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GK Scholarships: Amber Bormann

GK Scholarships: Amber Bormann

Golden Key is jubilant to introduce Amber Bormann, one of Golden Key’s 2020 Undergraduate Achievement Award winners. Amber is from Boerne, Texas, and attends Southern Methodist University.  “This award means a lot to me,” says Amber. “It is a blessing and a huge help in […]

GK Scholarships: Carla Ramazan

GK Scholarships: Carla Ramazan

Golden Key is ecstatic to introduce Carla Ramazan, one of Golden Key’s 2020 Undergraduate Achievement Award winners. Carla was born in Bucharest, Romania, but grew up primarily in Reno, Nevada. She graduated in May 2021 from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor […]

GK Scholarships: Michael Kehinde

GK Scholarships: Michael Kehinde

Golden Key is thrilled to introduce Michael Kehinde, one of Golden Key’s 2020 Undergraduate Achievement Award winners. Michael is from Hamilton, Canada, and is a graduate of the Mechatronics Engineering and Management program at McMaster University.

“I am pleased and delighted to receive the Undergraduate Achievement Award,” Michael says. “To be recognized by the world’s largest collegiate honour society is a very special moment in my life. Your recognition, generosity and support inspire me to make the world brighter through selfless leadership and a joyful commitment to serving my community.”

Michael is proud to be a Golden Key member. In addition, he is a part of many other organizations, including being the Founding Member and Vice-President of Community Development of Leading Edge Engineering, the President, Co-Chaplain, and Tenor Singer at McMaster Gospel Choir, a Student Member of Professional Engineers Ontario and a Student Member of Ontario Society of Professional Engineers.

“It means a lot to me to be part of something bigger and to share the values of academics, leadership and service with Golden Key,” Michael admits. 

Not only is Michael a Golden Key scholarship recipient, but also a recipient of many awards at McMaster University, including Faculty of Engineering Valedictorian, University Senate Award, Deans’ Honour List, McMaster President’s Award and Schulich Leader Nominee.

“Thank you, Golden Key Board of Directors, Volunteer Leadership, and Headquarters Staff for this immense honour and for your consideration,” Michael shares. 

Thank you for being a part of the Golden Key family Michael, we wish you the best of luck as you pursue your career! 

GK Scholarships: Hannah Via

GK Scholarships: Hannah Via

Golden Key is delighted to introduce Hannah Via, one of Golden Key’s 2020 Undergraduate Achievement Award winners. Hannah attends the American Public University. “Winning this award is personal confirmation for me that hard work, dedication, and perseverance pay off,” says Hannah. Hannah considers herself a […]

GK Scholarships: Tushar Sood

GK Scholarships: Tushar Sood

Golden Key is pleased to introduce Tushar Sood, one of Golden Key’s 2020 Undergraduate Achievement Award winners. Tushar is originally from Brampton, Ontario, Canada and is studying Honours Integrated Science with a Concentration in Biology and Interdisciplinary Minor in Community Engagement at McMaster University.  “Being […]

GK Scholarships: Raphael Anastassios Kirou

GK Scholarships: Raphael Anastassios Kirou

Golden Key is proud to introduce Raphael Anastassios Kirou, one of Golden Key’s 2020 Undergraduate Achievement Award winners. Raphael was born and raised in Astoria, New York by parents who immigrated from northern Greece. Raphael graduated summa cum laude in December 2020 with his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University. He majored in Biological Sciences and with a minor in Applied Economics.

“During my time at Cornell, I was a member of the laboratory of Dr. Cedric Feschotte, where I investigated the role of human endogenous retroviral proteins in immunity,” says Raphael. “In addition to my academic activities, I served on the executive boards of the Hellenic Students Association and the Orthodox Christian Fellowship as Treasurer. I also volunteered weekly at the Short Stay Surgical Unit of Cayuga Medical Center and in an assisted living facility.”

Raphael’s path at Cornell exemplifies extreme dedication to academics, leadership and service. While at Cornell, he served on the executive board for the Cornell Chapter of Golden Key, first as the Vice President of Communications and later as the President. 

