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Recent UW-Eau Claire Graduate Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

RELEASED: May 20, 2009

Jared Koerten
Jared Koerten

EAU CLAIRE — Jared Michael Koerten, Plover, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire May 16, was recently awarded a $5,000 fellowship by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society.

The son of Clayton and Laurie Koerten, Jared graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in history and economics with a minor in global studies. He plans to continue his studies in international relations at the University of Chicago.

Koerten is among 100 students nationwide to receive the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship or Award of Excellence. The Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Program allocates nearly $380,000 annually to deserving students for first-year graduate or professional study. Currently, 60 fellowships of $5,000 and 40 awards of excellence of $2,000 are awarded each year.

The selection process for the PKP fellowships and awards is based on the applicants' undergraduate academic performance; leadership and service on the 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.

Koerten is a member of a number of honor societies and also has earned a variety of other academic awards and honors, including a National Merit Scholarship, a UW-Eau Claire Outstanding Senior Award, a Herb Kohl Educational Excellence Scholarship, a Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship, a US Bancorp Educational Awards Scholarship, and UW-Eau Claire's 20th annual Karl Andresen Scholarship, awarded each year to a graduating senior who demonstrates great potential for success in graduate or law school.

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