(BLOOMINGTON) - Eight incoming freshmen have been awarded the highest honor the Kelley School of Business can bestow: They were named Kelley Scholars.
The award provides incoming freshman students with four years of tuition and fees, a stipend for living expenses and other funding, such as course materials and overseas study.
Recipients are required to participate in the Business Honors Program, remain a business major at IU and earn a minimum grade-point average of 3.5.
After extensive essays and interviews, IU's Class of 2016 Kelley Scholars have been
Shapiro is a Bexley, Ohio native and the only non-Indiana resident to be named a Kelley Scholar. She is a graduate of Bexley High School, where she was student council vice president, a member of the Bexley Vocal Ensemble and intern at Pelotonia and PromoWest Productions, independent entertainment companies in Ohio.
She plans to extend her interest in the music industry to IU and intern at various venues or booking agencies in Bloomington.
"I think college will be more similar to my high school, but with a more open schedule," Shapiro said. "I'll be as involved, but in new ways."
Eventually, she said she would like to combine her passion for music with her interest in non-profits.
She intends to major in entrepreneurship and management at IU. For now, however, she is focusing on what she believes her first days of college will bring.
"The great thing about the Kelley School program is it makes a big school feel small, it definitely eases the anxiety of moving and not knowing people," she said. "I feel like I'm already part of a great community, and I haven't even moved in."
Walker is a Fort Wayne native. He is a graduate of Carroll High School, where he was winner of the National Achievement Award, Hoosier Excellence Award and the Sertoma Award for academic excellence and achievement.
"I am driven by very different motivations than everyone else, and the Kelley School saw that I had potential to really be something different than the regular business school stereotype," Walker said in an email. "For me personally, it is not really about success or getting to the top, but I see it more like a fun adventure that is an amazing opportunity to grow and make connections."
Walker is spending his summer traveling in Spain.
He plans to major in Spanish and business at IU.
He said he is interested in pursuing membership at various Christian organizations, student government and basketball intramural teams on campus.
"I'm excited to spend the next four years figuring out my passion and how I really want to use the rest of my life," he said.
Gilberti is a Martinsville native. She is a graduate of Martinsville High School, where she was valedictorian, a National Merit Scholar Commended Student, an Indianapolis Star Regional Academic All-Star, member of the National Honor Society and three-year member of the volleyball team.
She intends to major in marketing and international business at IU. Once here, she said she plans to get involved in the greek system, business clubs and perhaps student government.
"I'm ready to move in right now, I would if I could," Gilberti said. "I think it's going to be a great ride."
As for her after college, Gilberti said she'd love to pursue a career she could "just love everyday." But, for now, she is focusing on the four years ahead.
"I'm already in love with Bloomington and I haven't lived there yet," Gilberti said. "I have every faith in the world that it's going to treat me well."
Holbrook is a Bloomington native. He is a graduate of Bloomington High School South, where he was an AP Scholar. A member of the tennis team, Holbrook was named to the first-team all-area team, All-Conference Indiana team and won the B-Man Award for sports leadership.
He intends to major in entrepreneurship and pre-medicine at IU, and get involved in the greek system and student government.
"I have grown up in Bloomington, so I have been around and in IU a lot," Holbrook said. "So I think I know what it's like, but I know I don't. I'm just going in with an open mind."
Anderson is a West Lafayette native.
He is a graduate of West Lafayette Senior High School, where he was valedictorian, senior class president and co-captain of the varsity soccer team.
He was selected as the offensive player of the year and academic all-state in track and soccer. He intends to major in finance and molecular biology at IU.
Capshew is a Bloomington native.
He is a graduate of Bloomington High School North, where he was vice president of Business Professionals of America, a group leader of DeCycles Indiana Youth Leadership Program, treasurer of the National Honor Society, a Cougar Leader Mentor and senior counselor for Leadership Opportunities Through Service. He intends to major in finance at IU.
Lueken is a Birdseye, Ind. native. She is a graduate of the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities, where she was an Indiana Academy peer assistant, a student ambassador and co-president of the musical club.
She also attended Forest Park Junior Senior High School, where she was a member of Key Club and the marching, concert and pep bands. She intends to major in finance at IU.
Murphy is a Kokomo native. She is a graduate of St. Theodore Guerin High School, where she was involved with the Academic Super Bowl, student ambassadors and the National Honor Society.
She directed the school's spring musical and also was a member of the school's dance company, Brain Game and Mathletes teams and the St. Patrick's Youth Group.
She was the National History Day state representative in 2010 and 2011. She intends to major in accounting, psychology and mathematics at IU.
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