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KOKOMO, Ind. – Indiana University Kokomo awarded scholarships, laptops, and other benefits worth more than $230,000 to its top incoming students, demonstrating its commitment to academic excellence.

New Student Convocation 2013Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke stands with a group of scholarship recipients.

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

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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20130819-Welcome_week-AWJL4393.jpgStudents in the QuadKOKOMO, Ind. — Thirty full-time Indiana University Kokomo students earned dean's list honors for the 2013 summer session. Dean's list students earned a minimum 3.5 grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0, while carrying at least 12 credit hours throughout the grading period. Students are listed by hometown.



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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo's cheerleaders for the 2013-2014 athletics season will bring Cougar spirit to the new gym.

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After last year's inaugural season cheering on the men's basketball team, the squad will add volleyball games this season, leading the Cougar Crazies and fans in supporting the women's team.

"We are excited to add volleyball to our schedule this season," Coach Chelsea McDonald said. "We want to help grow school spirit, and encourage everyone to come cheer with us for the Cougars."

Twin sisters Courtney Freeman and Kiley Freeman, from Sweetser, are the returning veterans from the first squad. They join new cheerleaders Hannah Aaron, Greentown; Maggie Goff, Converse; Brandi Martin, Peru; Bailey Oakley, Walton; and Kelsey Thieke, Galveston.

The team is participating in cheerleading camp before the season begins, and Kiley Freeman noted all the cheerleaders bring previous experience to the team.

"We had a great first season, and we're growing the program this year," she said. "With our experience and what we learn at camp, we should be more impressive this year."

In addition, Martin looks forward to expanding the cheerleading camp they sponsor for elementary and middle school girls this year, to include girls from more schools.

"Being an IU Kokomo cheerleader is an opportunity to be a role model in our community," she said. "It means a lot to me to be chosen for this team."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo will celebrate two historic events for its athletic programs Wednesday (August 21), opening its new gymnasium, and hosting the first competition as a member of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC).

Indiana University Kokomo GymnasiumIndiana University Kokomo Gymnasium

Festivities begin with a tailgate at 5:30 p.m. at the gym, at the corner of Apperson Way and Superior Street in downtown Kokomo. The Cougar women's volleyball team takes on Rochester College at 7 p.m., in the first of two games.

"We are proud to invite our friends, supporters, and the community to come see our beautiful new gym," said Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke. "This is a way to showcase our new athletic facilities, and show that IU Kokomo is growing and moving into the future. We appreciate the community support and partnerships that have made this facility a reality."

The tailgate and games are free and open to the public.

Brandon Podgorski, athletic director, said the athletes are happy to have their own gym, and excited to compete in their conference in their second year in the NAIA.

"It's great to have a home of our own," he said. "It's going to help us in recruiting and branding IU Kokomo. We're as much a part of IU as any other campus, and I hope we can use athletics to show this is a great place to earn a degree," Podgorski said. "I'm eager to get our athletes into this gym and to start playing."

The gym is part of Kokomo's historic Memorial Gym, a legend among Indiana athletic facilities. Sciame-Giesecke partnered with Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight and the city council members and Kokomo Schools Superintendent Jeff Hauswald and his school board members to convert the former swimming pool into a college regulation basketball court.

It will be home to the women's volleyball team and men's basketball team, and in the future will host a women's basketball team. The campus also has men's and women's cross country teams.

IU Kokomo began team sports three years ago, and joined the NAIA in 2012. It was admitted to the KIAC in May 2013.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.