Indiana University

IU announces its 10th class of Herbert Presidential Scholars

  • Aug. 14, 2014


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- This fall, Indiana University will welcome its 10th class of Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholars.

Of the 70 new scholars, 52 will enter IU Bloomington, 11 will attend Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, two each will attend IU South Bend and IU Kokomo and one each will enter IU East, IU Northwest and IU Southeast.

The members of the Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholars Freshman Class of 2014 have an average GPA exceeding 4.0 (supplemented by advanced placement and honors classes) and an average SAT composite score of 1236, with a range of 900 to 1570.

Almost all ranked in the top 5 percent of their class. Minority students make up 30 percent of the class; 56 percent of the new scholars are women; and 44 percent are men.

“This year Indiana University will welcome the 10th class of Herbert Presidential Scholars," said Jack Schmit, assistant dean of the University Graduate School and university-wide coordinator of the Herbert Presidential Scholars program. "We now have 636 students who can claim that honor. These students continue to exceed at the highest levels and are involved in many campus organizations.

"All of the IU campuses have benefited greatly from those who choose a world class education within the state," Schmit added.

President Emeritus Adam W. Herbert created the program during his tenure at IU from 2003 to 2007. It is considered one of the most prestigious scholarships for IU students. Originally called the Hoosier Presidential Scholars Program, it was renamed for Herbert by the IU Board of Trustees in 2007 to honor him and his commitment to talented students from Indiana.

Herbert Scholars are selected from across the state based on exceptional talents, diversity, interests, outstanding academic records and strong leadership skills through school and community activities. Many Herbert Presidential Scholars have also overcome personal challenges and have shown great potential and motivation to succeed.

The sponsoring IU campus also matches the four-year renewable scholarship. Scholars receive other benefits, including a personal laptop computer and funding to be used for study abroad in their junior or senior year. They can choose any major offered at the campus they are attending.

Each campus will host welcome receptions for Herbert Presidential Scholars at the beginning of the fall semester, where they and their families will meet with campus officials. Students and their families also will gather on the Bloomington campus for a university-wide reception and dinner in January.

The inaugural class of Herbert Presidential Scholars graduated in May 2009.
For more information about the Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholars program, contact Schmit at the University Graduate School at 812-855-9140.

Here is this year's class of Herbert Presidential Scholars:

IU Bloomington

  • Nicholas Anglin, Hammond
  • Alex Birge, Indianapolis
  • Joshua Bottos, Lowell
  • Mikayla Burrell, Indianapolis
  • Reo Burton, Indianapolis
  • Lauren Butz, Fishers
  • Evan Cahill, Greenwood
  • Jorge Campana Paez, Plainfield
  • Michael Chacon, Indianapolis
  • Allison Chamberlain, Greenwood
  • William Chen, Carmel
  • Jessica Chiang, Carmel
  • Logan Dudley, Greenfield
  • Evan Gant, Indianapolis
  • Casey Gregonen, Indianapolis
  • Austin Hanebutt, Velpen
  • Margaret Holdeman, Bloomington
  • Benjamin Huang, Carmel
  • Christiana Jerry, Merrillville
  • Catherine Jones, Indianapolis
  • Riley Jones, Marion
  • Daniel Lamm, Franklin
  • Mary Marxer, Carmel
  • Cari Maxwell, Bloomington
  • Samantha McCormick, Indianapolis
  • Thomas McGue, Chesterton
  • Samuel Milam, Newburgh
  • Adam Miller, Fishers
  • Catherine Morgan, Greenwood
  • Matthew O'Brien, Greenwood
  • Megan Pan, Columbus
  • Anish Pandit, Newburgh
  • Neeta Patwari, Munster
  • Elijah Pouges, Indianapolis
  • Adam Putnick, Cedar Grove
  • Katheryn Radle, Newburgh
  • Amanda Reed, Bloomington
  • Julia Rubenstein, Indianapolis
  • Emma St. John, Bloomington
  • Louisa Steup, West Lafayette
  • Leah Stinson, Roanoke
  • Alexzandria Stowe, Indianapolis
  • Athena Tran, Crown Point
  • Jessica True, Bloomington
  • Emma Vaughan, Zionsville
  • Sophia Veraldi, Indianapolis
  • Shelby Williams, Columbus
  • Michael Wimer, Carmel
  • Winston Winkler, Bloomington
  • Ethan Worthington, Westfield
  • Lauren Yager, Zionsville
  • Megan Yoder, Indianapolis

 IU East

  • Tyler Kennedy, Lawrenceburg

 IU Kokomo

  • Lillian Badger, Tipton
  • Whitley Lehr, Delphi

 IU Northwest

  • Shaina Daniels, Crown Point


  • Stanley Bram, Indianapolis
  • Austin Gaby, Logansport
  • Jonathan Kopp, Avon
  • Caleb Martin, Centerville
  • Meghan McCann, Fishers
  • Madison Northern, Martinsville
  • Matthew Rust, Greensburg
  • Laurin Schmidt, Seymour
  • MacKenzie Stratton, New Harmony
  • Haley Welch, Indianapolis
  • Alyssa Wickham, Owensville

 IU South Bend

  • Xander Laughlin, Shipshewana
  • Emily Sheets, Nappanee

 IU Southeast

  • Katrina Messmer, Celestine
Adam Herbert

The scholarship program is named in honor of Adam W. Herbert, who served as IU's president from 2003 to 2007.

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