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Golden Key Member Profile: Patrick Mayoh

November 29, 2016

Why is a young man named Patrick Mayoh from Australia studying for his Masters in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, MA?

There are many reasons why Patrick has made that journey, including his commitment to his country, an adventurous outlook on life, and an overriding belief that many government programs can often do a better job of delivering essential services to the people who can benefit from them.

Patrick’s career was also helped when he became a Golden Key Joan Nelson Study Abroad Scholar, which provided $5,000 to help pay for his studies at The Kennedy School. We will hear more about that award in a moment. First, let’s learn more about Patrick and how he got where he is today.

About Patrick Mayoh

PATRICK MAYOH HEADSHOT.jpgOriginally from Sydney, Patrick attended the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia’s capital city. While earning an undergraduate degree in Asian Studies, he became involved in a cultural exchange program that brought indigenous young leaders from remote areas to Sydney and Canberra for a cultural exchange program. “It opened my eyes to issues of social justice,” Patrick says.

At about that time, Patrick was invited to join Golden Key.

“I was nominated to join because I was in the top ten percent of high-achieving academic students at my university,” Patrick recalls. “I remember wondering how I could afford to pay the $100 membership fee, which was a lot of money for me at the time. But I spoke to the Golden Key Chapter President and joined.”

Patrick began to enjoy benefits from his membership, including a $250 scholarship from Golden Key that supported his participation in the outreach program for indigenous youth.

Patrick finished his undergraduate work, then earned a law degree. Then he entered the professional world and worked for several years in Beijing, Hong Kong and other cities. Yet his desire to serve his country drew him back to Australia, where he joined the Australian Foreign Service. After three years there, he applied for admission to the Kennedy School and was accepted.

He also decided to apply for Golden Key’s Joan Nelson Study Abroad Scholar Award. He won, and received $5,000 to help pay for his studies.

“It is an incredibly generous award and a real game-changer for me,” Patrick says. “It offers me the opportunity to honor Joan Nelson, who was a champion of the Golden Key community for nearly a quarter century. It is very generous support and I am extremely grateful for it. Even though I am now working two jobs to help pay my costs – graduate school is expensive – the Golden Key award frees me to focus more on my studies and I am incredibly grateful for it.”

Patrick is now researching how the Australian Federal Government can support smart city initiatives to enhance the delivery and evaluation of city services. These programs have great potential to remove obstacles to the effectiveness of government programs (reaching the people they were designed to serve) and help ensure taxpayers’ money is well-spent.


patrick-and-helenDespite the pressures of being part of an intensive program of study, Patrick finds time for other pursuits in the Boston area. He is co-captain of the Kennedy School’s soccer team, which he describes as “the greatest leadership challenge I have had yet, given the trials and selection process! Cutting friends is not easy!” Plus, he has recently become engaged to Helen Zhang – a student he met at the Australian National University. “I could not have done any of this without Helen – she continues to inspire and challenge me,” Patrick says.

After completing his Masters next year at The Kennedy School, Patrick would like to re-join the Australian Foreign Service.


“It would be great to leverage my Kennedy School experience and participation in the Australian-American Young Leadership Dialogue to support the U.S.-Australian alliance. While planning in the Foreign Service is always a risky Endeavor, a posting to the US would be ideal,” Patrick says.

The Role that Golden Key Has Played in Patrick’s Success

Would Patrick recommend Golden Key to students who might join?

“Absolutely,” he answers. “Membership offers access to a community of very talented, hardworking people who give back. There are also many scholarship opportunities. There is the great diversity of chapters. I would have absolutely no hesitation about encouraging people to join. It gives me great pride to now undertake an exciting study abroad opportunity as a Joan Nelson scholar. A big thank you to Golden Key for making this possible!”

Everyone at Golden Key congratulates Patrick Mayoh on his award and on the ground-breaking research he is conducting at The Kennedy School. We are proud to have supported him and we wish him every continued success.

Balancing College with Your Personal Life? Golden Key Has a Scholarship for You!

November 14, 2016


Are you completing your college studies while working or raising a family? If so, the GEICO Life Scholarship, administered through Golden Key International Honour Society, could be just the right scholarship for you.

The GEICO Life Scholarship offers an award of $1,000 to students like you. This year’s application deadline is December 15, 2016, so CLICK HERE to review application requirements and procedures.

In today’s post, let’s review what you need to know.

Who Is the GEICO Life Scholarship for?

