The Kelley Scholarship honors the best undergraduate students entering IU to study business. Kelley Scholars receive tuition and fees, a stipend for living expenses, and other funding that may cover internships and overseas study. The award is for four years and has an annual value of about $15,000.
The Kelley Scholars Program is funded by a $23 million gift from E.W. Kelley and his family made to IU in the fall of 1997. The university named its School of Business for the Kelley family in acknowledgement of the gift.
Pai is the daughter of Bipin and Vrinda Pai of Tamarack Place. At Munster High School, she was president of the speech and debate team, secretary of the student council, a member of the National Honor Society, the vocal ensembles at Hoosier Girls' State and the varsity tennis team. She was a national qualifer in the 2005 We the People State Championships and volunteered at a local hospice.
The Kelley Scholars were selected from a group of students who had been accepted to IU and were invited to apply for the Kelley Scholars program because of their outstanding records. The application included references, a high school transcript, several personal statements on a variety of topics and an essay.
Finalists were then invited to the IU Bloomington campus for a weekend of extensive interviews with faculty members. Each candidate submitted a writing sample, toured the campus and was a guest at a dinner. The winners were selected on the basis of their performances that weekend.