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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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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