Carl Nathe

By

College: Arts and Sciences

UK Grad Makes History with Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Published: Jun 30, 2011

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 30, 2011) − University of Kentucky graduate Jenna Brashear has made history with her accomplishment of being awarded a $5,000 fellowship grant from the national honor society Phi Kappa Phi. Brashear, a 2010 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences who majored in international studies and German, with a minor in music performance, is the first-ever UK student to receive this award. Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest, largest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines, has been honoring accomplished students for over 100 years, however, the UK chapter was chartered only two years ago in the spring of 2009.

 

Brashear says that the best UK experiences for her include German language courses, the Honors Program, the Gaines Fellowship, working with the Discovery Seminar Program as a Chellgren Fellow and the Society for the Promotion of Undergraduate Research. She says, "Mostly I remember the people I met in those activities, both peers and faculty, and ultimately those connections are the most lasting aspect."

 

She says that these experiences in small, discussion-based learning environments influenced her views on education significantly because each were pronounced examples of the many benefits of having small class sizes, the opportunity for students to engage with the material and the professors, and to build relationships while learning from peers.

 

Brashear says she had a desire to be extremely involved in extracurricular activities even before the ninth grade, but that, "Music in high school required a commitment to a group of people, and also opened doors for me to move beyond the physical and more abstract of where I was." The Muhlenberg County native adds that she believes most of her learning and growing has happened in nonrequired activities.

 

Brashear has a passion for trying to advance opportunities in the arts, particularly for young people. "Learning to play the French horn and performing music expanded my social skills and gave me confidence to be a risk taker."

 

She says this is one reason why she has stayed involved with the arts and will be teaching a band camp for the fifth consecutive year. "The arts are a refuge for many students, and that was one reason that I used my experience in the Gaines Fellowship at UK to think about and work more with the arts where I grew up."  Her work, in turn, was used to help an auditorium project gain traction and funding.

 

After graduating from UK, Brashear moved to Washington, D.C. to take on an assignment as an intern at the Holocaust Museum.  While there, she also gained an internship at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP). It was her work at IHEP that helped her realize how much her previous activities had been largely education-related all along and she then decided to pursue graduate studies in that same field.

 

Currently, Brashear is living in her hometown, Beaver Dam, in Ohio County, working at her mother's business. She is hopeful of beginning work on her Master of Public Policy in Education Policy degree at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College this fall and plans to complete the program in the spring of 2013.

 

The Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship will help Brashear continue her educational pursuits, particularly because a practicum is required for the program. Because it is usually completed in the summer when no financial aid or merit scholarships are awarded, the Phi Kappa Phi award has given her an additional amount of flexibility to have greater choice with regard to where and when she completes the practicum.

 

"The fellowship is very important to me because I was fortunate enough to be one of the founding members and student vice presidents of the UK Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi," says Brashear.  "It delivers a testament to the benefits of bringing such an amazing organization onto campus."

 

Looking to the future, she would like to one day work on the ground level with an organization such as the Department of Education or a nonprofit, and then potentially further her education with an Ed.D. or Ph.D. Beyond that, Brashear's long-term goal is to work in a university setting or to start a nonprofit of her own focused on education in Kentucky.

 

Citing the Phi Kappa Phi award one more time, she adds, "The fellowship has allowed me to dream big!"

 

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Jessica Hancock or Carl Nathe, (859) 257-3200

 

11-06-24_-_jenna_brashear_cropped.jpg
February
 
1
Graduate Student Congress Meeting (February)
Mon
2
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Tue
3
K Crew Recruitment
Last Day to Drop a Course Without Appearing on Transcript
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Wed
4
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Undergraduate Research Information Session
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Thu
5
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Explore Blue
Off-Campus Student Services' Wildcat Apartment Hop #1
Panel Discussion: Historic Homes
Fri
6
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Sat
7
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Sun
8
K Crew Recruitment
Sex and Chocolate
Law School Prep Workshop
Mon
9
K Crew Recruitment
Healthy Relationships Workshop
How to Package Communication and Technical Skills on your Resume
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
2016 Distinguished Industry Lecture Series
Tue
10
K Crew Recruitment
Last Day to Receive 50% Refund
Pinterest Party #1
Off-Campus Student Association Information Session
Get Yourself Tested!
Showcase your Talents: Building a Strong Portfolio
An Evening with Tatyana Ali and Amir Windom: Progression Towards Success
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
How to Survive a Plague
Wed
11
K Crew Recruitment
Coffee & Canvases
Off-Campus Student Association Information Session
Study Abroad in Berlin!
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Thu
12
K Crew Recruitment
Explore Blue
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Ash and the Market: Ceramic Exchange, Political Economy, and the Late to Terminal Classic Transformation of the Kiuic Polity
Fri
13
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Learn to Play Bridge
Workshop: The Artist Statement
Sat
14
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Sun
15
K Crew Recruitment
See ICT
Patterson School Guest Speaker Series
Mon
16
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
See ICT
UK Women's Forum February Board Meeting
Tue
17
K Crew Recruitment
Food For Thought
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Wed
18
Undergraduate Research Information Session
Soup & Substance: Real Talk, Real Issues, & Real People Series
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Thu
19
PharmD Interviews
Explore Blue
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Off-Campus Student Services' Wildcat Apartment Hop #2
SAB Underground Formal
Fri
20
PharmD Interviews
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Sat
21
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Sun
22
Undergraduate Research Information Session
University Health Service- Let It Go
Mon
23
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
University Health Service- Know Your Numbers
University Health Service- Mindful Eating
Tue
24
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
UK Elder Care Lunch & Learn - Don't Blame It On Aging
Ravi Zacharias at Memorial Coliseum
Wed
25
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Thu
26
Explore Blue
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference
Eday Talk by Georgetown Toyota President Wil James
Do What You Are: Connecting Personalities w/ Profession
Off- Campus Student Services' Wildcat Apartment Hop #3
Traditions and Transformations in Tz’utujil Territory, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, 500 BC – 1524 AD
Concert in the Museum: Central Music Academy
Fri
27
Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
UK E-Day
Pre-Opera Dinner
Sat
28
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
DanceBlue Rave Hour
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Sun
29
Monday through Friday - Midterm Grading window is open. The mid-term grading window will close at midnight on March 11.
Monday through Wednesday - Students are prohibited from changing academic major
Bodies Of Evidence: Provocations: A Transnational Feminist History Project
Mon
 
 
 
 
 
Feb 10
Last Day to Receive 50% Refund 02/10/2016

Wed, 02/10/2016

Repeats every day on January, February, March, April every Sunday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday and every Saturday until Sun Apr 03 2016 .
Thu, 02/11/2016

Repeats every day on January, February, March, April every Sunday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday and every Saturday until Mon Apr 04 2016 .
Thu, 02/11/2016

Thu, 02/11/2016

Reset Page