Scholarship Recipients, 2013-2014

National - Graduate Fellowship

$5,000 Marjorie Schoch Fellowship

Bret McCandless, Music

Bret Robert McCandless of Overland Park, Kan., has been awarded a Fellowship worth $5,000 by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

McCandless, the son of Tim and Jo McCandless, received bachelor's degrees in Music History and Interdisciplinary Social Science from Kansas State University. He will continue studies in Musicology and Library Science at Indiana University Bloomington.

Dr. Cochran congratulates Brett McCandless
Dr. Cochran congratulates Bret McCandless

McCandless is among 57 students nationwide to receive a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship. Since its creation in 1932, the Fellowship Program has become one of the Society's most visible and financially well-supported endeavors, allocating $345,000 annually to deserving students for first-year graduate or professional study.

Currently, 51 Fellowships of $5,000 and six of $15,000 are awarded each year. The selection process for the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships is based on the applicants' evidence of graduate potential, undergraduate academic achievement, service and leadership experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement of educational perspective and career goals, and acceptance at an approved graduate or professional program.


National - Study/Internship Abroad Grant

$1,000 Awarded

Josef Lang, Architecture

Josef Lang of Bellevue, Neb., recently was awarded a Study Abroad Grant worth $1,000 from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Lang is one of 50 students nationwide to receive the award.

Currently a senior majoring in interior architecture and product design at Kansas State University, Lang will use the grant to study abroad in Denmark.

Josef Lang celebrates initiation
 Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to support undergraduates, both members and nonmembers, as they seek expanded knowledge and experience in their academic fields. Since the program's inception in 2001, the Society has awarded more than $500,000 in Study Abroad Grants.

National - Love of Learning Awards

$500 Awarded

Barbara Amoah, Entomology

Barbara Amoah of Manhattan, Kansas, recently was awarded a Love of Learning award worth $500. She is one of 147 recipients nationwide to receive the award.

Amoah was initiated into the Society in 2013 at Kansas State University. She currently is pursuing a Ph.D. in entomology at Kansas State University. Amoah plans to use funds from the award for travel to the National Entomological Society of America Conference in Austin, Texas.

Barbara Amoah displays her certificate
The Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award program was initiated in 2007 to help fund graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, career development and travel related to teaching and studies for active Society members. The Society's robust award program grants $1 million each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards and grants for local and national literacy initiatives.

KSU Chapter Undergraduate Scholarship
$750 Scholarships Awarded
Michael KelleyPolitical Science
Amy KrausMusic Education
Liam ReillyCivil Engineering
Sarah SwensonElementary Education
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Chapter Initiations
April 23, 2014
Scholarship opportunities
First Deadline:  April 1, 2014
Cluster Meeting, Invitation
Hale Library, June 12
2014 Biennial Convention
August 7 - 9 in St. Louis, MO