Fort Hays State University's alumni Joan Dreiling, spring graduate summa cum laude with degrees in mathematics and physics, accepted a $5,000 Phi Kappa Phi graduate fellowship.
Dreiling plans to apply her fellowship to her pursuit of a Ph.D. in physics at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.
"Joan is an outstanding student. This award provides continuing evidence that Fort Hays State University students measure up with the best from across America," said Dr. Mark Bannister, chair of the Department of Information and Networking and Telecommunications.
Only 40 students receive the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship annually, and they are selected from the organization's member institutions. She is the second FHSU graduate to be awarded a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship in the past five years.
Bannister recognized two faculty members for their involvement in Dreiling's accomplishment. He credits Dr. Keith Dreiling, instructor of mathematics and computer science, for encouraging Dreiling to apply and assisting her in the process, and Dr. Pamela Shaffer, professor of English, for editing Dreiling's application after she was selected as FHSU's nominee.
Phi Kappa Phi, founded in 1897 with headquarters in Baton Rouge, La., is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. It inducts annually more than 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. Since its founding, more than one million members have been initiated.
Once inducted, Phi Kappa Phi members gain a lifelong passport to a global network of academic and professional opportunities. Membership is by invitation only and is offered to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.
The society has chapters at more than 300 colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. It awarded approximately $12.7 million since establishing its awards program in 1932. Today, more than $700,000 is awarded annually to qualifying members and non-members through fellowships, undergraduate study abroad scholarships, member and chapter awards, and grants for local and national literacy initiatives.
The society's mission is "to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."
For more information on this year's Phi Kappa Phi scholarship programs, contact Dr. Richard Packauskas, president of Phi Kappa Phi, or visit http://www.phikappaphi.org/Web/Scholarships/graduatefellowship.html. Current information will also be posted on bulletin boards throughout campus.