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The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Inducts New Members from New Jersey


BATON ROUGE, LA (03/26/2020)-- The following people recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Dominic Van Blarcom of Berlin (08009) at Pennsylvania State University

Stephanie Martinez of Burlington (08016) at Widener University

Isabella Badolato of Marlton (08053) at Widener University

Rebecca McQuade of Medford (08055) at Widener University

Ann Sneddon of Mount Laurel (08054) at Widener University

Dante Enos of Sewell (08080) at Ithaca College

Jessica Iannucci of Williamstown (08094) at Widener University

Samantha Gatewood-Rivera of Willingboro (08046) at Widener University

Gabrielle Scardino of Woodstown (08098) at Widener University

They are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of undergraduate student Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines. Its 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."

More About Phi Kappa Phi

Since its founding, more than 1.5 million members have been initiated into Phi Kappa Phi. Some of the organization's notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist John Grisham and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. Each year, Phi Kappa Phi awards nearly $1 million to outstanding students and members through graduate and dissertation fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, funding for post-baccalaureate development, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives. For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, visit