For release: July 2, 2013
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University of Memphis graduate Melanie Anne Sparks has been awarded a $5,000 fellowship
by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate
honor society for all academic disciplines.
Sparks, the daughter of Wayne and Linda Sparks of Collierville, received bachelor’s
degrees in chemistry, biology and mathematics in May. She will continue her studies
in biochemistry at Washington University in St. Louis.
A member of the Helen Hardin Honors Program, Sparks received the prestigious Barry
M. Goldwater Scholarship in 2012.
Sparks is among 57 students nationwide to receive a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship. Since
its creation in 1932, the Fellowship Program has become one of the Society’s most
visible and financially well-supported endeavors, allocating $345,000 annually to
deserving students for first-year graduate or professional study. Currently 51 fellowships
of $5,000 and six of $15,000 are awarded each year.
The selection process for the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships is based on the applicants’
evidence of graduate potential, undergraduate academic achievement, service and leadership
experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement of educational perspective
and career goals, and acceptance at an approved graduate or professional program.