Every year, Omicron Delta Kappa awards scholarships and fellowships to more than 45 collegiate members to continue their educations through graduate and professional study. Scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $5,000. These recipients demonstrate exceptional academic performance and leadership abilities.
Washington and Lee University
Kenneth P. Ruscio (Washington and Lee University) Scholarship
Arizona State University, W. P. Carey School of Business, Ph.D.
Teresa Aires graduated cum laude from Washington and Lee University (W&L) in 2019. After earning her Bachelor of Science with a double major in business administration and society, Teresa enrolled at Maastricht University in The Netherlands. There, she continued her studies in organizational behavior. She graduated cum laude from Maastricht with a Master of Science with a major in work and organizational psychology. Much of Teresa’s master’s research focused on sleep deprivation’s impact on employees’ state of mindfulness.
As an undergraduate at W&L, Teresa was involved with the ski and snowboard club and the school’s Center for International Education. In addition, she was a resident advisor, peer counselor, campus tour guide, and student assistant. After earning her master’s degree, Teresa worked as an organizational psychologist at Vitamina P, a private practice in Lisbon, Portugal. She has begun her Ph.D., majoring in business administration with a concentration in management, at Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business.
Mercer University, School of Business, M.B.A.
Nicholas Barber graduated magna cum laude from Mercer University in May 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in business management. While at Mercer, he was initiated into and participated in honor societies such as Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Eta Sigma. Nicholas served as a student instructor for the school’s principles of finance course, vice president of Omicron Delta Kappa, vice chair of College Republicans, and student correspondent on the Student Government Association’s Campus Safety and Improvements Committee. He was a member of Mercer’s Judicial Council and Mercer’s Honor Council.
In recognition of his dedication to the development of the university, Nicholas was awarded the BEAR Award for Outstanding Campus Involvement at the Student Leadership Awards Ceremony. He also received the Outstanding Award in Management presented at the Honor’s Convocation Ceremony. He is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration with a finance concentration and a Fintech graduate certificate at Mercer University.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
University of Virginia, School of Architecture, M.U.E.P.
Meredith Beavers graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Tech (VT) with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in smart and sustainable cities. In addition, she received a Bachelor of Arts with a major in political science and minors in leadership and social change and visual arts. While at VT, Meredith studied abroad in Switzerland and Ethiopia, spent a semester on co-op at a local planning commission, and was selected to represent her school at a national leadership conference. She held numerous leadership roles, including serving as a residence hall president, college ambassador, and orientation leader. Meredith also held the position of vice president for honorifics for her O∆K circle.
In recognition of her leadership, service, and professionalism, Meredith was awarded the Virginia American Planning Undergraduate with Professional Promise Award, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Dean’s Round Table Scholarship, and the Aspire! Award for Embracing Ut Prosim (“That I May Serve”) as a Way of Life. Meredith is attending the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture, pursuing a master’s degree in urban plus environmental planning.
University of Mississippi
Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, J.D.
Levi Bevis graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi in May 2019, earning a Bachelor of Arts with a major in public policy leadership. He received the Ole Miss Circle’s Freshman Leadership Award for his work in student government. During his time on campus, Levi served in the student government for three years, worked as an opinion writer at the student-run campus newspaper highlighting LGBTQ+ issues, and co-founded a student organization to advocate for a more inclusive environment on campus and across the state. In addition, he served as a legislative intern for a U.S. Senator in Washington, D.C., and worked with the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement to develop a policy proposal plan with a public library system to improve digital services for the residents in the region.
Levi recently completed a Master of Arts with a major in emerging studies at Boston University. He will continue his education as a law student at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Levi plans to pursue a career in law and policy, especially in the areas of immigration law and LGBTQ+ civil rights law.
University of Massachusetts Lowell
University of Massachusetts Lowell, M.S.
Jack Blake graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) in May 2022, earning a Bachelor of Arts with a major in psychology and a concentration in behavioral analysis. During his undergraduate career, he completed research internships and projects in applied behavior analysis (ABA) and psychology. Jack also completed an honors fellowship in music performance. He founded the Student Association for Behavior Analysis, served as a student ambassador for his master’s program, and received the Outstanding Undergraduate Award.
In the Fall 2022 term, Jack will matriculate in the Master of Science in Applied Behavioral Analysis and Autism Studies at UML. He aspires to become a board-certified behavior analyst and complete his thesis. Jack is completing his supervised fieldwork at a local ABA agency as a behavior technician. He is passionate about research on dissemination and quantitative analyses of behavior. Jack intends to earn a Ph.D. in ABA after finishing his master’s degree.
Florida International University
University of North Carolina Greensboro, School of Education, Ph.D.
Katelyn Bodwell is currently an assistant director with the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement at the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG). She and her colleagues provide leadership for community engagement efforts through various service programs on campus. Prior to joining UNCG, Katelyn earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in music from Rollins College. Subsequently, she completed a Master of Arts with a major in educational leadership with a concentration in higher education/student personnel from the University of Central Florida. Before starting at UNCG, Katelyn served as a coordinator with the Center for Leadership and Service at Florida International University and is a two-time AmeriCorps member.
Currently, Katelyn is enrolled in UNCG’s Ph.D. in educational studies with a concentration in cultural foundations program. Her goals include studying the relationship between culture and education to strengthen service programs at colleges and universities. Katelyn hopes to provide research that will enhance ethical and effective engagement across the country.
University of Richmond
University of Richmond (Stephen D. Bisese) Scholarship
Duke University, School of Law, J.D.
Mackenzie Brabham graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Richmond (UR) in May 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in healthcare studies. While at Richmond, she served as president of her sorority and president of Mortar Board. In addition, throughout her four years, Mackenzie was a member of the University Honor Council, orientation leader, member of the student government, and a student representative on the University’s Board of Trustees.
