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IU School of Medicine launches Bicentennial Scholars program; offers four-year scholarships to celebrate university’s 200th anniversary

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In honor of Indiana University’s bicentennial, IU School of Medicine will recruit and recognize 10 highly accomplished students with four-year scholarships and inclusion in a leadership development program involving the school’s top executives and esteemed faculty.

The Bicentennial Scholars will matriculate in 2020, the year IU celebrates its 200th anniversary. Each scholar will receive a four-year scholarship that covers the cost of in-state tuition, with an estimated value of approximately $150,000. Students who are not Indiana residents will also receive a $10,000 annual supplement to help offset their higher tuition.

“Indiana University School of Medicine has a distinguished history of preparing skilled and compassionate physicians who go on to serve as national health care leaders,” said Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, dean of the School of Medicine and IU’s executive vice president for university clinical affairs. “The Bicentennial Scholars program will help us attract exceptional students who will continue that tradition of leading for the betterment of all.”

More than half of IU-trained physicians practice in the state, with retention rates among the nation’s best.

In addition to an outstanding academic record, Bicentennial Scholars will have demonstrated excellence in leadership. To further enhance their leadership skills, Bicentennial Scholars will participate in a formal program throughout their four years of medical school that will include:

  • Mentorship by medical education and health care leaders
  • Close interaction with faculty and senior leadership of IU School of Medicine
  • Leadership skill development

“It is our expectation that Bicentennial Scholars will serve as leaders during their time at IU School of Medicine and contribute to the ongoing transformation of medical education at the school,” said Paul M. Wallach, MD, executive associate dean for educational affairs and institutional improvement. “Equally important, we expect these students to take the skills and experiences they acquire through participation in this program and become future leaders in health care.”

Bicentennial Scholars will be selected from applicants accepted to the IU School of Medicine Class of 2024 and be notified in early 2020.

Indiana University was founded on Jan. 20, 1820, making it one of the oldest public universities in the nation. To celebrate its bicentennial, IU has developed a multiyear, multicampus program that will recognize and chronicle IU history, showcase the university’s significant contributions to the world and set a course for the next century. For more information about the bicentennial program, visit