Featured Fellow: Kalei Hering

Marla Elsea
Mar 3, 2022

Phi Kappa Phi awards more than $1 million each year to students and professionals pursuing their love of learning. Of that total, $649,000 is distributed to the 62 Phi Kappa Phi Fellows, each of whom earn awards ranging from $8,500 to $35,000 as they enter their first year of graduate or professional study. Lt. Kalei Hering was the top-scoring applicant in a STEM program for 2021 and was named the Society's 1897 Fellow.

Hering graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a bachelor's degree in life science. Not only did she maintain a 4.0 GPA, but she was also a Rhodes Scholarship finalist, a Barry Goldwater scholar, a rugby player, a campus leader and more.

After graduating from West Point, she chose to continue her education at Harvard Medical School to earn her M.D. The $35,000 fellowship will help support Hering as she continues to move forward with her schooling. "I am extremely grateful to be a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship recipient and be recognized alongside individuals of the highest caliber," she said.

What's her favorite part about being in Phi Kappa Phi? "The best part of Phi Kappa Phi is having a community of other students with different majors passionate about their field of study," she shared.

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