High School Nomination Process


Schools are encouraged to nominate students who have:

  • Shown exceptional qualities of character and leadership
  • Been significantly involved in extracurricular activities
  • Demonstrated a concern for their community
  • Excelled in terms of class rank, grade point average, and performance on standardized tests

In the past, successful nominees have typically:

  • Ranked in the top 5 percent of their class
  • Compiled a GPA of 3.9 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Scored 1400 or higher on the combined SAT Critical Reading and Mathematics tests, or 32 (composite) or higher on the ACT
  • Shown a pattern of serious commitment to one or more activities outside of class

Calendar for the High School Nomination Process

Early August: Nomination packets are mailed to all high schools eligible to nominate for the Wells. Nominating high schools that have not received their nomination materials by mid-August should contact the Wells Scholars Program immediately to request another packet.

October 1: “Received by” deadline by which eligible high schools must submit their nominations.

November 1To be eligible for other opportunities at IU Bloomington, students should apply for admission to IU Bloomington as soon as possible, November 1 at the latest.  For additional information, including IU deadlines, visit the sites for IUB’s Office of Admissions and Office of Scholarships. You can find IUB freshman application materials here

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.