Spring 2014 Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship Winners

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


About Golden Key

Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements. As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity.