Herman B Wells, who was beloved by countless individuals in Indiana and far beyond, is renowned as a great leader of American higher education in the twentieth century. He led by word and deed, devoting his life to making Indiana University an academic and cultural institution of international stature.
He enrolled at Indiana University as an undergraduate in 1921, joined the faculty of the Department of Economics in 1930, was appointed Dean of the School of Business Administration in 1935, and began his legendary 25-year presidency of the university in 1937. Upon his retirement in 1962, he was named University Chancellor, a position he held until his death in 2000.
Through his legacy, Chancellor Wells continues to support Indiana University. In his estate, he provided for an annual graduate fellowship. The fellowship will be awarded each year to students who demonstrate the qualities for which Chancellor Wells was renowned: leadership abilities, academic excellence, character, social consciousness, and generosity of spirit. One fellowship will be awarded each year, although more than one award may be possible during a given year.
This is a single-year award valued at $42,000, in addition to student health insurance. The nominating school is strongly encouraged to provide a fee remission.
Note: The award must be used for the year it is awarded. A recipient cannot place this award into a "reserve status" because of receiving another award. The awardee of the Wells Graduate Fellowship may not accept financial assistance from another source during the award year.
Any department can nominate one doctoral or MFA student who exemplifies the characteristics of Chancellor Wells. Doctoral nominees must be at least in the second year of graduate studies and MFA nominees must be at least in the first year of graduate studies at any Indiana University campus and a regularly enrolled student during the award year. The nominee may be a candidate for a doctoral degree. A committee of faculty members will make the final selection of the awardee.