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Idaho State University Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 110

The installation date for our chapter was February 26, 1970. The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, most selective, and most prestigious all-discipline honor society. Standards for election to Phi Kappa Phi are extremely high. Membership is by invitation only to ISU’s top 7.5 percent of second term juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students from each college.

The Society is proud of its record of helping members advance their education and serve their community through various programs. Members are eligible for one or more of the Society's grants and awards such as the "Fellowship Program" for graduate studies, "Love of Learning," and "Literacy."

The chapter of PKP at ISU is proud to support eligible undergraduate PKP members with scholarship money donated by our members. Your contributions to this fund are welcome.

Phi Kappa Phi Officers:

President - Dave Woods

Past President -  Barbara Frank

President-Elect - TBA

Secretary - Sandi Shropshire

Treasurer - Rudy Kovacs

Public Relations – Elaine Smith

Awards & Grant Coordinator – Jody Finnegan

Student Vice President – Sydney Eichelberger

921 South 8th Avenue
Stop 8348
Pocatello, ID 83209-8348 


Scholarship Opportunity for Phi Kappa Phi members:

If you are planning on entering graduate or professional school next academic cycle, then you may be eligible for this award.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi currently awards fifty Fellowships of $8,500 each, six at $20,000 each, and two at $35,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Idaho State University's Chapter #110 will select one candidate from among the eligible applicants.  More information about this fellowship opportunity is available at The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

To apply for a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship, you must:

  • Be an active member of Phi Kappa Phi (annual dues paid by April 15 of the current year).
  • Have applied to enroll as a full-time student in a post-baccalaureate program of study
    for the current academic year. Accredited international institutions are acceptable.

You may complete the application online and save the completed PDF. You'll then submit the application, official transcripts, test scores (if applicable), work sample, and two letters of recommendation to your local chapter by April 1, 2022 via email. The nominating committee for the ISU PKP chapter will select one applicant as its nominee for the competition.

If you are interested:

Complete the application online, print it out, and submit it via email with the other required
materials no later than April 1, 2022 to:
Dave Wood ( )

2022 ISU Chapter 110 Phi Kappa Phi Initiates

Congratulations. We welcome you as our newest Phi Kappa Phi members and wish you continued scholarly success and community service.

Watch the ceremony


Graduate Students

Savannah Allmet | Human Resource Development

*Amy Blankenship | Nursing

Kellie Cayer | Anthropology

Reena Chrysler | Educational Leadership

Alicen Cummings | Human Resource Development

*Jacquelyn Duffy | Spanish

Christa Gessaman | Teaching

Porter Glines | Computer Science

Tage Gould | Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Mackenzie Gustafson | Nursing, PMHNP

