program, created with $92 million in gifts to the university from the late Jesse H. Cox and Beulah Chanley Cox of Indianapolis, provide opportunities for hard-working students to meet the full cost of attending IU through a combination of scholarships and part-time jobs or service activities. With five scholarship programs bearing the Cox name, it is the largest IU scholarship program on the Bloomington Campus.

The scholarships are awarded to Indiana residents who are academically strong and have a demonstrated financial need. They provide up to 75 percent of the cost of attending IU Bloomington, with students expected to earn the additional 25 percent through work or service.

"The Cox Legacy provides hard-working Indiana residents who are motivated, resourceful and committed to academic success with an opportunity to develop their competencies and achieve their full potential," said IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Roebel. "We are delighted to recognize these 49 gifted students who have already exhibited determination, drive and ambition in earning a Cox scholarship."

"Once again it is so satisfying to honor the memory and legacy of Jesse and Beulah Cox through their support of the next generation of successful professionals," added Sarah Booher, director of the IU Bloomington Office of Scholarships. "Our recipients this year represent the finest young students, and IU is pleased to help them achieve their goals and dreams through the generosity of the Coxes."

IU Bloomington this year awarded 10 Cox Engagement Scholarships, 10 Cox Exploratory Scholarships, one Cox Access Scholarship, 16 Cox Legacy Scholarships and 12 Cox Research Scholarships. The scholarships are renewable for up to three years for current students and for up to four years for incoming students. To qualify, students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or better.

The 2011-12 Cox Scholars are:

Cox Legacy Scholarships, now in their seventh year, go to students who balance school and work in pursuit of their degrees, as Jesse Cox did when he attended IU in the 1930s. Cox Research Scholarships are awarded to exemplary students who work under the direction of a faculty mentor on research and scholarly activities.

Cox Engagement Scholars receive a stipend for successful participation as Advocates for Community Engagement, working with a community agency to help coordinate volunteers and service-learning. Cox Exploratory Scholars are exploring a number of prospective majors; they earn a stipend through participation in positions designed to enhance their knowledge of campus opportunities. Cox Access Scholars are returning students who have been out of school for at least five years.

In addition to financial support, the Cox Scholars programs enable students to form cohesive groups focused on mutual support. Scholars take part in special programming to reinforce the Cox legacy, such as a spring service day at Coxhall Gardens in Hamilton County, Ind., and opportunities to hear and understand the life stories and accomplishments of Jesse and Beulah Cox.

Jesse Cox and Beulah Cox started J.H. Cox Manufacturing Co., a wholesale venetian blind company. They then purchased a small bankrupt company and started the Aero Blind and Drapery Co., which they turned into the leading window treatment company in the upper Midwest. They also developed businesses in agriculture and commercial real estate in Monroe, Boone, Hamilton and Putnam counties. Beulah Cox died in 1999, and Jesse Cox died in 2008.

For questions regarding the Cox Scholarship programs at IU Bloomington, contact the Office of Scholarships at 812-855-5779 or

For information about the Cox Scholars at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, contact the campus's Office of Student Scholarships at 317-274-5516 or

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