KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo awarded scholarships, laptops, and other benefits worth more than $150,000 to its top incoming students, demonstrating its commitment to academic excellence.
Ten 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.
Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke presented each student with his or her laptop before the annual new student convocation, which kicks off the fall semester. She offered her congratulations and a challenge.
“We are looking to you to be our leaders, and excel here, and take some leadership roles on campus,” she said. “I tell the faculty and staff here that I need them to lead from where they are, and that’s what I need you to do. You are our best and brightest, and you need to take opportunities to gain leadership experience, to practice to be leaders in your professions. This is the training ground.”
Shelbi McKinley, Tipton; and Lauren Bowling, Veedersburg; are the campus’s Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholars.
Hunter Clark, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, received a Direct Admit Program scholarship. Kaitlin Rowlett, Galveston; and Bailey Jenkins, Peru, earned pre-professional scholarships.
Early Scholars Program recipients included Morgan Brown, Covington; Mary Westover, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Samuel Rhymer, Kewanna; Elizabeth Curtis, Kokomo; and Kyler Spencer, Macy.
Direct Admit Program scholarships are 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. Fall classes begin Monday, August 22.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.