Eighteen students received the merit awards, as winners of the Early Scholars Program scholarships, Direct Admit Program scholarship, Pre-Professional Program scholarships, and the Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholar program.
Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke urged the award winners to find a way to lead on campus.
"IU Kokomo is a great place to develop your leadership skills. You are bright and talented, and when you add that leadership component to your college education, it will enhance your career opportunities. I know we will see many of you in leadership positions in the future." she said.
Todd Gambill, vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management, congratulated the recipients on their academic success.
"I get excited meeting students of this caliber," he said "There could be a scientist who will find a cure for cancer, a future Nobel Prize winner, a president of the United States, or a governor of Indiana in this group. That's what happens with the cream of the crop at a top-notch university, and that is what you are."
Winners of the Direct Admit Program scholarships included Alison Ashbaugh, Elwood; Tiera Callis, Marion; Darion Daugherty, Peru; Gage Gilbert, Westfield; Liana Gurney, Kokomo; Christopher Osborne, Gas City; Tyler Powell, Rochester; and Kaylee Ridgeway, Kokomo.
Early Scholars Program recipients included Courtney Boike, Kokomo; Erin Eldridge, Forest; Breanna Kinder, Kokomo; Caroline Landis, Kokomo; Zach Meyer, Valparaiso; and Brandon Wysong, Kokomo.
Jenna Crowder, Westfield; Madison Heflin, Kokomo; and Katherine Leach, Walton; earned pre-professional scholarships. Christopher Santucci, Kokomo, is the campus's Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholar.
This was the first year for Direct Admit Program scholarships, for incoming students in business, education, and nursing. To qualify, students must graduate in the top 10 percent of their class, and earn a minimum math and critical reading SAT combined score of 1150. Qualifying students are guaranteed admission to their academic program, and also receive a $2,500 per year scholarship, laptop and software, $1,000 stipend for overseas travel, a faculty mentor, and a textbook credit.
The Early Scholars Program scholarships, which are $2,500 per year plus a laptop, are for students in the top 10 percent of their class who are admitted to IU Kokomo by November 15. They must also earn an academic honors diploma and have a combined writing and critical thinking SAT score of 1150 or higher. It is renewable for those who maintain a 3.3 GPA and earn enough credits to progress to the next class level.
The pre-professional scholarships reward excellent academic performance for students who plan to continue to a graduate or professional program, like medical or dental school. It is worth $2,500 per year, and also includes a stipend for overseas travel, and research and mentoring opportunities with faculty.
The Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholar program includes full tuition, a stipend for overseas travel, and other benefits.
For more information about scholarship opportunities, contact the Office of Admissions, 765-455-9217, or go to www.iuk.edu/admissions.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.