Samford University history and University Fellows honors program alumnus Keely Smith ’18 is one of only 51 national Phi Kappa Phi Fellows named in June. The $5,000 award from one of the nation’s the oldest and most selective academic honor societies will help support Smith in her first year of study in Princeton University’s Ph.D. program, where she earned a full scholarship to study Native American folkways.
“Samford's history department and the University Fellows program were incredibly influential in inspiring me to pursue a Ph.D. and gave me the support I needed through the application process,” Smith said of her Princeton scholarship. The latest honor confirms her outstanding promise as a scholar.
“The award Keely Smith received is one of the most prestigious scholarships in the nation,” said Samford Philosophy Department chair and PKP Chapter president Dennis Sansom. “She is an outstanding person and student, and we are gratified that Samford University has cultivated her and many more to be excellent scholars and individuals.”
Sansom noted that Samford students have a remarkable record of Phi Kappa Phi honors in recent years.