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The Value of a GK Membership

September 15, 2014

In our latest video, several members from around the world share the value they’ve gotten out of being a Golden Key member.

2014 Key Chapter Winner Highlight: Florida International University

September 14, 2014

The fourth chapter that we would like to recognize as a 2013-2014 Key Chapter Award winner is our Florida International University chapter!

During the spring semester, the Florida International University Golden Key chapter participated in a plethora of service events in their community.FIU Several of these events were held in conjunction with a local non-profit agency, Camillus House, who provides a wide range of social and health services to homeless, mentally disabled, physically disabled, drug addicted and other under served people in the area. Chapter members aided in the preparation and serving of food to more than 500 individuals one Saturday for lunch. Roughly one month later, the chapter held a book drive for the Camillus House Library. Members were able to collect and donate more than 200 books for those who seek assistance from the shelter. This book drive is held every semester for the Camillus House, and the Florida International University chapter has been honored with a plaque in their name to be placed in the library.

On January 18, the Florida International University chapterFIU1 participated in Martin Luther King Day of Service. Dedicated to the late social rights activist and humanitarian, this day is meant to serve as an opportunity for citizens to give back to their respective communities. As a service event, chapter members restored Bunche Park, located in a low income status community, by cleaning the park and painting the sitting area for the local families to enjoy. This event served as an excellent means to give back to their community, and the chapter members were able to forge new relationships with students at their university who are not affiliated with their chapter.

Congratulations to the Florida International University chapter for their continued success and being named a 2013-2014 Key Chapetr!

Spring 2014 Scholarship Winners

September 12, 2014

This week we’ve announced and highlighted the recipients of some of our biggest awards from spring of 2014: the Graduate Scholar Award winners ($10,000), the Undergraduate Achievement Award winners ($5,000), and the Education Debt Reduction Award winners ($5,000).

Today, we’re excited to display the recipients of the remaining spring 2014 headquarters awards (in no particular order) and share statements from a few of the winners. These scholarships make up part of the $1,000,000 we award annually to members.

Advisor Professional Development Grant ($1,000)

  • LaRuth Lofties, The University of Memphis, United States
  • Dahlia Stridiron, University of the Virgin Islands-St. Thomas, United States
  • Kevin Schuck, The University of Texas at Arlington, United States
  • Alicia Anino, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, United States
  • Jennifer Walker, The University of Memphis, United States
  • Oksana Gruzdyn, Wayne State University, United States

Alumni Professional Development Grant ($1,000)

  • Marcus Robertson, Monash University, Australia
  • Anne-Kathrin Bauer, Curtin University, Australia
  • Elizabeth  Kociolek, Old Dominion University, United States
  • Vibol Mao, Flinders University, Australia
  • Lori-Ann Touchette, University of Southern Maine, United States
  • Amber Cote, University of North Texas, United States
  • Leandri Hattingh, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

leandri“I truly feel honoured and privileged to receive this scholarship. This will certainly contribute a great deal in covering my expenses for attending the 2014 Graphic Medicine Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. My attendance at the conference as a presenter promises to broaden my horizons and further develop my interest in the relationship between medicine and the arts and social sciences. I look forward to bringing back my leanings and sharing them with colleagues and other interested parties, in particular, the conveners and participants in the first ever Medicine and the Arts course in South Africa.”- Leandri Hattingh

Chartering Officer Scholarship ($1,000)

  • Nicolas Ferry, Eastern Illinois University, United States
  • Shu Ting Ooi, University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Ooi Shu Ting -Photo“The 2014 Chartering Officer Scholarship Award is a great honor for me, and I really appreciate the recognition of my achievements from Golden Key. Being part of the chapter’s committee, I looked forward to the opportunity to study more on social work and communication skill because I have always wanted to be able to make a difference to people’s lives. With a better communication skill I believe I can do the campus event as well as community service in a caring and supportive way. Winning this award confirmed my resolution to continue my passion in doing something different yet meaningful to people.” – Shu Ting Ooi

Community Service Award ($1,000)

  • Curwyn Mapaling, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
  • Erica Zucker, Bishop’s University, Canada

Education Development Grant ($2,000)

  • Jennifer Greer, University of Ballarat, Australia
  • Joanne Park, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Joe Dentice, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, United States

joe photo“I am both thrilled and honored to be a member of Golden Key. I have recently stepped down from being the UNLV chapter president but I look forward to remaining active as an alumni member. Serving as an officer is an experience I will cherish for a lifetime. Since taking office over a year ago one of the main selling points I stressed to potential Golden Key members were the scholarship opportunities and now I can hardly believe that I have won one myself. Winning this scholarship means more than the financial reward, it means being recognized among some of the best and brightest college students in the world.” – Joe Dentice

