Kokomo High School Class of 2010 valedictorian William Zhao and salutatorian Elizabeth Davis have been named Indiana University Wells Scholars.
Zhao and Davis are among 18 freshmen chosen as Wells Scholars. The program is named in honor of the late Herman B. Wells, who was IU president at chancellor. Incoming freshmen 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.
Xiuzhe William Zhao is an AP Scholar with distinction and a Coca-Cola Scholar. He was founder and president of a chapter of DECA, an association for marketing students; president of the French club and a student council officer. He served as chapter and state president of Future Business Leaders of America He was chapter winner and state runner-up for the DAR Good Citizen Award. He is founder and CEO of Moringa Solution International, a nonprofit organization created to address Third-World hunger. He has written and published a book, “Fierce Urgency: Education and Future Global Competition through the Eyes of a Young Chinese Immigrant.” At IU, he plans to major in finance, economics and mathematics.
Davis is an AP Scholar with honors. She was student council president from two years and co-founded the science Olympiad team. She was co-leader of the TechnoKats robotics team and a member of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, the physics club executive board and National Honor Society. She was a four-year member of the color guard, serving as captain for two years. She has been active in Girl Scouts and the Kokomo Children’s Choir, and her artwork has been displayed in several Kokomo venues. She plans to study physics and English.