The scholarship is available to Golden Key members who have maintained academic excellence while working, parenting, or supporting their families. If that describes you, you are encouraged to apply.

What Supporting Materials Do You Need to Submit?

As is the case with other Golden Key scholarships, you will need to submit your resume/CV and a current transcript from your college or university. For the GEICO Scholarship, you will also be required to provide a personal statement that describes your educational goals and any special challenges or obstacles you have overcome to achieve your academic success.

Who May Apply?

As is the case with all Golden Key scholarships, you need to be a Golden Key member. You also must be enrolled in college full time or part time working toward a baccalaureate degree, and must have a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

When Are Applicants Informed If They Won?

Both winners and non-winners will be informed via email 120 days after December 15th, if not earlier.

More Scholarships Are Available Too . . . Some Just Right for You

Be sure to check out all the Golden Key Scholarships that are awaiting your application.  Scholarships are one of the greatest benefits of belonging to Golden Key. Don’t miss out!


Member Benefit Alert: Golden Key’s Education Debt Reduction Award

November 8, 2016


How would you like $10,000 to help repay the loans that you took to pay for undergraduate or graduate school?

If so, why not apply for the Golden Key Education Debt Reduction Award? It’s a key benefit of Golden Key International Honour Society membership that could have a very positive impact on your financial situation. Here’s what you need to know.

Who can apply?

You have to be a member of Golden Key International Honour Society and have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree. You should also be able to provide documentation for any loans you have taken to pay for your education.

How much is the award?


When can I apply?

The next application deadline date is Thursday, December 15, 2016.

How can I apply?

Open the application form on the Golden Key website and get started.

What information will I need to submit?

  • Answers to the following two questions (500 words maximum per question):
  1. What impact would this $10,000 have on your current financial situation?
  2. What financial obstacles have you had to overcome in obtaining your degree?
  • A personal statement of no more than three pages, discussing your personal and professional goals for the next 10 years.
  • A list of all currently active student loans and financial assistance received while enrolled in classes at the undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate level.  Official documentation of all currently active loans is required with your application. Please note:  Documentation can consist of a listing of currently active loans from lending service providers, college/university financial aid offices or other financial lending institutions such as banks.
  • A copy of your résumé/CV.

How does Golden Key decide who will win the Award?

The award committee will review your application materials and consider your professional goals and your plans for the future. The committee will also consider the impact that the award would have on your financial situation.

It’s an Important Benefit of Your Golden Key Membership

Why not spend a few minutes on the Golden Key International Honour Society website to investigate all the other benefits of Golden Key membership? We will be highlighting them on this blog in the weeks and months ahead, so please check back often. We look forward to seeing you here.


Have you won this award? What do you think it could do for your future to win a debt reduction scholarship? Sound off in the comment section.


Plan Ahead! Get Ready to Apply for the Golden Key Award or Scholarship of Your Choice

November 1, 2016


If you are a member of Golden Key and you have not applied for one of the awards or scholarships that we offer, would like to share some important news in today’s post…

December application deadlines for these great awards and scholarships are fast approaching! December 15, 2016 is just around the corner!

That means that now would be a good time to select the scholarships that appeal to you, learn how to apply, then get started early to fill out your online applications. Since 1977, Golden Key has awarded $12.5 million in scholarships and grants to our members. You could be one of them! So, what’s stopping you?

In today’s post, let’s learn how to apply.

First, Review “How to Apply for Golden Key Scholarships & Awards” on the Golden Key Website

You’ll find a comprehensive list of FAQs that give a thorough overview of the program and application procedures.

Second, Visit the Scholarship Listings on the Golden Key Website

You’ll find dozens listed. In addition to reviewing the master list of what is available globally, be sure to use the pull-down menu above the listings to select the country where you reside or study. Additional scholarships could be available to you.

To learn more, click on the name of each scholarship or award that you would like to consider. Please note that there are differences between the scholarships. Many are targeted to different fields of study and different goals. The dollar amounts for the awards vary, as do the application dates and other important details. Please take your time to review these descriptions carefully. Note the supporting documents that you are required to submit and prepare them so you can have them ready when you submit your applications.

Third, Apply for the Scholarships and Awards of Your Choice

Now that you have selected the scholarships you will apply for and you have prepared your supporting documents, it is time to go back to the Scholarship Listings, click on the name of each program you are applying for, and fill out your applications.

Fourth, Wait to Learn If You Have Won

Notifications are sent out 120 days after the application deadline (December 15, 2016).