Emerging Scholar Award ($1,000)

  • Michelle Gooel, The University of Michigan, United States
  • Nathan Arnaiz, University of Miami, United States
  • Derek Menzies, Cleveland State University, United States

GEICO Life Scholarship ($1,000)

  • Errick Placide, Arizona State University, United States
  • Lisa Carter, University of South Australia, Australia
  • Jade Cera Guy, McGill University, Canada
  • Kevin Shin, University of Hawaii at Manoa, United States
  • John Phelps, Wright State University, United States

Living The Mission Award ($1,000)

  • Kelsey Byrne, The University of New Mexico, United States
  • Kathleen Seddon, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Jean Vianney Cordeiro, McGill University, Canada

Jean Photo“I am humbled and at the same time overcome with joy for being selected as a recipient of the Living the Mission Scholarship. By awarding me a scholarship, Golden Key lightened my financial burden which allowed me to focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning. Golden Key’s generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as Golden Key has helped me. Investing in youth is investing in the future of our planet.” – Jean Vianney Cordeiro

Military Service Scholarship ($1,000)

  • Gregory Rutledge, The University of Winnipeg, Canada
  • Stéphanie Paquette, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Dawn Knasas, University of Southern California, United States
  • David Beach, Ashford University, United States
  • Edward Krohn, American Public University System, United States

Edward Krohn“Being selected as the 2014 Military Service Scholarship Award honoree allows me to validate my efforts of balancing full-time graduate school, having a full-time civilian job, meeting my military obligations, as well as coaching public speaking. Without each of these experiences, I would not be the individual I am today. Receiving this award also allows me to breathe easier knowing that I am able to continue my education without having to accept and repay student loans. Furthermore, I am able to resoundingly affirm to my students that hard-work and discipline leads to success.”  -Edward Krohn

Outstanding Advisor Award ($1,000)

  • Emily Luker, University of Wisconsin Madison, United States
  • Kevin Schuck, The University of Texas at Arlington, United States
  • Mary Myers, Cleveland State University, United States

Outstanding Student Member Award ($1,000)

  • DaSom Lee, California State University, San Bernardino, United States
  • Katrina Notarmaso, The College of New Jersey, United States
  • Crystal Sims, California State University, Sacramento, United States
  • Shannon Nicholson, West Virginia University, United States
  • Siinya Edmondson, University of Missouri-St. Louis, United States

Research Grant ($1,000)

  • Shao Wei Chia, The University of Michigan, United States
  • Amirhoushang Jamshidi, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Margaret Lundberg, University of Washington Tacoma, United States
  • Julie Fleischman, Michigan State University, United States
  • Colin Phifer, University of Hawaii at Manoa, United States
  • Victor Krawczyk, The University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Nimra Jamil, Towson University, United States
  • Yujin Li, McMaster University, Canada
  • Emily Hooker, The University of Kansas, United States
  • Jeffrey Skidmore, Brigham Young University, United States

jeff photo“I am sincerely grateful for being awarded the 2014 Research Grant-Spring Selection. This grant aided me in traveling to the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Hong Kong, China without placing significant financial burden on my young family. While there I was able to interact with the world experts in my area of research – rehabilitation robotics. This experience gave new insights into my research and enhanced my pursuit of a doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering.” – Jeffrey Skidmore

Study Abroad Scholarship ($1,000)

  • Jessica Ginberg, Monash University, Australia
  • Nicole Hillyard, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Liza Beaulieu, Concordia University, Canada
  • David Houston, Towson University, United States
  • Huibrecht Hester Johanna van Eeden, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Nathaniel Tumblin, The Ohio State University, United States
  • Floyd Kenney, Youngstown State University, United States
  • Rafael Almario, Florida State University, United States
  • Rachel DeGraaf, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Lucy Bennett, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Lucy Head Shot“Winning the Golden Key 2014 Spring Study Abroad Scholarship was a great honour and will further my career opportunities immensely. The financial support will assist me in my study in Canada and provide further incentive to gain international experience. I believe that this will assist me in pursuing a leadership role in the Urban Development sector in Queensland after graduating. Overall, this scholarship has inspired me to continue to strive for excellence and take every opportunity available, both within Australia and overseas.” – Lucy Bennett

Congratulations to the winners!

Don’t forget to apply for our Fall 2014 Scholarships before the 1 October 2014 deadline!