During her studies, Mackenzie also balanced volunteering for Crisis Text Line, a mental health organization, in her free time. Pursuing her interests in government and health care, Mackenzie worked internships for two pharmaceutical companies as well as for the House of Representatives over her four years at UR. Mackenzie is passionate about law and government and began pursuing a Juris Doctor from Duke University’s School of Law in Fall 2022. With her degree, she hopes to practice law focusing on its intersection with health care.
Lincoln Memorial University
Rupert Nelson Latture Scholarship
Lincoln Memorial University, Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, D.O.
Emma L. Bradley graduated from Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) summa cum laude in May 2022 with a biology pre-medicine degree and a chemistry minor. While at LMU, Emma held leadership roles in the Honors Scholars Program, Student Government Association, Student Activities Board, and several other student-led organizations. She also worked as a peer tutor and mentor through LMU’s student services tutoring program. As two-term president of the Honors Scholars Association, Emma was selected by the National Collegiate Honors Council as the 2021 Community Engagement Award recipient for her work on a Little Free Library project in Harrogate, Tennessee.
In addition to her student leadership and community service work, Emma also received recognition for her research project involving microsurgery and scanning electron microscopy to map copepod anatomy. She received the Appalachian College Association’s Ledford Research Scholarship to complete this project and presented her findings at several academic conferences. Emma is a first-year medical student at the Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine to become a practicing physician in the Appalachian area after graduation.
Key Fund Scholarship
Emory University, Gouizueta Business School, M.B.A.
Justin Bright is completing a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He is specifically pursuing a concentration in information systems and operation management and consulting. Justin serves as the vice president for marketing for the Mu Circle at Emory. In addition, he is the vice president of programming for the Goizueta Black Student Association, an event intern for the Office of Sustainability Initiatives, and a peer mentor for the Ethics and Servant Leadership Forum. As an outstanding student, Justin has been named to the Goizueta Dean’s List.
This year, Justin will be the teaching assistant for Marketing 443: Integrated Marketing Communications and Organizational Management 432: Negotiations. He will soon commence pursuing his M.B.A. at Goizueta.
University of Kent, M.Sc.
Cutler Cannon graduated magna cum laude from Emory University in May 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and a focus on pre-medical studies. While at Emory, Cutler completed an honors thesis and worked as a student researcher with a medical ethnobotany lab that is dedicated to studying the chemistry of medicinal plants used around the world in efforts to characterize novel compounds for antibiotic drug discovery. In Summer 2021, Cutler traveled to the Amazon as a medical ethnobotany intern to research anti-inflammatory plant use among indigenous Shaman communities.
Cutler served as president of the Emory Chapter of the Botanical Society of America, interfaith chair for the Jewish Student Union, and president of the Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honor Society. He also played a fundamental role in Emory HELPS Guatemala, an organization that coordinates medical service trips to underserved Latin American populations. In recognition of his service and scholarship, Cutler received the Dean’s Achievement Scholarship, the Henry L. Bowden Scholarship, and the Departmental Award for Leadership and Service in Linguistics. He is currently pursuing an MSc in medical ethnobotany at the University of Kent, and he plans to attend medical school to pursue a career in integrative medicine.
Matthew B. Nobles Scholarship for International Studies
Oxford Brookes University, School of Social Sciences, M.Sc.
Christian Citattei graduated summa cum laude from Salisbury University in May 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in geography (geographic information science track) and a minor in biology. He was active in multiple areas of campus life while at Salisbury University, including his participation as an athlete and captain of the cross country and track and field teams. In addition, Christian was a section leader in the “Salisbury Pops” Concert Band, a frequent volunteer in the community, and a lab assistant in the Geographic Information Science lab.
As an undergraduate, Christian developed a passion for research working on projects about primate behaviors. His research efforts facilitated Christian being named a Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipient, Fulbright – Brazil scholar, and Rhodes Scholarship finalist. He will take his passion and research with primates for their continued protection into his graduate school pursuits at Oxford Brookes University in the Master of Science program in primate conservation.
Albrecht Arts Scholarship
Rider University, College of Education and Human Services, M.A.
Danielle Costanzo graduated magna cum laude from Muhlenberg College. She earned a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in dance science and theatre. During her time at Muhlenberg, she was a course tutor for anatomy and kinesiology, biology of movement, and biological and abnormal psychology classes. In addition, Danielle served as a panelist for new admission recruits and was very active as a performer in multiple dance and theatre productions. She was secretary for the Muhlenberg College Circle and helped organize and promote circle service projects and create awareness of O∆K for prospective members. Danielle is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Danielle has been involved in community activities, including a term serving as the Model World Health Organization president and as a volunteer for the Art Therapy program for her local hospital and the National Alliance for Mental Illness. She is pursuing a Master of Arts at Rider University in the clinical mental health counseling program, with a concentration in dance and movement therapy. Danielle hopes to help others through creativity and the healing method of movement.
William Woods University
Michael Barla Scholarship
Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Evening Conservatory, Cert.
Emma Cunningham graduated magna cum laude from William Woods University (WWU) with a Bachelor of Arts with double majors in American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting and theatre performance. They also completed the requirements for a minor in ASL. As a member of the Alpha Psi Omega’s Alpha Epsilon chapter and Jester’s Theatre company, Emma held various executive positions during their time at WWU, including president of both organizations during their senior year. They consistently led by example in their theatre department and the campus community throughout their time at WWU. Emma was a Peer Educator, University Ambassador, and an active American Sign Language Honor Society member.
