Some paths are blazed by necessity. Others are made by choice.
Those who choose to be trailblazers are the braver of the two.
Twelve students in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering made the choice to become the first Luddy Scholars, the premier undergraduate scholarship program at the Luddy School. Funded by part of a transformative, $60 million gift from Fred Luddy and awarded to high-achieving students from the state of Indiana, the Luddy Scholars program provides exclusive opportunities for students to interact with tech leaders, faculty, and alumni to help them on their career path.
But it gives the students an opportunity to do so much more.
“I’m excited for all the different opportunities I’m given as a Luddy Scholar, said Anna Kim, who is majoring in computer science. “I already have a research opportunity set up starting next month, and it’s reassuring to know that you have the support from the Luddy Scholars program for future research opportunities. Being a Luddy Scholar also allows me to join a community of other students focused on academics and interested in pursuing careers in technology.
The Luddy Scholars come from every area of Indiana, bringing a variety of perspectives and experiences to the group. Esfan Haghverdi, the executive associate dean for undergraduate education at the Luddy School, teaches an exclusive class for the Luddy Scholars, and he has been impressed with the group’s academic excellence as well as their range of activities.
“You expect students like this to really excel, and I believe they will, Haghverdi says. “But they really are holistic students. Every one of them plays an instrument or has been involved in some sport. Certainly, some of that is by design since we didn’t just look at academic excellence when selecting students, but this group is really attentive to what is going on in their community. They are the types of students who really bring everything together.