The full listing is found here:

Spring 2014 Education Debt Reduction Winners

September 11, 2014

Golden Key’s scholarship recipients embody the pillars for which Golden Key stands and we are delighted to assist them in making their dreams a reality. We realize that many college students today require assistance repaying the investment they have made in their education. We are committed to helping members further their education and academic pursuits, so we created the Education Debt Reduction Award, which assists members with repayment of student loans. We are excited to announce the winners of the Spring 2014 scholarship, who are awarded $5,000 USD each.

The recipients (in no particular order) are:

  • Jason Heap, Walden University, United States
  • Linda Moore, University of New England, United States
  • Sarah-Kate Hawkins, Walden University, United States
  • Lynda Charles, University of Central Florida, United States
  • Eric Barber, Ashford University, United States

Congratulations to the winners!

Here’s what two of the winners had to say upon receiving the award…

JasonDHeap Image for Golden Key“I am very appreciative to the Golden Key International Honour Society for awarding me with a debt reduction scholarship. It has come at a very crucial moment in my career where I have just completed a doctoral degree, but the very nature of the project within that capstone project requires me to continue with the work that I began with my participants. I had some difficult decisions to make as to how I could dedicate extra funding of my own towards the continued work of this project, in addition to fulfilling requirements of student loans.” – Jason Heap

Lynda Photo“This award is not simply financial but rather a testament to a truth I have accepted: this life is difficult but not impossible. I believe difficulty and adversity are truly opportunities and blessings in disguise – how we allow them to shape and influence our perceptions means the difference between someone who settles for what the conditions life has to offer versus someone who manifests their conditions.” – Lynda Charles



Don’t forget to apply for our Fall 2014 Scholarships before the 1 October 2014 deadline!

The full listing is found here:

Spring 2014 Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship Winners

September 10, 2014

Golden Key’s scholarship recipients embody the pillars for which Golden Key stands and we are delighted to assist them in making their dreams a reality. Succeeding in higher education and helping students reach their potential is at the core of Golden Key’s mission. We created the Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship to assist in the costs of higher education. This scholarship recognizes undergraduate members for outstanding commitment to the Golden Key pillars of academics, leadership and service. We are excited to announce the winners of the Spring 2014 scholarship, who are awarded $5,000 USD each.

The recipients (in no particular order) are:

  • Bryce Link, Utah Valley University, United States
  • Luigi Pesce, New York Institute of Technology, United States
  • Catherine Baxley, University of North Texas, United States
  • Xie Li Ng, Monash University, Malaysia
  • Jennifer Zimmerman, California State University, Los Angeles, United States
  • Bliss Chang, University of Alabama at Birmingham, United States
  • Zoe Hughes, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States
  • Michael Birch, McMaster University, Canada
  • Lara Gentilini, Cornell University, United States
  • Liel Kenigsman, Deakin University, Australia
  • Crystal Sims, California State University, Sacramento, United States
  • Nils Deppe, The University of Winnipeg, Canada
  • Elliot Bowden, La Trobe University, Australia
  • Daniel Stribling, Florida State University, United States
  • Emily Zolfaghari, University of Southern California, United States
  • Nicole Bernardi, McGill University, Canada
  • Adam Ferris, The University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Nathan Alamillo, University of California, Santa Barbara, United States

Congratulations to the winners!

Here’s what a few of the winners had to say upon receiving the award…

Luigi stonybrook photo“This scholarship means an incredible satisfaction for such a hard-work journey filled with obstacles, but thanks to this award, obstacles seem much more possible to be knock down by hard work. This award shows me that persistence is needed for success, and that doing things differently by taking risks, does paid off at the end. Thanks to Golden Key, I am one step closer of making my dream come true, of becoming a medical doctor in America, and to be able one day to retrieve to my family and society for all the help they have done to me all over the years of college. Thank you Golden Key, for helping on the journey of making my dream closer to come true.” – Luigi Pesce


liel pic“I feel extremely privileged to be a winner of the Golden Key Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship Award. I am grateful for the opportunities that this award enables me to have. As an international student in Australia, I have been relying on family support and scholarships to finance my studies thus far. Winning this award means that it will be possible for me to continue pursuing my educational and career dreams. I hope to continue develop my professional knowledge in psychology and pursue a postgraduate program in order to enhance the mental health and well being for people around the world.” – Liel Kenigsman


NilsDeppe photo“While I was growing up in Emerson, a small town in rural Manitoba, Canada, I never would have dreamed of having the opportunities that I have been so fortunate to receive. Winning an Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship is an honour. Such an award is much more than a financial aid enabling me to continue pursuing my academic goals. It also demonstrates trust and confidence in the ability of the recipient, which provides motivation, incentive, and a sense of belonging.” – Nils Deppe

