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The Wells Scholarship

Extraordinary namesake, extraordinary opportunity

Named in honor of Herman B Wells, Indiana University’s beloved 11th president, the Wells Scholarship provides full tuition, mandatory and course-related fees, and a living stipend for four years of undergraduate study on IU’s Bloomington campus. Scholars may choose to spend one of these years studying abroad through the university’s overseas study programs.

The Wells Scholars Program offers

  • Close interaction with faculty
  • Academic and career mentoring
  • Interdisciplinary Wells freshman seminars that address fundamental issues and are taught by outstanding faculty
  • International experience and engagement
  • Frequent extracurricular activities, often with distinguished visitors
  • Support for a summer internship, research or volunteer project, creative activity, or other enriching experience
  • Opportunities for involvement in community service with fellow Scholars
  • A combination of the best features of a large research university and a small liberal arts college 

Each year, between 18 and 22 incoming freshmen receive the award, based solely on merit. In addition, one to two current IUB students are selected to join the junior or senior class of Scholars.

Wells Scholars are also members of the Hutton Honors College, where they can apply for grants in support of research, internships, creative activity, conference travel, and honors thesis work.

Beyond-the-classroom learning

Wells Scholars may apply for a one-time grant to pursue summer experiences that provide meaningful learning opportunities. Past summer experiences have included:

  • Teaching elementary school in Arusha, Tanzania
  • Interning with the USA Today investigations desk
  • Conducting research at the National Institutes of Health
  • Interning at the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives
  • Participating in the Aspen Music Festival and Aspen Opera Theater
  • Interning at the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Studying 20th-century French photography in Paris
  • Interning with Boston Scientific in Shanghai