An AP Scholar, Lauren is the first Wells Scholar from Frankfort High School, where she was valedictorian and served as captain of the English, Fine Arts, and Interdisciplinary Academic Bowl teams. She was also active in speech and debate, theatre production, and music. Her art work has been exhibited in professional galleries, and she is a member of the Frankfort Arts Council. Through the IU Honors Program in Foreign Languages for high school students, she spent the summer before her senior year in Ciudad Real, Spain. She was profoundly moved by the masterpieces of art and architecture she saw there and was fascinated by the relationship between the Spanish people and the art of their country. Her experiences in Spain convinced Lauren to follow her passion for art and culture by studying art history and international studies at IU. Recognized as an Indiana Outstanding Student of Spanish, she is the El-Civics Program Coordinator in her community’s Learning Network.

She favors these words that Virginia Woolf wrote in her diary after visiting the women in a suffragist organization she supported: “They have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life."

She will hold the Erik and Ann Munter Scholarship in the Wells Scholars Program.