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Last modified: Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Bloomington's Khuong named Kelley Scholar at Indiana University

Vanessa Khuong

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Vanessa Khuong, from Bloomington, has been named a Kelley Scholar at Indiana University Bloomington where she will be a freshman. Khuong is a graduate of Bloomington High School South.

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 more than $14,000.

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.

While at Bloomington High School South, Khuong was a member of student council. She was the publicity chair her freshman and sophmore years, vice president her junior year and president her senior year. She was on the Class Advisory Board and served as treasurer her freshman and sophmore years.

She was involved in Sounds of South, was a Panther Pre-View Leader and was a National Merit Commended Student. She was a National Honor Society member and South Central Indiana Leader of Tomorrow her senior year. Khuong also was a four-year varsity girls tennis player and has played piano for 12 years.

Khuong is the daughter of Dr. Luong Dai Khuong and Mrs. Sang Thi Khuong, 3333 Rolling Oak Drive, Bloomington, Ind.

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. Applications included references, high school transcripts and several personal statements -- including an essay -- on a variety of topics.

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 performance that weekend.