Shaina D. W. Taylor Awarded 2013 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

BATON ROUGE, La.— Shaina D.W. Taylor of Petersburg, W.V., 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.

Taylor, the daughter of Pamela and Robert Taylor, was a Yeager Scholar in the Honors College at Marshall University.  She was a dual major at Marshall, graduating in May, 2013, with bachelor's degrees in both Political Science and English Literature. She will continue studies at William & Mary's Marshall-Wythe School of Law.

Taylor 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, fifty-one 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.

More About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts annually approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only 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'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, visit


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