Zoe Golden Key Photo“Thanks to Golden Key, I can focus on my classes; my educational debt is substantially reduced and my goals seem a little bit closer. It is my dream to become a Professor: an expert in my field and a champion of literary education and the arts. Getting a Master’s degree from a school like UCL is the first step on the road to actualizing this vision, and becoming the professional I hope, someday, to be.” – Zoe Hughes



Elliot Bowden“I am incredibly honoured and feel that it is an immense privilege to be a recipient of the Golden Key Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship award. This opportunity allows me to continue to immerse myself in my study of paramedicine and public health promotion at La Trobe University. The Golden Key Society has provided me with a foundation on which I can build my future. By having the support that this scholarship provides I can strive to become a leader in the field of pre-hospital care and public health promotion. I cannot adequately express my gratitude to the Golden Key Society through a short statement but needless to say this is a life changing award and I am immensely thankful.” – Elliot Bowden


Don’t forget to apply for our Fall 2014 Scholarships before the 1 October 2014 deadline!

The full listing is found here:

Glamour Magazine’s Top 10 College Women Competition

September 10, 2014


Each year for the last 58 years, Glamour Magazine has been recognizing ten outstanding college women: scientists, athletes, activists, businesswomen and more.  Glamour is currently looking for the best and the brightest applicants from the Class of 2016 for their 2015 scholarship. Female Golden Key members in the United States and Canada can apply!

The ideal applicant will be a junior in college, has a stellar academic track record, has exhibited strong leadership skills, excels in her extracurricular activities or athletics, and gives back to her community or campus in some way. If you’re interested, you must apply by the September 15th application deadline*.

*Please note: Due to the quickly approaching deadline, the entire application may be submitted electronically to

You could be one of Glamour’s Top 10 College Women! In fact, Martha Stewart was a winner in 1961! Read more about the 2014 winners online here.

The ten winners receive a $3000 cash prize and a trip to attend the Top Ten College Women event in New York City in the spring of 2015, and one grand prize winner will receive a $20,000 cash prize as recognition of her accomplishments. Plus, all winners will be profiled in the May 2015 issue of Glamour.

To apply for the 2015 contest, visit this link:


Spring 2014 Graduate Scholar Award Winners

September 9, 2014

Golden Key’s scholarship recipients embody the pillars for which Golden Key stands and we are delighted to assist them in making their dreams a reality. The Golden Key Graduate Scholar Award supports members’ post-baccalaureate study at accredited universities anywhere in the world. It is our premier scholarship, awarding $10,000 USD to each recipient. We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Spring 2014 award.

The recipients (in no particular order) are:

  • Robert Sedam, The University of New Mexico, United States
  • David Knechtel, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Edna Smith, Walden University, United States
  • Shaun McCarthy, University of New Hampshire, United States
  • Steven Fencl, Ashford University, United States
  • Yolanda Silvera, Walden University, United States
  • Erasmus du Toit, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Erin HallisySmith, Walden University, United States
  • Sarah Appleby, The University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • Sui May Koh, University Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia


Congratulations to the winners!


Here’s what a few of the winners had to say upon receiving the award…

Sarah Appleby photo“I was absolutely amazed to be awarded the Graduate Scholar Award. Coming from a small school in New Zealand it is humbling to be recognised on an international scale. This assistance will help to support me through my master’s degree, allowing me to focus on the research and get as much out of it as I can. Thank you Golden Key for your support.” – Sarah Appleby



Steven Photo“Three years ago I went back to school to help make a better living for my family. I worked full time, took care of my family and went to school, working late into many nights to be the best I could be. I strived to set an example for my children to follow; to show them that with hard work and dedication they can accomplish their dreams. When the time of my completion of my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration drew near I was challenged to expand my thinking and become a school teacher to give back what has been given to me, a love for learning. This award from Golden Key is a great validation for my family and children that hard work can pay off. I am truly honored and humbled to be selected as a winner for the 2014 Graduate Scholar Scholarship Award-Spring Selection.” – Steven Fencl

Edna Photo“I am deeply humbled to be the recipient of the Graduate Scholar Award. As I reflect on this, I feel that this award is the culmination of twenty-five years of providing passionate, quality, patient and family centered healthcare. Receiving the Graduate Scholar Scholarship makes the confirmation of my purpose solid. And it would be remiss of me not to mention that this award relieves a financial burden as I pursue my Graduate and Doctorate degree at Walden University. Most importantly, receiving this great honor powerfully motivates me to educate, train, and prepare healthcare clinicians for the challenges they will encounter in all areas of healthcare.” – Edna Smith



Don’t forget to apply for our Fall 2014 Scholarships before the 1 October 2014 deadline!

The full listing is found here:


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