FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153
Spring graduate Elizabeth Fleming awarded Phi Kappa Phi FellowshipHUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Elizabeth Fleming, a May 2011 graduate of Marshall University, has been awarded a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship for graduate study, Dr. Mary Todd, dean of the Honors College, announced today.
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi annually awards 57 fellowships of $5,000 each and three at $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Fleming is one of the $5,000 recipients.
She plans to attend the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C., and to pursue a career in the Foreign Service, working for the State Department or serving in the U.S. International Diplomatic Corps.
“Receiving the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship is such a wonderful blessing from the Lord,” Fleming said. “I am very passionate about studying international politics at American University and hope to make Phi Kappa Phi proud of my efforts.”
Marshall’s chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, which was approved by the organization’s board of directors in spring 2010, was formally installed in November. Initiation of the new members took place in April.
“The new Marshall chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is delighted that one of our inaugural initiates has been awarded a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship,” Todd said. “Liz Fleming is a wonderful model of the academic excellence and service the Society promotes.”
Susan Gilpin, associate dean of the Honors College and secretary of Marshall’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, nominated Fleming for the fellowship.
“Traditional expressions of support are not adequate for a student of Elizabeth’s intellect and passion,” Gilpin said. “Phi Kappa Phi will be proud to list Elizabeth among its graduate fellowship recipients and even more proud of what she is certain to achieve in her graduate career.”
Fleming is serving as a summer intern in the office of Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
“I am absolutely loving the D.C. area and am looking forward to learning more about our nation’s government and foreign policies when I am here this fall,” she said.
Fleming, a native of South Bend, Ind., excelled in her academic and athletic endeavors at Marshall. A Yeager Scholar studying International Affairs, she graduated this spring with an overall 4.0 grade point average. A four-year starter on Marshall’s volleyball team, she earned numerous honors, including being named an ESPN Academic All-American and making the Conference USA All-Academic Team for three consecutive years.