Wells Scholars alumni can be found throughout the United States and abroad. As you move through your career, travel the world, embrace exciting opportunities, and make a difference in your community, we hope you keep the Wells Scholars Program and alumni community close by. With more than 520 alums, there are abundant opportunities for networking, mentoring, and connecting with one another. Please consider the following ways to stay engaged with the Program.
Stay connected to the Wells Scholars Program
Update your alumni record
Get social with the Wells Scholars Program
Make a gift
At its creation, the Wells Scholars Program endowment was thought to be sustainable, but that is not the case today. Several contributing factors play a role, including: a reduced return on the endowments investments and the rising expense of higher education in the U.S. In 1994-1995 the value of the scholarship supporting one in state student for a year was $2,988. Twenty years later, by 2014-2015 the amount more than doubled at $10,388. In recent years the program has made some significant administrative changes to help with scholarship expenses, but ongoing individual support remains essential.
Our goal is to increase the number of Wells Scholars Alumni contributing to the program and grow the amount of annual gifts to fully cover the cost of the program each year (when combined with its endowment income). In 2018, nearly 40% of alums made a contribution to the Program. Our long-term goal is for the program to be annually sustainable, ensuring current scholars are given the same experiences that shaped our alumni's paths in life.
Every gift matters, and combined alumni giving will make a significant difference for the program.
Become a leadership donor through the HBW Giving Society
Wells Scholars Alumni continue to contribute broadly across their fields and communities. Many alums chose to contribute financially to the Wells Scholars Program as an effort to pass along the culture of philanthropy they received while at IU to today's students. Leadership alumni gifts are recognized through the HBW Society.
Engage as an alumn
Become an alumni advocate
Commit to building the WSP Alumni Network by offering your time, networks, expertise, and financial support as a leader to fellow alumni and students. To express your interest and desired area of support, contact Development Director Kristin Varella at firstname.lastname@example.org today.
Attend alumni events
Meet with scholars, staff, or stop by Harlos House
Let WSP know when you plan to visit campus – we can set up an informal discussion with students, grab coffee to hear about your experiences after school, or welcome you at the Harlos House.
Further questions? Or have a story to share or an update for the annual newsletter? Please contact WSP at email@example.com today, or connect directly with the Wells Scholars Program Director Christoph Irmscher at firstname.lastname@example.org.