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  • Applicants must apply through their local chapter. Chapter deadlines vary, typically two weeks prior to the national deadline. Check with your chapter.
  • National Deadline - April 15, 2015
  • 2015 Fellowship Application

Chapters Only

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi currently awards fifty-one Fellowships of $5,000 each and six at $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.

Phi Kappa Phi is proud to present the 2014 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship recipients:

Marcus L. Urann Fellows

Ford Fourqurean has challenged himself to reach global audiences as an artist while bringing the benefits of musical expression to diverse audiences in as many communities as possible. As a music performance major at Columbus State University, Fourqurean excelled in a broad range of research, study and leadership roles. His academic and research studies abroad in Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, and Belgium have allowed him to cultivate an expertise in the global diversity of clarinet performance and musicology. Ultimately, Fourqurean hopes to share his love for performance, teaching and research as a professor one day. He is pursuing this goal as he works toward his Master of Music in Performance at Stony Brook University as a Marcus L. Urann Fellow.

Smitha Ganeshan was selected as the Alice and Russell True Foundation Fellow, which is awarded to a Marcus L. Urann Fellow pursuing a graduate education in the sciences. Ganeshan’s outstanding record of academic achievements, leadership and service activities came as an undergraduate studying biology at the University of Georgia. Ganeshan—both a scholar and a leader—notes her passion and career goal is “to help build a sustainable health system capable of caring for our entire population.” With broad exposure to public health and policy analysis through her academic career and research and internship experiences, Ganeshan aims to become a powerful change agent in healthcare. She is pursuing her M.D. at Harvard Medical School as a Marcus L. Urann Fellow.9


Cassandra Loren is pursuing a career in medicine that is highlighted by a selfless and inspirational goal: “to make advances in treatment options while compassionately providing patients with the best care possible.”  Loren is an Oregon State University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in bioengineering. Her focus on expanding the boundaries of patient treatment options and technology is evidenced through her superior academic excellence, community leadership and involvement, and internship experience. Having worked as a research intern at both Johns Hopkins University and Oregon Health and Sciences University, she has co-authored four published studies. Loren, also the recipient of a number of other notable awards, is pursuing her M.D. at Vanderbilt University as the recipient of a Marcus L. Urann Fellowship.

Nicholas Mastron aspires to one day become an advocate and policy leader for gender equality in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. Mastron graduated from the University of Memphis as a quadruple major in political science, economics, international studies and history. Beyond high academic performance even with a heavy course load, Mastron also completed a variety of well-regarded research activities and leadership roles within and beyond his campus community. As a Marcus L. Urann Fellow, he will continue his commitment to becoming a regarded public official through pursuit of a doctoral degree in public policy and administration with a concentration in gender and policy at the George Washington University Trachtenberg School.

Kym Taylor is a devoted, service-oriented leader who found her calling to become an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. She has cultivated her passion for teaching through both her career experiences and undergraduate studies of English literature at State University of New York Plattsburgh. In addition to her academic career, Taylor has served in a variety of ESL teaching roles for more than five years. Amazingly, she also found the time to sponsor and participate in musical, dance, and theatre arts on her campus and in her local community while working assistantships in three separate departments. As a Marcus L. Urann Fellow, Taylor will continue this commitment to her community as she works toward her Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

John Mackovjak aspires to become a leader in global security policy development as it relates to international military and civilian economic settings. Through his academic achievements as a systems engineering major at the United States Naval Academy and his research experience at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, he has cultivated his passion for both technology and foreign and domestic security strategies. Mackovjak complemented his academic studies with a variety of leadership roles both on campus and in his community. At the age of 15 he co-founded a non-profit organization, Riding4Hope, to raise awareness about the Wounded Warrior Project, which is dedicated to serving injured service members. Mackovjak is pursuing his master’s degree in technology and policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Marcus L. Urann Fellow.