“I enjoyed volunteering as part of this team in the local community, by holding food drives and charity fundraisers, making holiday cards for hospital patients, and tutoring middle school students as part of the “SPARK a Change” initiative,” Raphael reminisces. “As President, I was proud to be able to work with the executive board to organize service and social events for members while also recruiting new members and making sure the chapter continued to progress after my departure.”

Raphael’s achievements don’t stop at the Undergraduate Achievement Award or chairing his Golden Key chapter; he has also received several other awards throughout his time at Cornell. 

“I received the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Academic Excellence Award in Biological Sciences, which is given to the top three graduating students in the major,” says Raphael. “I also received several national awards: The Panhellenic Scholarship Foundation Award in 2018 and the FAITH Scholarship for Excellence in STEM in 2018, 2019, and 2020.”

As for the next phase in Raphael’s career has chosen to continue his education and recently began medical school. 

“I am immensely grateful to the Golden Key International Honour Society for selecting me for this award,” explains Raphael. “Aside from the financial support, the award also gives me the motivation to continue to succeed in the next phase of my career…Thank you to Golden Key for supporting its members to achieve their goals in life!”

Thank you for being a part of the Golden Key family Raphael, we wish you the best of luck at medical school! 

 

Golden Key Spotlight: Phenyo Mabokela

Golden Key Spotlight: Phenyo Mabokela

In life, we meet many people along the way, and they all play an essential role in our future. Someone who believes in the importance of meeting new people is Golden Key member Phenyo Mabokela. “I’m really passionate about helping others because I feel all […]

Golden Key Spotlight: Jhana Chambers

Golden Key Spotlight: Jhana Chambers

College is a big decision, but it can be one of the best decisions in many people’s lives. One person who made the decision to go back to college is Golden Key member Jhana Chambers.  “The opportunity to go back to school was a unique […]

Golden Key Spotlight: Emmanuel Pichay

Golden Key Spotlight: Emmanuel Pichay

When we run into rejection, we can either be held down by it or learn from it and move forward as a braver person. Someone who has taken rejection and genuinely grown from it is Golden Key member Emmanuel Pichay. 

“This all started back in high school, and I liked this one girl and long story short, I asked her out, she laughed, and my judgment was clouded, and I couldn’t do well in school, and I didn’t know what I wanted to do from that point,” reveals Emmanuel. “And my friends just kept motivating me to graduate on time, and so I did. And I went to community college from that point, and that’s where I started figuring things out slowly, and now here I am two honor societies, about to make that three.”

Emmanuel Pichay is working on his pre-med degree in Human Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He joined Golden Key in the Fall of 2020 and regularly participates in his campuses’ chapter events, where he feels he has learned good time management skills. 

“Honestly, Golden Key impacted my life by being a second chance for me to live life the way I used to be, a good, hardworking, academic achiever,” says Emmanuel. “It motivated me to do better than where I am right now.”

While Emmanuel has excelled academically this year, he has also struggled to stay afloat this year. He is among the many students who the Coronavirus Pandemic heavily impacted.

“My biggest challenge in my academic career is this pandemic that we’re living in right now,” Emmanuel reflects. “Not many students can afford to pay tuition themselves, just like me, and it’s definitely clouded my judgment and clouded their judgment–thinking how am I going to afford to pay my tuition? And with all the Zoom lecture teaching, it’s thinking how is this going to be easy on us students? And the way I look at it is, I’ve learned to adapt to the sudden changes.”

Emmanuel copes with the challenges of the pandemic by building a solid support system around himself. He finds the most comfort in making friends and is always trying to expand his friend circle.

“My biggest supporter right now, I would have to say, is my new friends at our campus church,” Emmanuel shares. “I recently just went back to church, and everyone I met there is really good students and really good friends, and I can always go to them when I’m in distress, or I might be stressed out from school, they’re fun to talk to, and they always talk about their academic careers and their line of work.”

Emmanuel would like to advise any new members that “It’s okay to take your time in life when it comes to schools and to figuring things out, just don’t take too long of a time figuring things out.”

Golden Key Spotlight: Cameron Cuevas

Golden Key Spotlight: Cameron Cuevas

Spirit, honor and bravery, all come to mind when thinking of the women and men who dedicate their lives to protecting their countries. One of these brave men is Golden Key member Cameron Cuevas.  Cameron is studying Management Information Systems at Bowie State University and […]