Penn State students receive 2008 Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad grant

Baton Rouge, La.— The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi announced that Penn State students Thomas S. Markey, of York, Pa., and Courtney L. Waters, of New London, Pa., have each been awarded a Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant for 2008.
 
Markey will participate in a study abroad program in Hong Kong. He is the son of Dr. Scott S. Markey and Mrs. Sherrie J. Markey. Waters will participate in a study abroad program in Mexico. She is the daughter of Robert and Regina Waters.

Study Abroad Grants are designed to recognize and assist undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty grants valued at $1,000 each are awarded annually.
 
More About Phi Kappa Phi
 
Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Phi Kappa Phi inducts annually more than 30,000 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.

Since its founding, more than 1 million members have been initiated. Some of the organization’s more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, Baylor University head women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson, writer John Grisham and Netscape founder James Barksdale. The Society has awarded approximately $12.7 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, more than $800,000 is awarded annually to qualifying members and non-members through Fellowships, undergraduate study abroad scholarships, Love of Learning awards, Emerging Scholar grants, member and chapter awards and grants for local and national literacy initiatives.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009