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Phi Kappa Phi Fellows

Chapter of Initiation
Boya Abudu
Pittsburg State University
Mary-Catherine Anderson
Auburn University
Jenny Barriga
Kansas State University
Andrew M. Becker
Ithaca College
Lauren Bieniek 1 Pennsylvania State University
Katie Lynn Bonanno University of Delaware
Michael Brill
Westfield State University
Tyler D. Brown
The University of Southern Mississippi
Daniel Joseph Canuto Florida State University
Stephanie Carnell 1
Samford University
Devin J. Christensen
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Ashley Michelle Coates
University of California-Davis
Jerod Coker
The University of Oklahoma
Jason Paul Davis
Weber State University
Sarah Glenski 8
Truman State University
Holly Heinrich 5 The University of Texas at Austin
Logan Herbert
College of Charleston
Zach Hopkins 7 Brigham Young University
Derek Lee Huang 1 University of Arizona
Amy Grace Johnson
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Aakriti Kharel
Wesleyan College
Kayla Klein
University of Texas-Dallas
Binhong Lin
Angelo State University
Dominique Luster
University of Kentucky
Kaitlyn E. Mayer
University of Wisconsin-Madison
James Marion Lehto Miller 1
Michigan State University
Rebecca Monteleone 3
The Ohio State University
Clifford Steven Morrison
University of North Texas
Robert Daniel Murphy
Middle Tennessee State University
Saugher Nojan
California State University, Sacramento
Rachel M. Pollard
East Carolina University
Emma Rose Prendergast
Millikin University
Anthony Rhoads
McKendree University
Shane Del Robles
University of Texas at El Paso
Julia Schast
Elon University
Rasha Marie Shammas
University of Texas-San Antonio
Nicholas Simons
University of Central Florida
Kindall Stephens 1
Texas A&M University
Tamara Lynn Strohauer
San Diego State University
Stephanie Kate Tomys
Berry College
Jessica L. Toops 2
Western Illinois University
Tho Tran
University of Houston
Cory Trego
Lycoming College
Morgan Whitney Ulyat
Ball State University
Courtney Michelle Vaughn 1
North Carolina State University
Hugh Douglass Vondracek
University of Illinois at Chicago
Xiao Wang 4
University of Michigan
Sarah Anne Wong 6
University of the Pacific
Neilee Wood
Oklahoma City University
Weddy K. Worjroh
Villanova University
Kristin Ann Zabrecky Purdue University

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Named Fellowships

Several of Phi Kappa Phi's Fellowships have been endowed by generous donors. Below is a list that details the Society's named fellowships and the contributors who made them possible:

1 Walter and Adelheid Hohenstein Fellows - Both Dr. Walter and Adelheid Hohenstein were initiated into Phi Kappa Phi at the University of Maryland. Dr. Hohenstein was actively involved with Phi Kappa Phi for more than three decades.  In 2004, the first Hohenstein Fellow is awarded to a top ranking nominee in each of the 5 regions: Northeast, Southeast, North Central, South Central, Western and one recipient from the University of Maryland when applicable. If there is no appropriate recipient from the University of Maryland, then a Hohenstein Fellow should be selected on the basis of distinguished research or service.

2 Alfred M. Wolfe Fellow is awarded in his memory to a top ranking nominee majoring in Agriculture, Classical Latin/Ancient Greek, or English.

3 Yoerger Presidential Fellow - This fellowship, established in 2001 as a result of the generosity of Past National President Roger Yoerger is awarded each year to a student in one of the basic science disciplines (i.e., engineering, agriculture) rather than law or medicine.

4 Slater Fellow - In 1985, on his 95th birthday, Dr. James R. Slater, emeritus professor of biology at the University of Puget Sound, became the first member of the Society to make a special contribution to have a fellowship bear his name.  In awarding the Slater Fellow, preference is given to the top scorer whose undergraduate field is in the biological sciences.

5 The Deborah and John Yeakel Fellow - Dr. John A. Yeakel and his wife Deborah Yeakel established the fellowship in 2011 to support graduate education for student nominees from the state of New Mexico.  In the event that there are no nominees from a New Mexico chapter, the award will be given to any nominee pursuing graduate education in the fields of international relations, peace studies or conflict resolution.  In the event that an individual meeting either criteria is not available, the award will be given to any nominee pursuing graduate education in any field other than law.

6 Marjorie Schoch Fellow is awarded to a top ranking nominee. Mrs. Schoch earned a B.A. from Butler University and a Master of Library Science from the University of Illinois. She also enjoyed photography and travel.  She was a lifelong supporter of her local chapter and Phi Kappa Phi Foundation for which The Society has established a named fellowship in her memory.

7 Ruth E. Brasher Fellow - In recognition of years of dedicated services and in appreciation for her providing a planned gift to endow a fellowship, the Phi Kappa Phi Board of Directors created a named fellowship in honor of Dr. Ruth E. Brasher. The fellowship is awarded to the nominee from Chapter #058 at Brigham Young University should that nominee be chosen as a Fellowship recipient. If there is no fellowship recipient from this chapter, preference will be given to a recipient whose record of service is exceptional and/or whose undergraduate major is domestic and family science, should there be one.

8 Kathleen Greey Fellow - The Greey Fellowship was crested in 2001 to honor the memory of the late Kathleen Greey, a longtime chapter officer at Portland State University, who provided funds for this purpose in her estate plan. Preference will be given to one of the top-ranking nominee whose undergraduate field is other than the basic sciences.

9 The Alice and Russell True Foundation Fellow - Established in 2012, this distinction is awarded to a Marcus L. Urann Fellowship recipient pursuing graduate education in any science field.

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