BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Five outstanding students have been chosen as recipients of the Onward! Curtis R. Simic Scholarship for Leaders at Indiana University Bloomington. The students, all juniors, were selected because of their scholarship, leadership, and commitment to constructive university engagement.
The $1.3 million endowed scholarship fund honors Curt Simic, president emeritus of the Indiana University Foundation, for his years of service to IU and his lifelong focus on developing student leaders. Simic headed the IU Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to maximizing private-sector gift support for IU, from 1988 until his retirement in 2008. As a student at IU, Simic served as president of the IU Student Foundation and was named one of the campus’ Top Ten Seniors.
Gene Tempel, president of the IU Foundation said, “Curt Simic is a mentor as well as an innovator—always striving to inspire others to achieve their highest potential. For these students to be recognized as Simic scholars is a testament to their abilities and accomplishments. It’s fitting that Curt’s lifetime legacy of philanthropy, leadership, service, and giving back to IU continues through these young people.”
The 2010 recipients:
Marina Best, a junior from Lincolnshire, Tennessee, is majoring in finance and economics. Best has served as president and co-founder of IU Model United Nations, editor for the Undergraduate Journal of International Relations, vice president of corporate relations for the International Business Association, vice president of exchanges at AIESEC Indiana, and a research committee member at Trockman Microfinance Initiative.
Divesh Chandiramani, a junior from Mumbai, India, is majoring in finance and international business. Chandiramani has served as president of the International Business Association, treasurer of the Kelley Student Government, a peer tutor for Business X202, and a member of the Trockman Microfinance Initiative.
Kayla Douglas, a junior from Brookston, Indiana, is majoring in journalism, sociology, and African American & African Diaspora studies. Douglas has served as president of Forest Student Government, a Welcome Week assistant, vice president for programming for Read Student Government, and a writer for RS Magazine, an IU Recreational Sports publication.
Kyler Gray, a junior from Middletown, Indiana, is majoring in accounting and finance. Gray has served as vice president and site leader of Alternative Spring Break, as well as a student representative for the Scholarship Advisory Committee, a part-time supervisor for Residential Programs & Services, and a silver member of Civic Leadership Development.
Brian Holthouse, a junior from Wildwood, Missouri, is majoring in accounting and finance. Holthouse has served as vice president of programming for the Indiana Memorial Union Board. He is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, the founder of Gray Goat Cycling, and a council member on the Little 500 Riders Council.