Emma is currently enrolled in the two-year Evening Conservatory at Stella Adler Studio of Acting and will earn a Certificate of Completion. In addition to their studies, they will be working as a contracted ASL interpreter with local agencies and companies. After completing the Evening Conservatory, Emma hopes to attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and complete a master’s in performance studies.
Gisella De La Rua
University of Miami
Laura Larissa Morgan (University of Miami) Scholarship
University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Herbert Business School, M.D., M.B.A.
Giselle De La Rua graduated from the University of Miami in May 2021 with her Bachelor of Science with a major in neuroscience. She also earned minors in chemistry and health management and policy. While completing her undergraduate degree, Giselle served as the president of the University of Miami Circle and vice president of La Federación de Estudiantes Cubanos. She was also a resident assistant, MCAT tutor, and campus tour guide. In addition to her leadership pursuits, Giselle was also involved in undergraduate research at the Peritz Scheinberg Cerebral Vascular Disease Research Laboratory and recently published a study in biomolecules.
Giselle will use her scholarship to pursue her M.D./M.B.A. at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine and Herbert Business School. She is interested in pain management and exploring opportunities to improve patient experiences across the healthcare sector.
Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, D.M.A.
Coral Douglas is a composer, flutist, and electronic artist. She received a Bachelor of Music from LaGrange College in 2020 and a Master of Music from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2022. As a composer, her focus lies within complex textures and expressivity, owing much of their conception to the shared space between psychology and music. Coral’s compositions often seek to destroy traditional linear models through formal innovation. She values composer-performer collaboration as an extension of their ontological philosophy.
Coral’s music has been played by ensembles and soloists such as loadbang, the Trace Chamber Society, flutist Alina Windell, and the International Contemporary Ensemble. Her works have been performed in various venues and events, such as the Vienna Summer Music Festival, Washington State University Festival of Contemporary Art Music, 2022 MMRC/MARC Festival at the University of Kansas, 2021 Walden’s Creative Musicians Retreat, and University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s Flyover Concert Series. Coral is a recipient of one of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s 2022 Ida M. Vreeland Awards in Music. In 2019, Coral was also awarded the John R. Hines Award for her Symphony No. 1. She will continue her work toward a doctorate at Cornell University.
Bowling Green State University
Diane and Tom Vukovich Scholarship
Bowling Green State University, School of Art, M.A.
Jeffrey E. Eden is a second-year Master of Art candidate studying art history at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). His research is focused on East Asian ink painting and its intersectionality with Chinese political history through an examination of the work of celebrated painter Fu Baoshi. Jeffrey earned his Master of Fine Arts in two-dimensional studio art at BGSU in 2021. His graduate exhibition, Canopies, served as the progenitive springboard for later study with its novel use of traditional East Asian ink painting married with Western sensibility.
Previously, Jeffrey earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a major in fine and studio arts and a concentration in drawing, in 2011 from Ohio Wesleyan University. He later apprenticed and worked as a professional tattoo artist and piercer. In addition, Jeffrey has served as a first-year studio art instructor. He holds membership in Omicron Delta Kappa and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. If Jeffrey cannot be found with his nose in a book, one may find him entranced in his studio, laboring away at a painting.
Lake Forest College
Illinois State University, School of Kinesiology and Recreation, M.S.
Emelia Edmondson graduated magna cum laude from Lake Forest College (LFC) in May 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in marketing and a minor in English. While at LFC, she was most recently an intern for the school’s athletic department, with her primary project focused on developing a career program for students interested in pursuing a career within intercollegiate athletics. In addition to being involved with Omicron Delta Kappa, Emelia was involved in several activities on campus, including the NCAA women’s hockey team, the Student Academic Advisory Committee for Business, Economics and Finance, and TEDxLakeForestCollege. During her time at LFC, she also completed internships with the Milwaukee Brewers, Northwestern University Athletics, and the Wisconsin Woodchucks Baseball Club.
Emelia is continuing her education at Illinois State University (ISU), where she will pursue a Master of Science with a major in sport management within the School of Kinesiology and Recreation. She is also working as a game operations graduate assistant in the Athletics Department at ISU.
University of Texas at Arlington
Chellgren Family Endowed Scholarship
University of Texas at Arlington, College of Engineering, M.S.
Binoy George graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. During his undergraduate career, Binoy served as a tutor and a supplemental instruction leader for the math department, webmaster for the Honors College Council, public relations officer for the Martial Arts and the Electrical Engineering Autonobots clubs, and as a student advisor for the Electrical Engineering department. In recognition of his leadership roles and volunteering efforts, he was awarded the Leadership Honors and Maverick Advantage at his graduation.
At UTA, Binoy has also participated in undergraduate research, developing ultra wide-band based robot localization techniques, which has bigger implications for self-driving cars. He has won many scholarships and awards for his contributions to research, including the Honors Research fellowship, Undergraduate Research Experience award, and the Phi Kappa Phi fellowship. As a master’s student, he is currently specializing in the controls field, continuing his research on localization of robots and deep learning, with plans to become a research professor in the field of autonomous vehicles.
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, D.O.
Margaret Giggey graduated summa cum laude from Salisbury University in May 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in biology – biomedical sciences. She completed the pre-medicine track and obtained three minors in chemistry, deaf studies, and outdoor education and leadership. While at Salisbury, Margaret was a competitive NCAA DIII swimmer, a three-year resident assistant, and an honors ambassador for the Clarke Honors College. In addition, she was the vice president/secretary of the American Sign Language club and the two-year Editor-in-Chief of Laridae, Salisbury’s first-ever undergraduate research/academic journal. In her last year at Salisbury, Margaret planned a deaf bingo event open to the public, finished an honor’s thesis on genetic hearing loss, and completed an independent research project to determine the length of a deletion in a participant with hearing loss.
