A member of MTSU’s most prestigious honor society has received one of the national organization’s top stipends.
Jacob Basham, who graduated in May with bachelor’s degrees in professional mathematics and general science, has won a $5,000 fellowship from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Basham will use the funding to continue his education at the University of Tennessee’s College of Medicine.
“I’m quite honored to win this national scholarship,” Basham said. “It’s really going to help with tuition and cost-of-living expenses.”
Basham said he has not yet decided on a medical specialty, but he said he’s most excited about the possibility of performing biomedical research in an academic setting.
The Portland, Tenn., native is one of 57 students across the country to receive a Phi Kappa Phi fellowship.
Winners are chosen on the basis of the following criteria: evidence of graduate potential, undergraduate achievement, service and leadership, letters of recommendation, a personal statement of educational perspective and career goals, and acceptance at an approved graduate or professional program.
Headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines with chapters at more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines.