Indiana University has announced that two SPEA students are among the latest group of Wells Scholars.
The incoming class includes 19 freshmen and one current IU junior. They will join the more than 480 others who have been named Wells Scholars since the first class enrolled in 1990.
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 70 national and international scholarships, fellowships and grants, such as the Rhodes, Truman, Marshall, Soros, Mitchell, Churchill, Gates Cambridge, Fulbright and Goldwater.
This past year, Wells Scholars won several national and international awards, including Truman, Marshall, Gates Cambridge and Beinecke scholarships, a Hertz Fellowship and two DeutscherAkademischerAustauschDienst scholarships.
Today, many Wells Scholars alumni are studying or working in Indiana, 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, the University of Pennsylvania 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. Since his death in the spring of 2000, this community of talented and dedicated young scholars has remained a permanent legacy of his educational vision.
Incoming freshman 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 Wells 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 the classroom. Internal Wells Scholars are nominated by IU Bloomington faculty and selected for similar qualities.
Meet the two SPEA Wells Scholars:
Andrew Braden of Elkhart, Ind., an AP Scholar and salutatorian of Elkhart Central High School. He was president of the National Honor Society and of his class, vice president of student council and the class commencement speaker. He served on the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council as vice president and then president and received the SSAC Outstanding Senior Award.
Braden was honored with the Al Bias Outstanding Citizenship Award for his contributions to school and community, the Commemorative Scholarship Award for academic achievement, leadership, character and involvement, and the Rotary Youth Leadership Award. Captain of the speech and debate team, he won the Indiana High School Forensic Association's Hawker Mental Attitude Award and multiple awards in state and national competitions, including the 2012 IHSFA state championship in original oratory, second in the nation in original oratory at the 2012 National Forensic League competition and fifth in original oratory at the 2011 National Catholic Forensic League tournament.
His junior year, Braden was editor-in-chief of the school news magazine, the Blazer Pennant, and earned the South Bend Tribune's most valuable school journalist award. A member of the varsity basketball team, he also played first-chair bassoon in symphonic band and orchestra, sang in the concert choir and performed lead roles in theater productions.
Braden plans to study legal studies, political science and psychology. He will hold the Bernardo Mendel Scholarship within the Wells Scholars Program.
Lori Lovell of Florence, Ky., a National Merit Scholar, a semifinalist in the national Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology and the first Wells Scholar from the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Bowling Green, Ky. She was a founding member of Global Relief and Sustainable Societies Club and served as president of environmental protection. She was also the main coordinator for Amnesty International Student Group, secretary of the community service organization Beta Club, the community service chair of Y Club, an academy community developer and a founding member and captain of the speech and debate team.
She placed second in impromptu speaking in the National Tournament of Champions, twice qualified for the Future Business Leaders of America national competition and received the Best Bill Award at the Kentucky Youth Assembly. She has researched water quality and stream drainage with faculty at Western Kentucky University, presented her work at university and national conferences, and published in the Journal of Experimental Secondary Science. She and a fellow Gatton student represented Kentucky in the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge.
Selected for an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program this summer, Lovell interned at the University of Arizona's Biosphere 2 facility, studying global climate modeling. She plans to study environmental science at IU. She will hold an Alice AdelleFreese Scholarship within the Wells Scholars Program.