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BATON ROUGE, LA (03/18/2024)-- 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.

Heather Blanchard of Valencia (08104) at Meredith College.

Carolann Cautin of Mount Laurel (08054) at Nova Southeastern University.

Sierra Hamlin of Cherry Hill (08002) at Texas A&M University.

Amelia Laubsch of Bridgeton (08302) at The College of New Jersey.

Cecelia Lawyer of Audubon (08106) at The College of New Jersey.

Katharyn Mackiewicz of Cinnaminson (08077) at Widener University.

Megan Majewski of Millville (08332) at The College of New Jersey.

Kelsey Miller of Egg Harbor Twp (08234) at Arkansas State University.

Sofie Ricca of Belmar (07719) at Elon University.

Kelly Stokes of Linwood (08221) at The University of Tampa.

Jennifer Thorpe of Joint Base MDL (08641) at The University of Oklahoma.

Helaina Toth of Sewell (08080) at Arcadia University.

Emily Tumelty of Seaville (08230) at The University of Mississippi.

Olivia Vigilante of Sewell (08080) at Purdue University.

Jessica Wells of Newfield (08344) at Widener University.

They are among approximately 25,000 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 325 campuses in the United States, its territories 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 $1.3 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