Beyond her leadership at Salisbury, Margaret held a part-time job in her last semester as an independent living advisor for the deaf and hard of hearing at the Deaf Independent Living Association. She will attend the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and is considering a family physician practice or a specialty in neonatology or clinical genetics. Margaret is also a Phi Kappa Phi Fellow.
University of Maryland, College Park
Medical University of South Carolina, College of Health Professions, M.S.P.A.S.
Isabella Gordon graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. While at Maryland, she volunteered as a member and served as service vice president of Alpha Phi Omega, coordinating volunteer opportunities to benefit the campus, community, and nation. Isabella worked as a tutor for UMD’s Academic Achievement Programs, supporting low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented first-year students. She was also a campus leader in The Bandana Project, a mental health awareness and suicide prevention campaign that uses backpacks and bandanas to support peers in getting help.
While at Maryland, Isabella also served as an undergraduate teaching assistant for kinesiology and special education classes, club soccer safety officer and secretary, and was a member of UMD’s pre-Physician Club. In recognition of her extensive involvement, she was selected as the School of Public Health’s commencement speaker and as a senior marshal. Isabella was also recognized as the recipient of the 2020 Dean’s Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award. She is passionate about medicine and public health. Currently, Isabella is pursuing a master’s degree in physician assistant studies at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Wake Forest University
High Point University, Graduate School, M.P.A.S.
Zachary Gregory graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University (WFU) in December 2020 with a Bachelor of Science with a major in health and exercise science. During his undergraduate career, he served as president of Take the Fight to Cancer. This non-profit student-led organization assists patients at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Atrium Health Wake Baptist. Zachary also conducted concussion research in youth athletes as well as osteoarthritis and weight loss research at WFU. As vice president of the Wake Forest University Circle, he utilized his research and volunteer experiences to reach out and recruit other students to get involved in the Winston-Salem community.
Zachary is currently enrolled in High Point University’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies program. He is learning how to become an effective healthcare provider who practices with compassion and empathy. Zachary has a great interest in pediatrics and orthopedics and is excited to finally fulfill his passion for serving others.
Washington and Lee University
John R. Alford Scholarship in Law
University of Texas, School of Law, J.D.
Mason Grist is a second-year law at the University of Texas School of Law. He graduated cum laude from Washington and Lee University (W&L) in May 2018, earning bachelor’s degrees in economics and religion and minors in classics and poverty and human capabilities studies. While at W&L, Mason held a variety of student leadership positions, including two terms as president of the Executive Committee of the Student Body. He also led first-year students on week-long pre-orientation hikes on the Appalachian Trail, which nurtured his avid love of the outdoors.
After graduating from W&L, Mason worked at the Hanover Research Council, a higher education market research and data analytics firm in Washington, D.C. He has also been an active volunteer for the Society, most notably as a member of O∆K’s Annual Giving Subcommittee and a donor. Mason spent the summer after his first year of law school clerking at Vinson & Elkins, a law firm based in Houston, Texas. He primarily gained experience in the venture capital and mergers and acquisitions practice areas, and he hopes to continue pursuing a career in corporate law upon graduation.
John Karlem Riess Scholarship
University of Oxford, M.St.
Sarah Guggemos graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts with majors in English and political science. After her initiation into the Tulane Circle, she was elected as one of its three co-presidents. While at Tulane, Sarah was an active member of the Undergraduate Student Government, the Green Wave Ambassadors, and the Panhellenic Council. She also interned with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services and Tulane University’s Upward Bound Program. For the past year, Sarah has worked as the Project Director of the Transitional Justice Evaluation Tools Project (TJET). TJET is a collective of researchers from Harvard University and Tulane University whose research aims to discover evidence-based trends in transitional justice and human rights issues. Sarah’s interest in this work formed while she studied abroad in The Hague in 2019.
This fall, Sarah will read for her master’s degree in English and American studies at the University of Oxford. She’s looking forward to working on her dissertation with the resources offered by the Faculty of English and the Rothermere American Institute. Sarah hopes to think critically and creatively about the challenges facing the United States through a career as an author and academic.
Auburn University Scholarship
International Institute of Orthotics and Prosthetics, M.S.
Reagan Handley is a 2022 magna cum laude graduate of Auburn University, where she earned a Bachelor of Materials Engineering. While at Auburn, Reagan served as the director of selections for the Cupola Engineering Ambassadors and as a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. She was also vice president of marketing for the Beat Bama Food Drive. Reagan’s food drive team had a record-breaking senior year raising 352,389 pounds of food for the Food Bank of East Alabama (the equivalent of 500,000 meals). In addition, she was a member of 100+ Strong Women, the Materials Engineering Society, and the Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society at Auburn.
Reagan’s passions lie in the health care profession and engineering solutions to better the lives of the patients she serves. Reagan is pursuing her Master of Science with a major in orthotics and prosthetics from the International Institute of Orthotics and Prosthetics in Tampa, Florida. She hopes to eventually work with pediatric amputees, children born with birth defects, or veterans to assist them in having active lives.
William M. Blount Scholarship
University of Alabama, College of Communication and Information Sciences, Ph.D.
Joseph Honeycutt graduated magna cum laude from Jefferson State Community College (JSCC) in May 2020 with his associate in arts. While at JSCC, Joseph served as Zeta Chapter president for Sigma Chi Eta, helped start an online student newspaper, and competed with the speech and debate team. Additionally, he created and led a new mascot campaign contest for the institution that awarded three one-semester scholarships to students. Joseph’s efforts were acknowledged with his receipt of JSCC’s prestigious James B. Allen Award.
