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Wells Scholars Program

Named in honor of former Indiana University President Herman B Wells and based solely on merit, the Wells Scholarship provides full tuition, mandatory and course-related fees, and a living stipend for four years of undergraduate study at IU Bloomington. Scholars may choose to spend one of these years studying abroad through the university’s overseas study programs. Between 18 and 22 Wells Scholarships are awarded each year to incoming freshmen.

Nomination Process

There is no direct application to the program. To be considered for the Wells Scholarship, high school seniors must be nominated by one of two means:

  1. High School Nomination Process
    • Students who attend Indiana high schools or selected high schools from other states may be considered for a Wells Scholarship only if they are nominated to the Wells Scholars Program by their high schools.
  2. Office of Admissions Nominating Process
    • Students with a strong record of accomplishment who do not attend a high school that is eligible to nominate, including homeschooled students, may be considered for nomination to the Wells Scholars Program by the IU Bloomington Office of Admissions only if the Office of Admissions receives the materials noted below on or before Saturday, September 20, 2014.

High School Nomination Process

Indiana high schools and a small number of selected high schools from other states are eligible to nominate up to two seniors each year for consideration for the Wells Scholarship. High schools eligible to nominate will be sent nomination packets in August and should send their completed Wells Scholarship nomination materials directly to the Wells Scholars Program office by the deadline noted in the packets.

Students from outside the state of Indiana should check with their high school counselors to determine if their schools are eligible to nominate. Students attending eligible schools should check with their high school counselors to learn about the procedures used by their schools.

While students nominated by eligible high schools are not required to have applied for admission to IU Bloomingtonby the time of nomination for the Wells Scholarship, if they wish to be considered for other academic scholarships, scholar programs, and special opportunities at IU, all admission application materials must be received or postmarked by November 1. When students do apply, they may apply online or send the application for admission directly to the Office of Admissions.

Only documents for admission to IU Bloomington should be sent to the Office of Admissions. Materials from high schools nominating students for the Wells Scholarship should be sent directly to the Wells Scholars Program.

Office of Admissions Nominating Process

Students with an outstanding record of accomplishment who are home schooled or who attend a high school that is not eligible to nominate candidates for the Wells Scholarship may be considered for nomination by the IU Bloomington Office of Admissions. (The Office of Admissions is not able to nominate students who attend, or have graduated from, high schools that are eligible to nominate candidates.)

High school seniors seeking freshman admission to IU Bloomington for fall 2015 who are academically outstanding (eligible for admission to the Hutton Honors College) and who wish to be considered for nomination for the Wells Scholarship by the Office of Admissions should submit the materials below directly to the Office of Admissions. (These materials should not be sent to the Wells Scholars Program. Doing so could delay or prevent, if the deadline is missed, consideration of a student's candidacy.) All items must be received by the Office of Admissions on or before Saturday, September 20, 2014.

  1. Completed application for admission to IU Bloomington (either online or paper application) with required supporting academic documents (official high school transcript to be sent by high school in sealed envelope or electronically; SAT or ACT scores to be sent directly to IU from the testing agencies) and application fee
  2. A packet of the following additional items sent to:
    Cindy Wise
    Office of Admissions
    Indiana University
    300 North Jordan Avenue
    Bloomington, IN 47405
  • Wells Scholarship Nomination Cover Sheet (PDF)
  • Cover letter requesting consideration for nomination for the Wells Scholarship and describing the student’s academic interest(s) (300-500 words)
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher who has taught the student in an academic class, enclosed by the recommender in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal
  • A resume listing significant honors, extracurricular activities, and/or community involvement 

U.S. students should review the items that are required for a completed application on the Office of Admissions Apply page. International freshman applicants should review the list of required admission materials on the Office of International Services website. Students who are nominated by the Office of Admissions will be contacted by the Wells Scholars Program in early October with additional information about the selection process and a request to submit additional items by a late October deadline.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: International students who wish to be considered for the Wells Scholarship should submit their admission application materials through the process detailed by the Office of International Services. But, all other materials for the Wells Scholarship application process should be submitted to Cindy Wise in the Office of Admissions as noted above in Item 2.

Calendar for Office of Admissions Nomination Process
  • September 20: Deadline for applying for admission to Indiana University and for requesting consideration for nomination by the Office of Admissions for the Wells Scholarship.
  • Early October: Wells Scholars Program will contact Admissions nominees with request for additional materials.
  • Late October: “Received by” deadline for submitting the requested additional details.
  • Mid-November: Approximately 50 finalists are selected for interviews; all nominees are notified of their status.
  • First weekend in December: Required interviews of finalists at IU Bloomington.
  • Late December: Notification of status mailed to each finalist. Eighteen to 22 Wells Scholars will be selected from the finalist group.
  • Mid-April: Deadline for accepting Wells Scholarship.
  • June: New student advising and registration at IU Bloomington.
  • Late August: Welcome reception for new Wells Scholars; IU Welcome Week.
  • For additional information about the scholarship and the nomination process, please visit the Wells Scholars Program website.