2016 News Releases

TWU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Announces Chapter Scholarship Recipients


Jun. 3, 2016 –The TWU chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) honored scholarship recipients, award winners and initiated new members for the Spring 2016 semester.

  Each year, TWU PKP awards four $500 scholarships among its undergraduate and graduate students who will continue studies at TWU in the following academic year. These students received scholarship awards in Spring 2016:

 Almas Ali was selected for one of the chapter leadership scholarships. She holds leadership officer positions in many organizations, including Phi Kappa Phi Student Scholars, the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) and the Financial Management Association (FMA). Almas is working to complete her MBA.

 Jessica Murphy was selected for a chapter leadership scholarship. While at TWU, she has performed with the dance department in many venues, including quartets, trios and other groups. Her work focuses on ways to express and explore how dance can be used to explain almost any idea. Murphy is working toward a master of fine arts degree in dance.

 Paramita Basu was selected for the chapter research scholarship. Basu is a full-time doctoral student in the department of biology, working on a Ph.D. in molecular biology. She has four published research articles and several research presentations that support her dissertation goals. 

 Taylor Beeman was selected for the chapter service scholarship. Beeman has logged extensive volunteer hours both with TWU organizations and through the city of Denton and the city of Wichita Falls. Her varied experiences demonstrate a dedication to serving many different communities. She will complete her bachelor of science degree in child development and will continue in the occupational therapy master’s program.

 The TWU chapter named its inaugural winner of a $500 Philosophia award to Pamela Youngblood, Ph.D. Youngblood was awarded the funds to support her travel to San Diego, where she will premiere a commissioned work for flute and piano at the National Flute Association Convention in August. Youngblood plans to record this new composition for international distribution.  

 All award winners were honored at the 36th Annual Phi Kappa Phi Banquet and Initiation Ceremony, held in April in Hubbard Hall on the Denton campus. The chapter initiated 147 new members in 2016.

 Phi Kappa Phi is an “invitation only” honor society. Chartered in 1980, TWU's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi seeks to recognize the academic excellence of its outstanding student citizens. Each year, the chapter initiates new members, recognizes eligible juniors and seniors, and sponsors local scholarships for student members. TWU PKP has more than 700 active members, including over 100 TWU faculty and staff. The TWU PKP chapter was recognized by the National Phi Kappa Phi Organization as a Chapter of Excellence in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.




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