After finishing his associate’s degree, Joseph went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in communications studies and graduate summa cum laude from the University of Montevallo in December 2021. At Montevallo, he helped pilot a new deliberative communication forum for students, Falcon Facilitators, by serving as lead facilitator. Joseph’s student research has been accepted for three conference presentations, with the most recent being selected as a top undergraduate paper. In 2021, Montevallo’s Department of Communication recognized him with the Commitment to the Discipline Award. Joseph has been accepted into the University of Alabama’s expedited doctoral program in the College of Communication and Information Sciences. His goal after completion of his Ph.D. is to teach in higher education.
James Barker (Clemson University) Scholarship
Clemson University, College of Business, M.B.A.
Lucy Jacobs graduated summa cum laude from Clemson University in May 2022. During her time at Clemson University, she worked on many research projects, completed an internship at BMW in the planning and steering department, participated with the club soccer team, and attended numerous networking events with the various clubs in which she was involved. One of Lucy’s favorite leadership opportunities came when working with Clemson Miracle to raise more than $50,000 for the local Prisma Health Hospital and planning the dance marathon event.
Lucy began her Master of Business Administration degree in August 2022 with hopes of broadening her skill set and network while narrowing her specific career goals. Her internship experience at BMW helped her see the value in pursuing her M.B.A., and she looks forward to specifically exploring the lessons in marketing as part of this degree program. Lucy plans to enter the field of business with an informed set of goals and a strong passion for success.
Anna Maria Johnson
University of Texas, John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School, M.D.
Anna Maria Johnson graduated magna cum laude from Davidson College with a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Hispanic studies and biology. She served as vice president of the Davidson Circle during her senior year. Anna Maria worked to organize the initiation processes and helped to organize current members of the circle to ensure all the events were a success. In addition to her role within O∆K, she served as the chair of the Civic Engagement Council at Davidson for two years and worked with more than 32 service organizations to engage the student body in local service and beyond. In addition, Anna Maria was the president of the Davidson College Global Health Club and led two very fruitful medical service trips to Central America.
Anna Maria will attend the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas to pursue her M.D. She is passionate about serving others and is excited to continue her journey toward becoming a physician.
John D. Morgan Scholarship
Rollins College, M.B.A.
Angelina Khourisader is a fourth-year student at Rollins College who has completed an undergraduate degree in computer science and will start her M.B.A. in Fall 2023 as part of Rollins College’s three/two accelerated M.B.A. program. Eventually, she plans to attend law school and both her undergraduate degree and graduate degree in business to assist her in pursuing a career in intellectual property law.
While at Rollins College, Angelina has been an involved member of the school’s O∆K circle. She served as the communications chair for the 2021-22 and is serving as the vice-president for the 2022-23 academic year. Angelina has been a member of two different NCAA DII athletics teams – cross country and sailing. She will be serving as the co-captain of the sailing team for the 2022-23 academic year. At Rollins, Angelina has served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for both of her athletic teams and represented her sailing team in the South Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (SAISA). In particular, she worked on the conference’s TIDE committee, which focuses on increasing inclusion, diversity, and equity within sailing. Angelina has been selected as a 2021-22 Academic All-American for sailing.
St. Lawrence University
Key Fund Scholarship
University of Texas at Austin, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, M.G.P.S.
Shiru Kimani graduated magna cum laude from St. Lawrence University (SLU) in May 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in international economics and multilanguage (French/Arabic) with a minor in statistics. While at SLU, she participated in undergraduate research on topics such as resolving long-lasting controversial theories on food security, Kenya’s economy, and Chinese foreign direct investments. Shiru Kimani served as a community assistant, co-president of the SLU Bible Study Club, concert co-chair of the Associate of Campus Entertainment, and student ambassador for SLU’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She was also selected as a scholar of the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program.
In recognition of her extensive campus involvement, academic excellence, and exemplary leadership, Shiru was awarded the Outstanding First-Year Student Award. She was also on the Dean’s List and is a member of the school’s economics honorary. Shiru also received the Gilman Scholarship for her study abroad experience in France. She is passionate about international development and finance. Shiru is currently pursuing a master’s degree in global policy studies at the University of Texas at Austin with the goal of becoming an American diplomat.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education, M.S.Ed.
Kristen Loughlin graduated summa cum laude from West Chester University of Pennsylvania (WCU) in 2021 with bachelor’s degrees in early grades preparation and special education. She also earned a minor in Music Performance. While at WCU, Kristen conducted undergraduate research, studying the influence of music instruction on young children’s literacy development. Her research has been published in journals of the Keystone State Literacy Association and the Play, Policy, and Practice Connections Forum of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. In addition, Kristen’s work will also be included in a forthcoming issue of the Southern Early Childhood Association’s journal, Dimensions of Early Childhood.
Kristen’s undergraduate involvement also included leadership positions in the university’s Honors College, Student Pennsylvania Education Association, Omicron Delta Kappa, and the service organization Rams for Reading. She has been recognized for her achievements as a Women in Leadership and Service Scholar, a Dr. Peter H. Garland Public Service Scholar, and an Undergraduate Research Institute Scholar. Kristen is currently an elementary educator in the greater Philadelphia area and is pursuing her master’s degree in teaching, learning, and leadership at the University of Pennsylvania.
Western Colorado University
University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work, M.S.W.
Morgan Milmore graduated summa cum laude from Western Colorado University (WCU) in June 2019 with bachelor’s degrees in political science and psychology and a minor in philosophy. While completing her undergraduate studies, she spearheaded the WCU Circle’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Morgan was a resident assistant, a student representative on the university’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, and an advocate and policy writer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for Model United Nations. She was also an active leader within the WCU Circle, named to the dean’s list, and enjoyed performing in numerous productions held by the Western Theatre Company.
