Recent Graduate Earns Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

photo of Alisa Pulver

It was a May to remember for Alisa Pulver, a recent Eastern Kentucky University graduate from Berea.

On May 7, at EKU’s spring commencement, she received the President’s Outstanding Senior Award and graduated summa cum laude as an Honors Scholar with a bachelor’s degree in English. More recently, Pulver learned she was one of 60 recipients nationwide of a Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship, valued at $5,000.

A member of Eastern’s nationally recognized Honors Program while a student here, Pulver is currently working in the University’s Office of First-Year Courses. This fall, she will pursue a master’s degree in publishing at New York University.

In addition to her perfect 4.0 GPA and numerous academic awards at EKU, Pulver immersed herself in campus life and held leadership roles in several organizations and initiatives. She has been a Bible study and prayer team leader and summer project team member for Campus Crusade for Christ, and led a group of Eastern students on an inner-city ministry project in Orlando, Fla.

She was editor for the Aurora Online Literary Journal and was a publishing assistant for Liberties Press in Dublin, Ireland, while on an unpaid internship through Eastern’s Study Abroad Program. She also served as an editorial assistant with EKU’s Office of First-Year Courses, assisting with the production of the University’s new student orientation textbook.

The Outstanding Senior Award, presented by EKU President Doug Whitlock, is based on scholarship, leadership and service to campus and community. Each recipient receives a plaque and a $1,000 stipend.

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship applications are evaluated based on numerous factors, including academic recognition and awards, campus and community involvement, leadership experiences, and quality and scope of proposed program.

Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Phi Kappa Phi inducts annually more than 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The Society has chapters at 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.

Published on May 31, 2011