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April 1, 2005
Contact: David Darwin, Phi Kappa Phi scholarship chair, (785) 864-3827.

KU senior receives $1,000 Phi Kappa Phi fellowship for graduate study


LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas chapter of Phi Kappa Phi honor society has selected Wichita senior Lauren Stewart to receive the 2005 Blackiston Memorial Graduate Fellowship.

She is the daughter of Gregory and Helen Stewart and is a graduate of Wichita High School Southeast.

Stewart, an honors English student with a minor in Slavic languages and literatures who is a National Merit scholar, will receive $1,000 and is the chapter's nominee for a national Phi Kappa Phi fellowship. The Blackiston fellowship is the latest achievement for Stewart, who has received numerous awards and honors during her time at KU. In 2004, she received the Hoopes Award for Critical Writing, and she has been a Rock Chalk scholar since 2001. Stewart has been on the Dean's List every semester at KU, and she was a nominee for the 2004 Ex.C.E.L. Award for student leadership.

Stewart has been involved in a variety of activities at KU. She has served as both president of Student Union Activities and vice president of university relations for SUA. She currently serves as SUA traditions coordinator. She is a peer educator for the "Leadership in America" Thematic Learning Community and is a member of the Board of Class Officers. In 2001-02, Stewart was first violinist for the KU Symphony Orchestra. She also is active in the National Association for Campus Activities and the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center.

After graduation in May 2005, Stewart, who has been a member of Phi Kappa Phi since fall 2002, plans to pursue a master's degree and doctorate in English languages and literatures with the goal of teaching at the university level.

The Blackiston Memorial Fellowship is named in honor of James Blackiston, a graduate student in linguistics and instructor in the Intensive English Center who was active in the formation of the KU chapter in 1975. Blackiston died during the summer of 1975.

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