After graduation, Morgan received the Alumni Excellence Award in recognition of her continued involvement with Western’s clubs and strong relationships with WCU’s faculty. She is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work at the University of Denver. Morgan has interned with Denver Public Schools assisting adolescents struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and substance issues. She is also working at Denver Springs, a behavioral health hospital, to help others.
Southern Connecticut State University
Key Fund Scholarship
Plymouth State University, M.Ed.
Amanda Murray completed her undergraduate degree at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) in 2020, where she graduated magna cum laude, earning a bachelor’s degree in public health and a minor in leadership development. At SCSU, she participated as a member of the women’s varsity lacrosse team at the NCAA Division II level. In addition, Amanda served in many other leadership roles, including being a peer mentor, success navigator, and secretary of the SCSU Circle. She received multiple awards and honors at SCCU, including the Outstanding Sophomore of the Year Award in 2018 and earning honors recognition for four years. Amanda was repeatedly named to the North-East 10 Division II Academic Honor Roll.
Amanda is presently working on her Master of Education degree, with a focus on K-12 school counseling, at Plymouth State University. She has been a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Life and volunteered in her community by coaching girls’ sports at a local middle school. Amanda, who has type 1 diabetes herself, has also been the assistant director with the American Diabetes Associations’ Camp Carefree. She has worked at a local elementary school and plans to start her career in school counseling shortly after graduation.
Missouri Southern State University
Kansas City University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, D.O.
Madison Nagel graduated with honors from Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) in May 022 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She earned her undergraduate degree through MSSU’s Advanced Medical School Acceptance Program. Madison was president of the Missouri Southern Circle, vice president of the student senate, vice president of Women in Science, and outreach coordinator for the Society of Physics Students and Chemistry Club. She was also a member of several other organizations. Aside from her student involvement, Madison also served as a teaching assistant for the school’s Advanced Human Dissection course.
In recognition of her various leadership roles and commitment to service, Madison was awarded the Glenn Dolence Leader of the Year Award in 2022. She is currently pursuing her dream of becoming a physician at Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She hopes to one day provide healthcare to rural areas experiencing a physician shortage.
Scott R. Goodale Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Louisiana State University, School of Architecture, M.Arch.
Lindsey Osbon graduated summa cum laude from Millsaps College in May 2021 with a degree in accounting and a minor in studio arts. While at Millsaps, she held numerous leadership positions, including serving as vice president of the Pi Circle, president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), treasurer of her sorority, and secretary of the Diversity Council. Lindsey was the captain of the softball team, recognized as an all-conference player, and a member of Millsap’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. In addition to being a member of O∆K, Lindsey is an initiate of seven other honor societies.
In recognition of her extensive involvement and stellar academic performances, Lindsey was named a Millsaps Presidential Scholar and an Else School Senior Scholar. She is the recipient of Kappa Delta’s highest honor – the Corre Award. Lindsey also received the FCA’s Bill Buckner Impact Award. She is pursuing a Master of Architecture at Louisiana State University to become a licensed architect and businesswoman. Lindsey was awarded the School of Architecture’s Faculty Design Academic Achievement Award in her first year at LSU. She also serves as treasurer for LSU’s American Institute of Architecture Students and the class representative on the college’s Design Council.
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Maryland, College Park, College of Education, Ph.D.
M Pease is a doctoral student in counseling psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). An initiate of the Sigma Circle, they earned their Bachelor of Science at UMD in psychology with high honors and minors in Asian American studies and public leadership in 2022. Some of their involvements included serving or volunteering with the University Senate, Help Center, the Gender, Culture, and Health Lab, the APIDA Social Justice Task Force, and the Prevention Research Center. M has been recognized with UMD’s Model Citizenship Prize. She was also the student commencement speaker and has been selected as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.
M’s research interests broadly include race, gender, and sexuality and how systems and experiences of oppression contribute to mental health disparities, especially for LGBTQ+ and Asian American communities. They are also interested in ways to bridge psychological science with efforts that tangibly improve conditions for marginalized communities towards social justice and equity. M hopes to advance greater compassion, empathy, love, and justice in structural policies, institutional practices, and interpersonal and therapeutic relationships in their work.
Texas Woman’s University
Key Fund Scholarship
University of Texas at El Paso, College of Health Sciences, M.S.
Serena Pedroza graduated summa cum laude from Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in May 2022, earning a Bachelor of Science with a major in communication sciences and a minor in biology. She served as vice president of her circle during the 2021-22 academic year, successfully arranging the initiation of two classes of new members and tripling the number of circle participants. Serena also worked as an academic support assistant on campus, where she planned programs to promote academic success among residents. She was also a member of the Athenian Honor Society, for which she composed a capstone thesis on the dangers of occupational noise-induced hearing loss. In addition, Serena participated in undergraduate research with her botany professor, in which she helped develop a pollen database using samples from the TWU garden.
Serena is currently working to earn her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Texas at El Paso. After graduation, she hopes to work with premature infants as a newborn intensive care unit (NICU) speech pathologist.
University of South Carolina – Columbia
Louise and William Latture Scholarship
Villanova University, Charles Widger School of Law, J.D.
Kylie Purcaro graduated magna cum laude with leadership distinction in professional and civic engagement from the University of South Carolina (UofSC). She earned a double major in marketing and human resource management and a minor in criminal justice. As an undergraduate, Kylie served as the president of the Chi Circle, treasurer for Chi Omega, director of Hospital Relations for UofSC Dance Marathon, and pledge education chair for Alpha Kappa Psi. She was also a two-year peer leader for the University 101 Peer Leadership Program and worked as a student intern in the program’s office.
In recognition of Kylie’s involvement on campus and beyond, she was awarded the Thomas Moore Craig Outstanding O∆K Junior Award, Chi Omega’s Symphony Sister Scholarship, and UofSC’s Outstanding Senior Award. She was the 2022 Circle Leader of the Year Award for the Chi Circle. Kylie is attending Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law and pursuing her J.D. degree with hopes of working to empower women in law and business through working a career in business law.
George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health, M.P.H.
Jasmine Robinson graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown College in May 2022. She earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in sociology, with an emphasis on community health and sustainability. Jasmine also completed a minor in public health. She served as vice president of chapter wellness for Alpha Gamma Delta, president of Alpha Lambda Delta, and secretary of Omicron Delta Kappa. Jasmine was also a member of Alpha Kappa Delta and a residence hall coordinator. She received the Outstanding Senior in Community Health and Sustainability Award in 2022. During her time as a student, she worked at the college’s fitness center.
More recently, Jasmine worked as a project coordinator for the Massac County (Illinois) Drug Awareness Coalition to help prevent youth from using drugs or alcohol. She is pursuing a Master of Public Health at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. Jasmine intends to become a public health director after graduation.
University of Kentucky
Diane and Tom Vukovich Scholarship
Kendall Rollman will soon complete a degree from the University of Kentucky (UK) with a human health sciences major and a dance minor. While at UK, she has been an active member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Through the work of her sorority, Kendall took part in many philanthropic and charitable activities, such as raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Make a Wish Foundation. She also served as her sorority chapter’s Circle of Sisterhood representative, raising money to eliminate educational barriers for women. Kendall also served her sorority as its director of administration from 2020-22 and as its philanthropy chair (2022-23). She is also incredibly involved in Best Buddies, a club promoting inclusion for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and is currently club president.
Kendall is passionate about helping others and medicine. She intends to enroll in a physician assistant studies program and hopes to become a women’s health physician assistant.
University of Eastern Finland, M.A.
Jessica Semon graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Brockport in May 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in English and a concentration in creative writing. While a student, she completed an internship with BOA Editions, Ltd, a non-profit publisher of literary works. In addition, Jessica authored and presented “The Epidemic Sex Trafficking of Girls: Awareness and Prevention,” which placed in the Friends of Drake Library Research Contest and published in the Scholar’s Day Journal. She also contributed to Jigsaw magazine and served as an editor for the publication. Jessica was the English Club representative to the Academic Council, secretary of the Gender Equity Movement and representative to the Service Council, and a member of Brockport Pride. She was also involved with the Environmental Club and a volunteer for Eagle Service Corps.
Jessica was awarded the Maggie F. Fox Award for Creativity in Poetry. She is passionate about literature, culture, and their social impacts from historical and cross-border perspectives. Jessica began a master’s degree in English language and culture at the University of Eastern Finland in August 2022. She plans to conduct research on the social impact of language and culture through various media.
Katharine Cater (Auburn University) Scholarship
Sarah Servine graduated summa cum laude as a University Honors Scholar from Auburn University in May 2022 with a bachelor’s degree with a major in biomedical sciences and a minor in business. She was a member of Auburn’s Student Government Association’s Cabinet Branch, Judicial Advisory Committee, and Lambda Sigma Honor Society. In addition, Sarah was the director of Miss Homecoming and president of the Omega Circle. Sarah also volunteered for Project Uplift, where she mentored an underprivileged child. She was a research fellow at the Harrison School of Pharmacy, where she assisted in developing microneedle patches for ocular drug delivery. Sarah also researched childhood obesity trends in rural Alabama. She presented her work at Auburn’s Undergraduate Research Symposium and was awarded first place in the college she represented.
In recognition of her achievements, Sarah was selected as Auburn’s Circle Leader of the Year. Additionally, she received the College of Math and Sciences Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence, recognizing students who graduate with a 4.0 cumulative GPA. Sarah is passionate about healthcare and plans to attend dental school after her gap year, during which she is working as a pediatric dental assistant.
University of Texas, School of Dentistry, D.D.S.
Tiffany Tran graduated summa cum laude from Lamar University (LU) in May 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in biology with honors and a minor in chemistry. While at Lamar, she was the student body president. In this role, she successfully completed initiatives such as raising the student minimum wage, securing free COVID-19 tests, and implementing a Student Activity Hour that allowed commuter students to be more involved with campus activities. Tiffany was also the vice president of the Pre-Dental Society, a University Ambassador, and a delegate on the Model United Nations team.
While a student at LU, Tiffany was on the Presidential Search Committee, Student Services Fee Committee, and Student-Faculty Relations Committee. In recognition of her leadership, Tiffany was awarded the Texas State University System Regent Scholar Award. She was also recognized as a Senior of Significance at LU, where she received the Bess Gentry Leadership Award. At graduation, Tiffany was presented with the Plummer Award for completing her degree with a perfect 4.0 GPA. She is passionate about dentistry and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Texas’s School of Dentistry and plans to become a dentist.
University of Pittsburgh
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
Tyler Viljaste graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) in April 2022 with two degrees. He earned both a Bachelor of Arts with a major in politics and philosophy and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in finance. Tyler accomplished much during his four years at Pitt. He was elected as the vice president and chief of cabinet of the Pitt Student Government Board. In addition, Tyler was the equity officer for the Parliamentary Debate Team, a member of the Board of New Member Education in Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity, and a member of the judicial committee of his fraternity, Bea Theta Pi.
In addition, Tyler worked as an intern with the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations for three years. In this role, he created, designed, and led a series of “Know Your Rights” customized train-the-trainer curriculum sessions for more than 200 community leaders spanning 12 unique community organizations. These sessions were designed to help individuals under a person’s rights against discrimination. Tyler has begun the first year of his Juris Doctorate studies at Georgetown University Law Center, where he will study civil rights and anti-discrimination law.
Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences, Ph.D.
Jenna Walmer is currently a Ph.D. student at Syracuse University (SU) in the social psychology program. Her current research addresses why people downplay the severity of human trafficking. At SU, she is also a teaching assistant for the introductory psychology course and led recitations. After her first year as a doctoral student, Jenna was selected to be an instructor of record for the course.
Prior to enrolling at Syracuse, Jenna graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania (WCU) with a Master of Art with a major in Holocaust and genocide studies. She also received a Master of Science with a major in psychology at WCU. While there, Jenna co-wrote a book chapter on diary studies in higher education and an article on her master’s thesis. In 2019, she graduated from Bridgewater College, where she was initiated into O∆K. Since becoming a member of the Society, Jenna has been involved with its Student Advisory Board and National Awards Committee. Outside of her academic endeavors, Jenna coaches a local swim team and volunteers at the crime victims center.
University of Rhode Island
Brown University, Warren Alpert Medical School
Kendra Walsh is a rising second-year medical student at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School. Before starting medical school in August 2021, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island in May 2021 with a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree and a minor in biological sciences. After earning her PharmD, Kendra passed her board exams to become a licensed pharmacist in Rhode Island. She currently works as a per diem inpatient clinical pharmacist at Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
At her medical school, Kendra is one of the leaders of the Student Ambassadors. This group organizes tours and assists the Office of Biomedical Advancement with its events and fundraising efforts. She also volunteers with Pathways to Medicine, a program designed to introduce high school students from the local area to careers in healthcare. Kendra is pursuing a scholarly concentration in medical education, with a focus on improving how pharmacy topics are taught in medical schools. She is also working on a research project with the Department of Anesthesiology to determine if localized anesthetic blocks to the transversus thoracis muscle group can reduce postoperative pain from thoracic surgery.
Georgia Institute of Technology
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, M.D.
Vivian Wang graduated summa cum laude from Georgia Tech, earning a Bachelor of Science with a major in biochemistry. At Georgia Tech, she was the opinions editor for the school newspaper and sat on its editorial board. Vivian was also a backpacking instructor and an undergraduate organic chemistry teaching assistant. In addition, she co-chaired an advisory working group for the Alpha Eta Circle.
Outside of school, Vivian’s professional interests have centered around advancing urban health equity. She was a medical assistant in Atlanta for two years before the pandemic before transitioning to a coordinator role as part of a Covid-19 Helpline. Vivian conducted health disparities research as an Amgen Foundation Scholar and as a Fellow with the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C. During the pandemic, she also worked with the U.S. Office of Pandemics and Emerging Threats (Department of Health and Human Services) and as a global health policy consultant with RTI International. She is attending the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine and hopes to integrate her passion for journalism, policy, and clinical research into her medical career.
Key Fund Scholarship
University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, M.S.
David Williams graduated summa cum laude from Lamar University (LU) in May 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in mathematics. While at Lamar, he held leadership positions in the Honors Student Association, Student Government Association, and Model United Nations Team. David was also a member of the A Cappella Choir and Grand Chorus. In addition, he served as an orientation leader and as a student orientation coordinator for the Office of New Student and Leadership Programs for two years.
David’s other involvements on campus included his service as a university ambassador and a student mentor for LU Lead, a leadership development course. He was also a member of the Diversity Program Planning Committee, Centennial Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee. David received several awards for his leadership and involvement, including the Senior of Significance Award. He is passionate about helping those who are most disadvantaged. David is currently pursuing a master’s degree in rehabilitation technology at the University of Pittsburgh and plans to become a rehabilitation engineer.
University of Richmond
Lit and Mary Maxwell Scholarship
Duke University, School of Law, J.D.
Indya Woodfolk graduated summa cum laude from the University of Richmond (UR). She earned double majors in environmental studies and anthropology. Indya also wrote an honors thesis entitled, “Environmental Repercussions of the Strange Fruit: The Implications of our Enslavement on Modern Black Experiences with Nature.” At the UR, she was the president of GreenUR, a Bonner scholar, and a cheerleader. Indya interned with PlanRVA, where she was an environmental planning intern for the City of Richmond and surrounding localities. She also worked as a ReThink Waste Representative. In this role, Indya educated the campus body on composting and waste management opportunities on campus. In Summer 2022, she worked with the Congressional Hunger Center to learn more about how to fight hunger in the U.S.
Indya’s academic focus, as well as her personal passion, is combating environmental racism and increasing access to environmentalism for all. She is attending Duke University’s School of Law and looking forward to beginning her career in environmental law. In her free time, Indya loves reading books and spending time in nature.
University of Kentucky, College of Medicine, M.D.
Amie Woolard graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown College in May 2022 with a Bachelor of Science. She majored in biology and minored in chemistry and psychology. Through her enrollment in the science honors program, Amie completed research at the University of Louisville’s Institute of Molecular Cardiology. She also wrote an honors thesis on the ability of a gene therapy treatment to repair heart damage.
During her time at Georgetown, Amie served as president of the American Chemical Society, a club that fostered a love for science in students of all ages and fields of study. She also served as the vice president of the Carnation Cabinet for her sorority, Phi Mu. As part of this role, Amie was a mentor for her sisters who hoped to grow as leaders in the chapter. In addition, she worked as a student medical assistant, state registered nurse aide, medical intern, and peer educator. Amie is currently enrolled in the University of Kentucky’s College of Medicine. She is pursuing her M.D. degree and aspires to pursue a career in pediatric cardiology.