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UW-Eau Claire Student
Receives National Award 

MAILED: May 6, 2002

         EAU CLAIRE  The Phi Kappa Phi national honor society recently recognized University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music student Toby Yatso, Ashwaubenon, with a $1,500 award of excellence for graduate study during the 2002-03 academic year.
         "I am honored to receive this award," said Yatso, a bachelor's degree candidate in music, instrumental performance. "I feel very fortunate that Phi Kappa Phi will be helping me to pursue my dream of graduate study in music."
         Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest and most distinguished national honor society dedicated to the recognition and promotion of academic excellence in all fields of higher education. Its graduate fellowship competition has become one of the largest and most respected scholarship programs in the country, allocating more than $460,000 to outstanding students for first-year graduate study. Currently, 52 $8,000 fellowships and 30 $1,500 awards of excellence are awarded annually.
         "Toby will contribute significant and original work to the world of music," said Dr. Gretchen Peters, assistant professor of music and theatre arts at UW-Eau Claire. Dr. Kristine Fletcher, senior lecturer of music and theatre arts, said, "Toby is the most advanced student I have worked with in 25 years of university teaching."
         The selection process for Phi Kappa Phi graduate fellowships and awards for excellence is based on students' undergraduate academic performance; leadership and service on campus and in the community; evidence of graduate potential; personal statement of educational perspective, purpose and objectives; and the evaluation reports from three individuals who are in a position to attest to the student's performance, citizenship and character.
         Headquartered on the Louisiana State University campus in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi annually inducts approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni from 282 select colleges and universities. The society awards more than $500,000 in national and chapter scholarships annually. For more information about the society and its programs, visit the Phi Kappa Phi Web site.
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Updated: May 6, 2002