Bailey is excited to begin studies in double bass performance at the Jacobs School of Music and chose IU specifically for its flexibility in allowing her to pursue music at a high level without abandoning her academic pursuits, such as American history.
2019 Wells Scholars
As one of our first international Scholars and the first Scholar ever from The Koc School, Kuzey is thrilled to come to IU to make new friends and meet nice people. He looks forward to exploring the wonderful campus and to receiving a great education in a learning environment suitable for those who, like him, want to pursue academic research at the highest level.
Matthias was drawn to IU’s investment in helping to solve the climate crisis through education and research. He is looking forward to majoring in environmental and sustainability studies and policy analysis this fall.
Ritika has known that she wanted to be a doctor at least since she was 10 years old. She will major in molecular life sciences and has already done her research about IU’s captivating course offerings: she can’t wait to delve into classes with a specific focus like “Molecular Mechanisms of Cancer.”
Maddie’s passion for international outreach was cemented during an extended trip to visit a friend in Nepal, which coincided with the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes. Upon returning home, Maddie organized a fundraiser that successfully sponsored a year of education for fifteen young female students in Nepal, an achievement that fills her with pride and gratitude.
Shelemiah comes to IU as the third Scholar from Columbus Academy, a feat which required first transferring high schools, then adapting to the challenging circumstances that came with the transition. She is proud to have taught herself how to communicate with new groups of people and adjust confidently to situations that push her outside her comfort zone, and she’s ready to put these skills back into practice by interacting with all the fresh new faces, communities, and cultures here at IU.
Madeline is a junior majoring in international studies and anthropology, and she also does research in a Human Centered Informatics lab. She loves IU because it gives students the sense that the world is being brought to them, along with the utmost academic freedom.
Sage’s diverse interests are immediately apparent looking at his shortlist of favorite books: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, Michael Blaser’s Missing Microbes, and Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. It comes as no surprise then that he ambitiously plans to double major in molecular life science and piano performance, with an outside field in Japanese.
Hannah’s long, early hours in the percussion closet at her high school really paid off; she is proud to have earned school, local, and national awards in musical activities ranging from marching band and wind ensemble to theater, jazz and choir.
As the other member of our first duo of international students and first Scholar ever from Galilee Christian High School, Tyler will join the intelligent systems engineering program in IU’s School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering.
When Elvin was 10, he wanted to grow up and become either an astronaut or a doctor. Not much has changed in the intervening eight years as he has delved further into the sciences and developed a particular interest in medicine, but he still plans to submit a civilian astronaut draft application every chance he gets!
Kathryn fell in love with IU from the moment she first set foot on campus and can’t wait to join the diverse and open-minded community and become part of something bigger than herself. After spending a summer in France with the Honors Program in Foreign Languages, she knew IU was the place for her due to its excellence in foreign language instruction and the caring and engaging faculty
Growing up in Bloomington means that IU has been Noah’s backyard; he was exposed to its impressive resources on an almost weekly basis. Yet he still finds more to explore and is looking forward to pursuing his passions in psychology and theatre while making valuable connections that could never be replicated elsewhere.
Jake used to dream of being an astronaut, but decided that jazz might just be cooler than space. He is drawn both to the endless possibilities inherent in the concept of improvisation, but also to sharing the empowering freedom of jazz with others through outreach and education.
Nicholas is the sixth Scholar from duPont Manual High School and will study trumpet performance and jazz. He is looking forward to immersing himself in an environment where everyone cares deeply about self-improvement, even over competition with others.
Jonathan believes that the fields of music and math are closely related and therefore found it very natural to switch tracks from aspiring to become a mathematics professor to dreaming about being a composer. He’ll begin composition studies at the Jacobs School of Music and is thrilled to connect and collaborate with its excellent musicians, both students and faculty.
Amin, the third Scholar from Eman Schools, will major in biotechnology on a pre-med track. He chose IU because it offers a place and home for everyone and any interest one might wish to pursue, whether small or big, is met with a vast catalog of classes and resources as well as remarkably helpful staff, professors, and peers. FOMO is no more!
Andre was on track to play college basketball and being recruited by several Division I programs when he came across Ben Carson’s autobiography Gifted Hands and decided to study medicine instead.
Maeve is very proud to have performed the Dvořák string sextet and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence, especially after all the hard work she put into releasing some physical tension in her playing that was aggravating a repetitive stress injury. She’s looking forward to exploring this new freedom in her playing by majoring in viola performance under the supervision of the expressive, innovative, and wise Professor Atar Arad in the Jacobs School of Music.
Nicholas approaches life in an easygoing and relaxed manner and manages to avoid stressing and obsessing over little things thanks to following his favorite advice “don’t worry about it.” He will major in psychology and linguistics and is looking forward to accessing all the resources of this big research institution while simultaneously participating in an environment that makes each individual feel valued by the school.