Published on June 9, 2016 by Sean Flynt  

Samford University physics and philosophy alumnus David Bayless ’15 has earned one of only 51 $5,000 national Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships. The University Fellows honor student graduated in December and this fall will enter the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, in Galveston, Texas.

The national Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards the fellowships to members entering their first year of graduate or professional study, with selection based on academic achievement, service and leadership experience, letters of recommendation and career goals.

Bayless said he was especially grateful to friends in the Class of 2015, and Samford faculty mentors Dennis Sansom, Alan Hargrave and David Garza. “I had a lot of maturing to do when I started at Samford,” he said, “which meant my friends, professors and family needed a lot of patience to put up with me as I grew.”

Sansom, chair of Samford’s philosophy department, recalled only the promising young scholar. “David Bayless was an exceptional student who excelled in his double major,” Sansom said. “We are confident that David will do well in medical school and become a good physician.”

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.