Sarah Mecklenburg ’13, originally from Germany, has been awarded a Fellowship worth $5,000 by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.
Mecklenburg graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in communication from Jacksonville University in 2013. As a Phi Kappa Phi Fellow, she will pursue an MBA in marketing in JU’s Davis College of Business.
Mecklenburg is among 57 students nationwide to receive a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship. Since its creation in 1932, the Fellowship Program has become one of the Society’s most visible and financially well-supported endeavors, allocating $345,000 annually to deserving students for first-year graduate or professional study. Currently, 51 Fellowships of $5,000 and six of $15,000 are awarded each year.
While at JU, Mecklenburg won the Fred B. Noble Award for outstanding scholarship, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average, and was named Communication Student of the Year. She also won Best Long Light Feature and Best Photo Essay from the Florida Associated Press College Broadcasters. She served as station manager for Dolphin Channel television, and is currently a producer and editor at Gemstone Media Inc. in Jacksonville.
The selection process for the Phi Kappa Phi fellowship is based on the applicants’ evidence of graduate potential, undergraduate academic achievement, service and leadership experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement of educational perspective and career goals, and acceptance at an approved graduate or professional program.
Unlike most other honor societies, Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and honors excellence in all academic disciplines. This year for the first time, Jacksonville University’s 40-year-old chapter inducted students by individual college, rather than from across the university overall.
Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, most selective and most prestigious all-discipline honor society. Membership is by invitation only to JU’s top 7.5 percent of second-term juniors and top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students.
In addition to the fellowships, Phi Kappa Phi’s robust award programs give more than $1 million each biennium to qualifying students and members through undergraduate study abroad grants, grants for literacy initiatives, and member and chapter awards. To learn more about these programs, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org/Awards.
To learn more about JU’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter, contact Dr. Lynnette Kennison through PKP@jacksonville.edu or directly at Lkennis@ju.edu.
More About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” For more information, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.