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Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Olathe's Jones named Wells Scholar at IU

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Bradley Jones of Olathe, Kan., has been selected as a Wells Scholar at Indiana University, one of 20 entering freshmen so honored. Jones plans to major in business with concentrations in management and public policy analysis at IU.

The Wells Scholarship, named in honor of Herman B Wells, the late university chancellor and former IU president, 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.

A Kansas Honor Scholar, Jones is the first Wells Scholar from Kansas City Christian School in Prairie Village, Kan. He was honored with the Principal's Award for Excellence in Academic Achievement and his school's Character Award.

His numerous science awards include the Kansas Junior Academy of Science State Competition award for best research project, the American Cancer Society's award for the top cancer-related science project, and the Max H. Thornton Award for the best research paper at the Greater Kansas City Science Fair.

Jones was a four-year member of his school's debate team and placed fourth at the Kansas State High School Debate Competition. He also was a member of the Forensics Bowl and Varsity Scholars Bowl teams. He served as class treasurer his junior year and as president of the National Honor Society his senior year. Jones was a member of his school's varsity golf team and played on his school's state champion varsity soccer team.

For three years, he served on the board of the Olathe Youth Court, an organization that offers an alternative to young people who would otherwise be sent to district court for a minor, first-time offense, and he is active in his church youth group. Jones also is the founder of Bradford Technologies, a document services company.

The Wells Scholars program offers special seminars, an optional year of study abroad and support for a summer research project or internship. It also emphasizes close interaction with faculty, academic and career advising, opportunities for community service and contact with distinguished visitors. Wells Scholars are members of the Honors College at IU, where they have the opportunity to apply for grants in support of research, teaching internships, professional experience, creative activity, conference travel and honors thesis work. They are selected for having demonstrated character, leadership and distinction, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Hometown information:

Bradley Jones is the son of Randy and Lisa Jones, 18860 W. 116th St., Olathe, Kan.