*Polly Hulsey | Higher Education Leadership

*Meesha Iqbal | Public Health

Peggy Lelesi | Dental Hygiene

Marcus Marlette | Science and Engineering

David Marquez | Public Administration

Denyee Matthews | Anthroplogy/Education

Michelle Miles | Nursing Practice

Kyler Pawlowski | Medicine/Healthcare Administration

Amme Redington | Environmental Science and Management

*Gabriela Rindfleisch | Physician Assistant Studies

Maria Elena Rumayor | Spanish

Colleen Sonne | School Psychology

Mallory Summers | Nutrition

Ana Swaminathan | Spanish

Michelle Velazquez | Psychology

*LeAnne Woods | Communication, Media & Persuasion

*Grace Young | Audiology


Professional Students

Kaylyn Buchanan | Mechanical Engineering

Jamie Huber | Pharmacy

Shylee Mann | Pharmacy



Malachi Armstrong | Health Science

Kathleen Clijsters | Psychology

Colleen Davidson | Sociology

*Darrow Felsted | Biology and Biomedical Science

Chloe Garner | Nursing

Arianne Hedley | Physical Therapy Assistant

Autumn Jensen | Dietetics

*Rosa Mata | Pre-PTA/Health Science

*Mary Myers | Health Science

*Katia Sanchez Torres | Pre-PTA/Health Science

Katie Sims | Nursing

Kevin Walton | Fire Service Administration

Kerri Zwang | Sign Language Interpreting



Kaia Barrett | Psychology

*Aspen Brown | Biology and Global Studies

Ella Bunde | Biochemistry

Andrew Cavaletto | Mechanical Engineering

Sydnie Clark | Biomedical Sciences and Pre-Med Studies

*Danika Craig | Health Sciences

*Sydney Eichelberger | Secondary Education

Miren Gabiola | Music Education/Vocal Performance  

Fiona Graham | Accounting

Melody Irish | History/Political Science

Kira Jones | Accounting

*Isabel Juarez | Accounting

Keilyn Kunimoto | Communication Sciences and Disorders

Mikkala Perchetti | Biomedical Sciences

Sara Perkins | Sport Management

Prarie Plaster | Psychology

Christopher Prejean | Surveying/Goematics Engineer Technician

*Hayle Shroll | Nurse Practitioner

Kaidan Simon | Nursing

*Zachary Taylor | Accounting/Finance



*Victoria Scharp | Communication Sciences and Disorder, Speech-Language Pathology

Circle of Excellence Chapter Award Program

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi recognizes outstanding chapters each year for their work through the Circle of Excellence Chapter Award Program. The Circle of Excellence Award Program recognizes chapters for their work in promoting excellence on the local campus and engaging the community of scholars each year.

Our chapter has achieved Circle of Excellence Platinum status for 2020-2021. This is the second year in a row that we have achieved this level of excellence. This level of performance can only be achieved because of the efforts of our dedicated chapter officers and members.

Our Chapter’s Fellowship Nominees and Scholarship Recipients

2021 – Ricky Morgan, PKP Fellowship nominee

2020 – Beverly Jackson, Nifty-Fifty Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship

2020 - Kylie Greenwell, PKP Fellowship nominee

2019: William Veloso, PKP Fellowship nominee

2018: Paula Arinze, “Let the Love of Learning Rule Humanity” fall tuition scholarship recipient

2017: Jennifer Ann Stemper, “The Sandra Shropshire Fall, 2017 Tuition Scholarship” recipient


Fellowship: The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi currently awards fifty Fellowships of $8,500 each, six at $20,000 each, and two at $35,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.  

Fellowship application deadline to the ISU chapter: April 1, 2021

Scholarship: The ISU chapter of ISU, through generous donations from our community and members, offers scholarship money to eligible undergraduate PKP initiates. Your contributions are always welcome.

NiftyFifty Anniversary

March 26, 1970 - March 26, 2020


First initiation ceremony in April 1970 

Phi Kappa Phi Hosts Children’s Book Drive

In celebration of our 50th anniversary, the Idaho State University chapter of the Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi hosted a children’s book drive at both the Pocatello and Meridian campuses. “We are proud to promote the love of learning by providing these books to children and teens in our local community through this service project,” said Phi Kappa Phi President Barbara Frank.


The books collected during the book drive were distributed to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Family Service Alliance, the Aid for Friends Homeless Shelter, and Family Advocates. Phi Kappa Phi student Vice-President Nelly Cyuzuza, Awards and Grant Coordinator Jody Finnegan, and Board Member Joni Loftin delivered the books to these organizations. The books will be given to youth in the greater Pocatello and Treasure Valley communities to spur on a love of reading and learning. 

“This is such a great thing for our agency “, said Jared Marchand, Executive Director for CASA. “It is important for our volunteers to have these books to bring to children during their visits. It helps the volunteer connect with the children they are advocating for and provides them with something of their very own. Often times these children are removed from their home with no belongings of their own. It’s nice for our agency’s volunteers to give them something they can keep while they go through what is often times the worst situation of their life.”

Vice presidents of PKP McKenzie Adams and Kylie Greenwell holding donated books.


Annual Scholarly Lectures

2022 - Dr. Diana Livingston Friedley, Music by Contemporary and Underrepresented Composers

2020 - Dr. Mark McBeth, Polarization, Pandemic, and Parables

2019 - Dr. Karen Neill, Intimate Partner Violence: Current Evidence Supporting Victim Safety and Offender Accountability

2018 - Dr. Donna L. Lybecker, Sustainability in Ireland and the US

2017 - Dr. Janet Loxterman, Genetic Tools for Species Conservation