Spring 2014 Scholarship Winners

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: https://www.goldenkey.org/scholarships-awards/listing/



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