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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 2017 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship recipients:

Marcus L. Urann Fellows

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Brooke Boisseau earned the top freshman honor at The University of Southern Mississippi, the Presidential Award, because of her outstanding high school success and achievement. With the award, she began her undergraduate education guided by two self-regulating principles: first, to take advantage of every opportunity afforded her, and second, to embrace both Hattiesburg and the rest of the world as her life’s platform. These principles guided her engagement in campus life and academic achievement. She graduated with the highest academic standing in three majors—international studies, French and religion—while completing two semesters of study abroad in India and France. With interest for a career in the international legal sector, she is currently pursuing a J.D. in Human Rights Law at the University of Virginia School of Law.


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Nancy Ayer Fairbank hopes to use her knowledge and passion for the law to address homelessness, particularly as it affects youth and their ability to succeed. As a major in political science and minor in public affairs at The University of Texas at Dallas, she served as the student government vice president and was the recipient of a number of notable academic honors, scholarships and awards. For her senior honors thesis, she compared policies on poverty and homelessness in seven different countries. She also worked actively with the Innocence Project as part of her research and service. Nancy, whose goal is to become an active defender of civil rights, plans to fight to create humane policies that improve the conditions of homelessness and poverty in the U.S. and abroad. With this passion at the forefront, she is currently pursuing a J.D. at Harvard Law School.

 

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Bobby Hollingsworth realized the disparity in healthcare, especially for HIV patients, while spending his childhood in India and Botswana due to his father’s work in the Foreign Service. These experiences motivated him to pursue a career in translational research with a focus on public health problems to close the quality-of-life gap. Building on this motivation, Bobby triple majored in chemical engineering, biochemistry and chemistry at Virginia Tech. At the university, he conducted computational biochemistry research, led a small group of undergraduate researchers and created methods tutorials for a lab of more than 20 students. He also completed research at the National Institutes of Health and Harvard University. He is continuing his research efforts and academic studies through pursuit of a Ph.D. in biological and biomedical sciences at Harvard University. 


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Megan Hunt believes strongly that healthcare is a human right. As an undergraduate at Clemson University, she pursued a degree in biochemistry with minors in modern languages (Spanish) and political science, and set her sights on a career in medicine and policy. She participated in numerous research projects spanning a variety of fields, shadowed medical professionals in the U.S. and volunteered abroad in Peru, Nicaragua and rural Uganda. In addition, she rallied on Capitol Hill and met with local congressman on issues relating to healthcare access. These interactions, coupled with her own personal experiences, intensified her desire to help serve those who lack access to healthcare as both a physician and leader of policy change. She is currently pursuing an M.D. at Johns Hopkins University and plans to continue serving as a voice in the fight for healthcare access.



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Ariana C. Peruzzi has a desire to provide important voices and perspectives to marginalized populations. A graduate from the University of Houston with bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and liberal studies, Ariana’s primary interest of study is the field of moral philosophy—particularly ethics and metaethics. Through her undergraduate studies, she also developed a passion for teaching and mentoring. She used her academic pursuits, volunteer work and personal experiences as a Latina and Venezuelan-American to better understand the ethical dilemmas that can arise to persons in marginalized communities. She hopes to start conversations that offer guidance to members of these populations while prompting important moral and ethical change. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Michigan.



traboulsi-webAbd Al-Rahman Traboulsi is an advocate for an inclusive society undivided by race, beliefs or nationality. Driven by his experiences as a first-generation Syrian-American, Abd Al-Rahman witnessed the impact of conflict first-hand during trips to Syria each summer. He made a number of great achievements both as a biomedical engineering major at The Ohio State University and as a campus leader. Namely, his translational research dedicated to understanding how acute myeloid leukemia develops has been lauded by his professors and peers. In addition to achievements in the lab and classroom, he co-founded Refuge, a nonprofit organization fostering empowerment for adolescent refugees. He is currently pursuing an M.D. at Stanford University with aspirations to one day influence humanitarian policy and improved healthcare practices for displaced populations.9 



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Phi Kappa Phi Fellows


Name Chapter of Initiation
Christopher Alderman Emporia State University
Faith Baier University of Wisconsin-River Falls
April Banayan University of Southern California
Savannah Bates3 Jacksonville University
Michael S. Belcher Jr. Oregon State University
Nicholas Breslin Western Illinois University
Susanna Dart Northern Arizona University
Catherine Paige Dolan University of Delaware
Carson Eisenbeisz South Dakota State University
Katelyn Flood Pittsburg State University
Fiona Foster10 University of Kentucky
Joshua T. Fuller Texas A&M University
Lauri Gonzalez5 University of New Mexico, The
Cailin Harro Ithaca College
Sylvia Hayes4 Oklahoma City University
Stone Hendrickson Samford University
Hailey Hughes Marshall University
Nisha John1 California State University, Fresno
Nikka Khorsandi Louisiana State University
Laila Knio1 North Carolina State University
Hannah Kraemer University of Oklahoma, The
Conor Lane8 University of Michigan
Cara Lang University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Sierra Lekie Kansas State University
Iva Markicevic State University of New York at Cortland
Alexa Mason University of Texas at Austin, The
Dylan McGlone Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Lucas E. Morgan Butler University
Natalie Musselman Middle Tennessee State University
Shiv J. Patel1 Virginia Commonwealth University
Andrew J. Plague Grand Valley State University
Genevieve Prushinski Bradley University
Christopher Pudenz Hillsdale College
Jason David Ray7 Brigham Young University
Kaylee Jazz Raymer Berea College
Janelle Sampana University of California-Davis
Lucia Sanchez University of Nevada, Reno
Wendy Serra2 University of Florida
Jennifer Shaffer Georgia Southern University
Melanie Sheehan Fordham University
Thomas Eric Simonson University of North Carolina at Charlotte, The
Karen Souza Muramatsu Southeast Missouri State University
Jaime Staengel Murray State University
Hannah Stewart Elmhurst College
Rosalyn Stilling Nicholls State University
Nadiyah Suleiman6 Texas Woman's University
Tyler Swafford1 Eastern Kentucky University
Juhi Varshney1 University of Georgia
Elizabeth Wicks1 University of Mississippi, The
Sarah A. Wiegreffe College of Charleston
Jenna Wise Youngstown State University
 

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 created 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.

10 The Agatha Huepenbecker Burnet Fellow - Established in 2015, this fellowship honors the memory of Agatha Huepenbecker Burnet, a dedicated chapter officer who served the Society in leadership roles at the national, regional and chapter levels. Burnet taught textiles and clothing at Iowa State University from 1956 until her retirement in 1993. The fellowship is awarded to a top-ranking nominee in any discipline.


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