Elmhurst University student Jennifer Szutowicz recently was awarded The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant, which Szutowicz will use this fall when she takes courses in Ireland.
The award provides a $1,000 grant to undergraduate students (both Phi Kappa Phi members and nonmembers from campuses with Phi Kappa Phi chapters) to expand their knowledge and experience in their academic field by studying abroad. Szutowicz is one of 125 students around the country to receive the grant.
A rising senior and nursing major from Woodridge, Ill., Szutowicz will be studying in Ireland at University College of Dublin for the Fall Term.
“I was ecstatic when I found out I got the grant, and I am so grateful to Phi Kappa Phi for the financial support,” Szutowicz said. “I know my international experience will make me a better nursing student and future nurse.”
“I am also grateful that Elmhurst created this study abroad opportunity for nursing majors,” she said. The program allows nursing students to take nursing courses in Dublin and experience the role that culture plays in health care. She will be one of 11 Elmhurst nursing students to study in Ireland in the fall.
The selection process for the Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant is based on academic achievement, campus and community service, relation of travel to academic preparation and career goals, a personal statement, letters of recommendation, and acceptance into a study abroad program.
Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, extends membership invitations to the top 7.5 percent of juniors and top 10 percent of seniors. Szutowicz was invited to be a Phi Kappa Phi member as a junior.