One Important Detail

Remember, only Golden Key members are eligible for Golden Key awards and grants. If you are not a member yet, CLICK HERE to learn how to apply.


Success Strategies for Job Interviewing

October 26, 2016


With so many applicants on the job market today, it is more important than ever to stand out in job interviews. In today’s post, let’s look at some proven interviewing strategies for becoming the candidate that companies are eager to hire.

Present Yourself Strongly and Professionally in Your Interview

Of course, you will dress like a professional for your job interview. Here are some additional ways to project a professional image:

  • Walk into the room confidently, smile, look your interviewer in the eyes, shake hands, introduce yourself, and say “pleased to meet you.”
  • Carry your resume and supporting materials in your hand when you enter the room, so you don’t have to hunt for them.
  • Display good posture and strong body language, without becoming stiff. One good option? If you are sitting in a chair with armrests, let your arms rest comfortably on them and sit straight, with both your feet on the floor.
  • As the interview is coming to a finish, thank your interviewer, shake hands again, and make a confident exit from the room while maintaining eye contact.

Find One or Two Comfortable Ways to Connect with Your Interviewer on a Personal Level

It is one of the most effective ways to stand out from other applicants and be remembered. Some options:

  • Make a positive connecting statement like, “You must be excited about working here! I am excited to be here.”
  • If your interviewer has personal items on display, use them as a point of connection. If there is a picture of a children’s sports team, for example, you can ask about that. Is there a college diploma? If there is a shelf of books, comment on one of them. Even a song that is playing in the background or a plant on the windowsill can serve as a point of personal connection.
  • Without prying, ask some questions to determine whether you and your interviewer have something in common. Do you live in the same town, root for the same sports team, or even ride the same transit line?

Study the Hiring Company before Your Interview

Your ability to show that you know about the company can go a long way toward making you a preferred applicant of choice. If the company has been in the news recently, you will want to understand why and be ready to talk about it in an informed way. Invest a little time visiting the company’s website and learn the following:

  • The company’s history.
  • What the company makes and does.
  • Where the company and its facilities are located.
  • The company’s mission, values, and charitable activities.
  • Who the company leaders are and what they are like.

Ask Questions – Don’t Just Answer Them

Doing so is an effective way to show your interest in the job, showcase your smarts, and take control of the flow of conversation. Here are some strong questions to ask:

  • “What is the most important trait you are looking for in the people who do this job?”
  • “What is a typical day like on the job?”
  • “Is this a new position?”
  • “How many other employees are currently performing this job; Are you staffing up?”
  • “Who would my supervisor and colleagues be?”
  • “Do you offer training, and what is it like?”
  • “What opportunities are there for advancement?”
  • “Will you be scheduling follow-up interviews… what are my next steps?”

Talk about the Skills, Knowledge and Experience You Bring to the Job

Start by thinking about the traits and experiences that your interviewer is probably looking for. Depending on the position you are applying for, they could include:

  • Experience working as a good team member.
  • The ability to speak a second or third language.
  • Maturity you gained while studying abroad.
  • Specific skills you gained in school that you can use on the job.
  • Honors and achievements, such as your membership in Golden Key.
  • Demonstrated computer or technical skills.
  • Your ability to recover from mistakes or setbacks in the past.

Listen Attentively and Closely

Good listening practices like these demonstrate that you are smart, focused and interested in the position:

  • Sit calmly and focus on what the interviewer is asking, without allowing interrupting thoughts to intrude.
  • Before answering, ask follow-up questions to be sure you have understood what the interviewer is asking.
  • After answering a question, follow up by asking, “Is that what you wanted to know… can I add more?”

Follow Up Strongly

Doing so can make all the difference in whether you get a job offer or not.

  • If you are genuinely interested in the job, say so at the end of the interview. If you don’t say you are interested, how can your interviewer know?
  • Ask what your next steps are in the hiring process.
  • Send a handwritten thank you note to your interviewer. Although that seems formal, it demonstrates your professionalism and strong interest in the job.


Any tips of tricks of your own for job interviews? What’s worked for you? What hasn’t? Add your experience in the comments below!

Golden Key Elects a New Board Chair

October 18, 2016


New Election to Golden Key International Honour Society’s Board of Directors

ATLANTA, GA – Adnan Bokhari, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation for Enterprise Development, was recently elected Board Chair of Golden Key International Honour Society’s Board of Directors. He has served on the Golden Key Board since 2014 and has been a member of the Finance Committee since 2012. Based in DC, CFED is a national non-profit organization working at the local, state and federal levels to create opportunities in savings, education, entrepreneurship and homeownership.  CFED’s work makes it possible for millions of people to achieve financial security.


