UK Student Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 18, 2016)University of Kentucky junior Savanah Sellars of Lexington, recently was awarded a Study Abroad Grant worth $1,000 from the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Sellars is one of 25 students nationwide to receive the award.

Currently a junior majoring in integrated strategic communication, within the College of Communication and Information, Sellars will use the grant to study abroad in London, England, over the summer. She will be working at Rosa UK (United Kingdom), a charitable fund that supports initiatives that benefit women and girls, as a communications intern. Her duties are expected to include event planning and marketing, writing press releases and blogs, website management and more.

"I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to work at an organization that empowers women," Sellars said. "Rosa UK has fewer than 10 employees, so I hope to be busy and 'all in' from day one. This is my first study abroad experience, and the support provided by the UK Education Abroad Office has been excellent. I’m exceptionally grateful for the financial assistance provided by Phi Kappa Phi and other organizations.”

Sellars, who attended high school in Yorkville, Illinois, said she chose to attend UK because of the high caliber Detachment 290, Air Force ROTC program and the wonderful support UK provides ROTC cadets.  

"After one visit to this beautiful campus, I was sold on becoming a Wildcat," she added.

Students interested in learning more about the UK Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi are invited to attend the organization's Spring 2016 General Membership meeting 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in room 203 at The 90. Please RSVP to Lynn Hiler at by Tuesday afternoon, April 19. Light refreshments will be served.

Phi Kappa Phi is supported by the Chellgren Center which is part of the Academy for Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK.

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