Twelve students chosen as Kelley Scholars at Indiana University

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Twelve incoming Indiana University freshmen from across the Hoosier state have been selected as Kelley Scholars at the Kelley School of Business.

The Kelley Scholars, who intend to major in business at IU Bloomington, will receive standard tuition and fees, a stipend for living expenses and funding for academic activities such as overseas study.

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The 2017 Kelley Scholars, from left, are Evan Castle, Caroline Chang, Mick Thompson, Mary Barnard, Hannah Bauner, William Marxer, Nick Broderick, Ethan Worrall, Lily Rexing, Colin McMonagle, Jackson Holforty and Abi Ghiridharan.

The Kelley Scholars Program is funded by a multimillion-dollar gift from E.W. Kelley and his family, made to IU in the fall of 1997. The university named its school of business for the Kelley family in acknowledgement of the gift.

This year's class of Kelley Scholars was selected from a group of top students admitted to IU, who were invited to apply for the program because of their outstanding academic records. The application included references, a high school transcript, several personal statements on a variety of topics and an essay.

The 2017-18 Kelley Scholars are:

  • Mary Barnard, the daughter of Tony and Angela Barnard of Washington -- A graduate of Washington High School, she received National Merit Commendation and was president of Indiana DECA, an organization that prepares high school students for careers in marketing, finance and management and as entrepreneurs. She also served on the local United Way board and was a member of her high school’s varsity soccer team. She plans to study finance.
  • Hannah Bauner, the daughter of Tricia and Mike Bauner of Crown Point -- A summa cum laude graduate of Crown Point High School, she was an AP Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. She served on the student council and participated in Pulse Club and Key Club. As a member of the volleyball team, she was honored with First-Team Academic All-State Volleyball and First-Team Academic All-Conference awards. She plans to study marketing.
  • Nick Broderick, the son of Michael and Susan Broderick of Zionsville -- A graduate with class honors of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory High School in Indianapolis, he was an AP Scholar with Distinction, a member of the National Honor Society and a Coolidge Scholar semi-finalist, and he received National Merit Scholar Commendation. At Brebeuf Jesuit, he was a Merit Scholar and an Ignatian Scholar. A three-year letterman member of the varsity speech team, he was part of the state champion team in 2016. He was part of the school’s varsity tennis team for three years and was its co-captain his senior year. He also was a Brebeuf Presidential Ambassador. He plans to study finance and economic consulting.
  • Evan Michael Castle, the son of Erika Castle of Fort Wayne -- A graduate of Homestead High School, he was a National AP Scholar, class president for two years and vice president of the National Honor Society. He was a member of the varsity tennis team, was Junior Classical League state officer of technology and captain of the DECA state medalist and international qualifier. He plans to study economic consulting and business analytics.
  • Caroline Chang, the daughter of Lynne and Warren Chang of Bloomington -- A graduate of Bloomington High School South, she was president of The Imprint Project, an organization that raises funds and awareness in support of the rescue and rehabilitation of Cambodian women who are victims of human trafficking. She also was a senior executive of the Bloomington South Dance Marathon, publicity chair of the National Honor Society and a three-year varsity cheerleader. She also served on two mission trips to serve needy communities in South Africa and Fiji. She plans to study marketing.
  • Abilasha “Abi” Ghiridharan, the daughter of Rajamani Saraswathi and Sriniv Asan Ghiridharan of Greenwood -- A graduate of Center Grove High School, she was an AP Scholar with Distinction. She founded and was president of the Model U.N. Club and was a member of National Honor Society, student government and the speech team. She participated in IU summer programs such as the Jim Holland Summer Research Program, Project Seed, the Young Women’s Institute and Up-Next business academy at Kelley. She plans to study finance, economics and public policy.
  • Jackson Holforty, the son of Jack and Kristin Holforty of Carmel -- A graduate with academic and technical honors of Carmel High School, he received an AP Capstone Diploma. He was District 5 president of Indiana DECA, vice president of the Carmel Mayor’s Youth Council and the National History Day Club, founder and president of Ultimate Challenge Club, and a member of the state champion disc golf team. He plans to study business management, business analytics, and business law and ethics.
  • William Marxer, the son of Joseph and Michele Marxer of Carmel -- A graduate with class honors of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory High School in Indianapolis, he was a member of the National Honor Society, a National Merit Scholar finalist and an Ignatian Scholar. He was a member of the golf team and the Joseph Maley Foundation Junior Board. He plans to study finance.
  • Colin McMonagle, the son of Jennifer and Matt Clark of Noblesville -- A graduate with academic honors of Noblesville High School, he was a member of the National Honor Society and an AP Scholar with Honors. He was a four-year member of the varsity tennis team and captain of the team his junior and senior years and a member of the student union. He plans to study marketing, information systems and business analytics.
  • Lily Rexing, the daughter of John Rexing of Evansville -- Valedictorian of Benjamin Bosse High School, she received the 4.0 and Academic Kiwanis awards and was a member of the National Honor Society. She performed in the school’s marching and concert bands and the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp.’s honor concert and jazz bands. She was an all-state varsity tennis player, chapter president of Business Professionals of America and treasurer of art club. She also was recognized by the Optimist Club. She may study marketing and international business.
  • Mick Thompson, the son of Bill and Kathy Thompson of Bloomington -- A graduate of Bloomington High School North, he was an AP Scholar and member of the National Honor Society. He was co-president of the school’s Habitat for Humanity chapter and an executive for Dance Marathon and Hoosiers Outrun Cancer philanthropies. He was captain of the varsity tennis team, member of the Cougar Leader Program and a Life Skills Academy senior leader. He plans to study finance.
  • Ethan Worrall, the son of Ross Worrall and Kelley Watkins of Floyds Knobs -- A graduate with distinction from Floyd Central High School, he was a member of the National Honor Society and an AP Scholar with Distinction. He competed as part of the varsity soccer team and was an executive committee member for Dance Marathon. He also was a member of the Science Olympiad team and participated in the pep band and the science, German and STEM clubs. He plans to major in finance and business analytics and minor in German and biology.

For more information about the Kelley Scholars Program, contact the Kelley School of Business, 812-855-4474 or ksbrsvp@indiana.edu.

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