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2015 Society Leadership Election Results

January 12, 2015

We’re excited to announce the results of our 2015 Society elections!

International Leadership Council President
Harriet Watkins
(Term of Office: 19 July 2015 – 19 July 2018)

All other positions will start on 1 June 2015. The results for these positions are:

International Leadership Council Student Member
Bradley Mason

Council of Advisors, Asia-Pacific Representative
Verity Greenwood

Council of Advisors, Canada Representative 
Cathrine Foese-­Klassen

Council of Advisors, US Region 2 Representative 
Amanda Wilson

Council of Advisors, US Region 3 Representative 
Michael Sanseviro

Council of Advisors, US Region 8 Representative 
Kathryn Clifford

Council of Advisors, South Africa Representative
Nicole Msomi

Council of Student Members, Asia-Pacific Representative
Timothy Ng

Council of Student Members, Canada Representative
Azin Zanganeh

Council of Student Members, US Region 1 Representative
Nicole Marte

Council of Student Members, US Region 2 Representative
Jason Richards

Council of Student Members, US Region 3 Representative
Kelvin Chavez

Council of Student Members, US Region 4 Representative
Hunter Cregger

Council of Student Members, US Region 5 Representative
Zenobia Bey

Council of Student Members, US Region 6 Representative
Billy Gurr

Council of Student Members, US Region 7 Representative
To Be Determined
(Bradley Mason was elected for this position. Individuals cannot serve on the Council of Student Members and the ILC simultaneously therefore a replacement will be named for the Region 7 CoSM position.)

Council of Student Members, US Region 8 Representative
Kellie Rollins

Council of Student Members, South Africa Representative
Gillian Bain

Heting Yang Wins Golden Key’s 2015 ISLP Award

January 7, 2015

Heting_ISLPGolden Key and the International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP) recently selected Heting Yang as the winner of the 2015 ISLP Award.  The ISLP Award covers the entire cost of tuition, valued at $3,395 USD, to attend an ISLP delegation. ISLP offers 5 career-based delegations in 5 different countries in order to provide an international career perspective for university students around the world.

Yang has chosen to attend the Business & Entrepreneurship program in Australia in the summer of 2015. Highlights of the delegation include visiting a local university in Melbourne for an overview of the business climate, attending a panel session hosted by young and successful Australian entrepreneurs, visiting 3M in Sydney to learn about product development and marketing and creating and pitching an advertising plan to top ad agencies. There will also be many cultural visits and sightseeing throughout Melbourne & Sydney such as the Sydney Opera House, the Taronga Zoo, Bondhi Beach, The Rocks and Federation Square.

“Golden Key is proud to partner with ISLP on this award. We share the goal of providing international learning opportunities to students,” said Brad Rainey, Golden Key Executive Director. “Both Golden Key and ISLP are dedicated to growing and developing our members into leaders prepared for the 21st century.”

Originally from Xi’an, China, Heting Yang is currently a third year undergraduate student obtaining a bachelor of science in actuarial and financial mathematics at the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa. Yang is involved in many academic activities at the university and is also a part of the Chinese Christian Student Society. He is also involved in his local Golden Key chapter and attended the International Summit in Boston, MA in July of 2014. Upon receiving the award, Yang said, “I am privileged and honoured to be awarded such a wonderful prize in order to finally realize my dream to participate in the International Scholar Laureate Program and to explore further into the financial field… I am proud to be part of the world’s largest collegiate honor society!”

Congratulations, Heting!

GK Member Awarded New Colombo Plan Scholarship

December 9, 2014

danielWe are excited to share that Daniel Eastwood-Whitaker, Golden Key member and president of the Swinburne University of Technology GK chapter in Melbourne, Australia, has been awarded a prestigious New Colombo Plan Scholarship from the Australian Government.

The New Colombo Plan is an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, initiated by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. It involves an international exchange scholarship for study of up to one year in Indo-Pacific countries and an internship for up to six months, aiming to deepen professional and personal relationships in the region, and build stronger cultural awareness. The program also offers a flexible mobility grants program for short and long-term study, internships, mentorships, clinical placements, practicums and research.

We had the chance to ask Daniel about himself and receiving this scholarship.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I live on the Mornington Peninsula, approximately 1 hour south of Melbourne, Australia where I have lived for my whole life. I went to Red Hill Consolidated Primary, and graduated from the Peninsula School in 2011. I started the Bachelor of Aviation (Management) / Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) in 2012 at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia and will finish my degree in 2015. When I am not studying, I work as a supervisor at the Dromana 3 Drive In Cinema, and also as a house painter across the Mornington Peninsula.

Where are you going for the exchange program? Why did you choose this location?
I will be heading to China in mid 2015 to finish my degree, and from there I will be conducting an internship in an area of aviation or finance before my return in mid 2016. I decided to select China as my destination, among the many offered under the NCP Scholarship, for a number of reasons. My initial exposure to China was through my studies at high school of Mandarin, Chinese history and culture; this is where I developed my initial interest. Continuing my studies at Swinburne, I began to understand the importance of China’s role in the future economic growth within the region, and how important Australia – China relations would be in the present and near future. Armed with these experiences, for me China was the place to go.

When you embark on your exchange, what main activities will you be involved in?
The main goals of the New Colombo Plan are to enhance the relationships between Australia and Indo-Pacific countries by forming personal and business relationships, as well as enhancing the knowledge of the Indo-Pacific region in Australia. When in China, I aim to fulfill these goals by immersing myself in university life, as well as in the local community by engaging with the locals through various events, extracurricular activities and volunteering. My role in China is very much as an Ambassador of Australia, and I will represent the best of Australian students in every opportunity I am given.

What are you looking forward to the most?
What I look forward to the most in my experience in China is really developing an understanding of Chinese culture, history and business practices. These things can be better learned through experience, rather than in the class room. As well as visiting the big cities such as Shanghai and Beijing, I will travel to regional China to gain an insight into a more traditional China. Throughout this experience I hope to make new and lasting friendships.

What knowledge and experience do you hope to bring back with you to Australia?
When I return to Australia, I hope to use what I have learned in my time in China to enhance our relationship with the Chinese people, both on a personal and professional level. I hope to gain employment when I return to Australia with an international focus within the Indo-Pacific region, where I can use my knowledge and experience from China to increase Australia – China relationships and to increase the prosperity of both of our nations.

How has Golden Key helped you achieve your potential?  
The New Colombo Plan has three key criteria when applying; demonstrated academic excellence, leadership in the community and an understanding of the NCP experience enhances their cultural awareness, employment potential and the ability to operate in new and changing environments. These NCP goals and requirements align very much with the values of Golden Key, Academics, Leadership and Service. Golden Key played a key part throughout my selection process. I used my experiences within Golden Key to prove to the NCP team at DFAT that I have what it takes to represent Australia and fulfil the goals of the NCP scholarship.

Our congratulations go out to Daniel. Feel free to contact Daniel by email at or connect with him on LinkedIn.

Spring 2014 Scholarship Winners

December 8, 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 South Australia, 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

December 8, 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 Graduate Scholar Award Winners

December 8, 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:


Spring 2014 Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship Winners

December 8, 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:



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