News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 23, 2012

Newsmakers: Aug. 23, 2012

Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana University recently named Kevin Kuo of Terre Haute among the 500 Wells Scholars selected since the first class enrolled in 1990.

Freshman Wells Scholars are nominated by their high schools or the IU Office of Admissions and selected for having demonstrated exceptional qualities of character, leadership and distinction both inside and outside the classroom.

Kuo is an AP scholar with honor and a graduate of Terre Haute North Vigo High School. He was co-chair of the Latin Club and captain of the Academic Super Bowl and Junior Engineering Technical Society teams. He also was a member of the National Honor Society and of the Indiana Math League, Knowledge Masters Open, Rube Goldberg and Spell Bowl teams.

He was a national finalist in the 2012 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad competition and the winner of the 2011 Carnegie Mellon University Innovation Video Challenge. He received a Gold Medal in the 2011 National Classical Etymology Exam and twice earned summa cum laude recognition on the National Latin Exam. Kuo also twice won the Terre Haute Noon Optimist Club Essay Contest.

A classical and jazz musician on piano and trombone, he received top honors in state solo and ensemble competitions and was named the outstanding soloist at several Indiana jazz festivals. Terre Haute North honored him with the 2012 Louis Armstrong Award as its outstanding jazz musician. Kuo represented his school at Hoosier Boys State and was co-chair of the student ambassador group. A member of the Asian/Pacific Islander Club, he was also an after-school tutor and a volunteer at the community youth center, a homeless shelter and the children’s museum.

Already engaged in science research, Kuo plans to major in biochemistry. He will hold an Alice Adelle Freese Scholarship within the Wells Scholars Program.

The scholarship was created in honor of the late Herman B Wells, who served as IU’s president and chancellor. Incoming freshman Wells Scholars receive full tuition and course-related fees, as well as a living stipend, for four years of undergraduate study on the Bloomington campus. Scholars may choose to spend up to one of those years studying abroad. Wells Scholars hold named scholarships within the program that honor donors or those donors designate.

For more information about the Wells Scholars Program visit or call (812) 855-9491.