“Golden Key is the only collegiate honor society providing such a broad spectrum of valuable services to its members. I am proud to be part of this amazing organization and look forward to advancing our members’ interests in my new role,” said Bokhari.

Golden Key Executive Director, Brad Rainey, stated, “I am excited to have Adnan serve as the Chair of the Golden Key Board of Directors. He has demonstrated steady leadership, extensive expertise and a real commitment to the organization while serving as a member of our Finance Committee and Board of Directors.”

Golden Key’s Board of Directors governs the business, property and affairs of the Society in accordance with the Society’s bylaws. These individuals are a role model of the Society’s values and are chosen to create a balanced representation from the academic, for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. The Board is balanced with experienced practitioners who provide guidance and support to Golden Key headquarters.

About Golden Key
Founded in 1977, Golden Key International Honour Society is a global collegiate honor society established to recognize college students for academic excellence.  While membership in Golden Key begins with academic excellence, the Society’s core mission is to enable members to realize their potential through three pillars: academics, leadership and service.  The Society, comprised of over 2 million members, has more than 400 campus-based chapters in eight countries that include Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, The Bahamas and the United States.  For more information about Golden Key, please visit

Networking Your Way to the Top: Five Keys to Success

October 11, 2016


Back when you were in high school, networking was simple. You sat down with someone who worked with your mother or father, or with a member of the clergy at your house of worship, with a local business leader – or maybe with someone who had attended a college that interested you. You asked general questions about your future, your education and your career.

There was value in that kind of networking at the time. But now that you are a college student, a graduate student or a college grad, the stakes are higher. You aren’t just collecting general information. You are at the stage of life when you are making specific plans. That means taking the process of networking to a higher level.

Here are five ways to get the most from networking now that you are “playing for the pros.

Reach out to people in the professions where you would like to work

They should work in the companies or industry that you are targeting, not people who are just important or influential in a general sense. The goal of meeting with them is to ask specific questions, not collect general information. Some examples might include:

  • “Do only communications majors get hired by companies like yours to work in PR, or do you sometimes hire English majors like me?”
  • “I never took any courses in electrical engineering in college. Do I need to add those before I apply for jobs in companies X, Y or Z?”
  • “Which companies in our area are most involved in doing good in the community and helping people?”

Tap individuals who come from communities where you belong, not “anyone who will speak to you”

There are many reasons to do this. First of all, they will be more likely to meet with you. Second, they will have more interest in helping you succeed. Some of these communities might include:

  • Graduates of your college or university.
  • Members of Golden Key or other honor societies to which you belong.
  • Members of professional fraternities or other professional organizations.

Stress that you are asking for an informational interview, not a job interview

The most effective networking happens when you ask for information, not for a job, for several reasons:

  • If you ask for a job, your networking contacts will either refer you to the employment office at their companies or turn down your request to meet. (“We are not hiring jobs right now.”)
  • When you ask for information, most people will be happy to meet with you. If they know of jobs that are right for you, they will refer you to them. In contrast, asking for a job interview is a “hit or miss” strategy that has little chance of getting results.

Effective networking means staying in touch with people, not just meeting once

On the day you meet with someone, he or she might not know of any jobs or other opportunities that are right for you. In a week or two, that could change! That is why it is so important to take the following steps to keep your networking contacts active:

  • Send a written thank-you note after your first conversation. Not an email . . . not a tweet . . . a good old-fashioned handwritten thank-you note! It will get your networking relationship off to a strong start.
  • Share news about what you are up to. When you get an internship or win an award, let your networking contacts know.
  • Send links to articles and other information that your networking contacts will read and appreciate. It is a quick and effective mind to “stay on their radar.”
  • If you get a new job, let them know. It’s another way to demonstrate that you see your networking contacts as resources who are part of your success team.

Effective networking works best when you meet people face-to-face, not only connect online

Online forums like LinkedIn can certainly help you network. But the most productive networking happens when people invest the time and effort to meet people face-to-face. Some reasons include:

  • When you actually meet your contact, you become vastly more memorable.
  • Your contact will notice strengths and abilities in you that simply cannot be communicated online.
  • Genuine in-person relationships are far more easy to maintain and strengthen than online relationship can ever be.

So go out there and start connecting! Do you have any tips for networking you’d like to share? Sound off in the comments!