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For Immediate Release
April 02, 2013

IPFW Announces Major Scholarship Recipients

Key Info

  • Chapman Scholars and Doermer Distinguished Scholar for 2013–14 announced
  • All recipients competed in Summit Scholars Program
  • Four-year scholarships are full-ride
  • Photos available at

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is pleased to announce the 2013–14 Chapman Scholars and the 2013–14 Doermer Distinguished Scholar. To be eligible for either of these awards, the student must first be a recipient of a Chancellor’s Distinguished Scholarship and then must take part in the Summit Scholars competition, which was held in February.

The Chapman Scholars program stresses civic engagement, leadership, and education for its recipients, who receive tuition, fees, room, board, and textbooks for four years. If the scholarships were issued today, they would be valued at $19,000 a year for in-state students and $29,000 for out-of-state students.

The 2013–14 Chapman Scholars are (in alphabetical order):

  • Kaitlyn Biere of Webster City, Iowa, is a senior at Webster City High School. Kaitlyn plans to major in elementary education at IPFW. Her high school activities include Varsity Softball, Student Council, Spanish Club, National Honor Society, and Lynx Mentoring Program
  • Austin Gagnon of Coldwater, Mich., is a senior at Coldwater Senior High School. Austin will study electrical engineering at IPFW. His high school activities include Pep Band, YMCA Michigan Youth in Government, Branch County Community Foundation, National Honor Society, and Feeding Branch County volunteer.
  • Dusty Gremaux, of Decatur, Ind., is a senior at Adams Central High School. Dusty intends to major in pre-veterinary science at IPFW. Her high school activities include Art Club, Business Professionals of America, Varsity Swim Team, National Honor Society, 4-H Junior Leader and Ambassador.
  • Madison Seifert, of Auburn, Ind., is a senior at DeKalb High School. Madison plans to study business management and administration at IPFW. Her high school activities include DeKalb Human Shelter Volunteer, Miss America Organization ambassador, National Honor Society, DeKalb Outdoor Theater, DeKalb Classic Connection Show Choir.

The recipient of the Doermer Distinguished Scholar award must major in business and will be paired with a faculty mentor and a mentor in the business community. They will also be invited to attend Business Advisory Council and Alumni Council meetings and other events, allowing them the opportunity to network with leaders in the business community.

The Doermer Distinguished Scholar for 2013–14 is:

  • Damon Gerber, of Bluffton, Ind., is a senior at Norwell High School. He plans to major in accounting. Damon’s high school honors and activities include National Honor Society, Student Council, Wells County Foundation Award recipient, Campus Life, and volunteer work at various agencies in Bluffton and Fort Wayne.

For more information on the scholarships and their recipients, contact Laurie Bell, executive director of Major Scholarships and the Chapman Scholars Program, at 260-481-0535 or Downloadable photos of the students are available.