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Two Indianapolis residents named Kelley Scholar at IU

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JULY 27, 2006

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- John McCarthy and Roxana Ortez of Indianapolis have been named Kelley Scholars at Indiana University Bloomington, where each will be a freshman this fall. McCarthy is a graduate of Lawrence Central High School and Ortez is a graduate of Lawrence North High School.

The Kelley Scholarship honors the best undergraduate students entering IU to study business. Kelley Scholars receive tuition and fees, a stipend for living expenses, and other funding that may cover internships and overseas study. The award is for four years and has an annual value of about $15,000.

The Kelley Scholars Program is funded by a $23 million gift from E.W. Kelley and his family made to IU in the fall of 1997. The university named its School of Business for the Kelley family in acknowledgement of the gift.

McCarthy is the son of Bill and Moriag McCarthy of Old Stone Drive. At Lawrence Central High School, he was president of the National Honor Society, drum major of the Spirit of Central marching band and a member of the wind ensemble and the varsity swimming team. He also was an AP Scholar with Distinction and an Indianapolis Star Academic All-Star. He expects to major in management and finance.

Ortez is daughter of Peggy and Odilber of Twin Acre Lane. At Lawrence North High School, she finished first in Indiana and fourth in the nation in the 2005 National Spanish Exam/Level 6 Bilingual. She was a member of the National Honor Society and the PEERS Program and was involved in the high school newspaper. She expects to major in marketing and international business.

The Kelley Scholars were selected from a group of students who had been accepted to IU and were invited to apply for the Kelley Scholars program because of their outstanding records. The application included references, a high school transcript, several personal statements on a variety of topics and an essay.

Finalists were then invited to the IU Bloomington campus for a weekend of extensive interviews with faculty members. Each candidate submitted a writing sample, toured the campus and was a guest at a dinner. The winners were selected on the basis of their performances that weekend.

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