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April 20, 2005
Contact: David Darwin, Phi Kappa Phi scholarship chair, (785) 864-3827.

Wichita KU senior wins national Phi Kappa Phi fellowship for graduate study


LAWRENCE -- University of Kansas senior Lauren Marie Stewart of Wichita has been selected to receive a national Phi Kappa Phi fellowship for graduate study.

Stewart is one of 60 students nationwide to be honored with the $5,000 fellowship, which can be applied toward graduate study. In March, Stewart was similarly honored by KU's Phi Kappa Phi chapter with the Blackiston Memorial Graduate Fellowship.

After graduation in May 2005, Stewart, an English major, plans to pursue a master's degree and doctorate in English languages and literatures. She is the daughter of Gregory and Helen Stewart and is a Wichita High School Southeast graduate.

Stewart's previous honors include receiving a National Merit scholarship and the 2004 Hoopes Award for Critical Writing. In 2004, she was nominated for the 2004 Excellence in Community Education and Leadership Award at KU and was a 2005 KU nominee for a national George J. Mitchell scholarship. She has been on the honor roll every semester at KU.

Her leadership and service activities at KU include serving as president of Student Union Activities. She currently serves as SUA traditions coordinator. She is a peer educator for the "Leadership in America" Thematic Learning Community at KU and 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.

Phi Kappa Phi was established in 1897 to recognize academic excellence in all disciplines. Only the top 7 percent of seniors, the top 4 percent of last-term juniors and the top 10 percent of graduate students are invited to join. The KU chapter includes all the schools of the university.

Phi Kappa Phi's primary objectives are to promote the pursuit of excellence in all fields of higher education and to recognize outstanding achievement by students, faculty and others by election to membership and through various awards for distinguished achievement.

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