Scholarship Recipients

Golden Key offers over half a million dollars in scholarships and awards each year to our deserving membership, including undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni and Golden Key advisors.

See how dreams became reality for just a few of our recent winners!

Anton Lucanus Web

"The award is an important impetus for me to continue undergraduate breast cancer research during my Bachelor of Science at the University of Western Australia. I am enthusiastic about an affiliation with Golden Key because the Society brings together top achievers, and this interaction provides collective motivation to grow as future leaders. In particular, Golden Key’s events and workshops greatly harnessed my interpersonal and teamwork skills, and have ignited an ambition to fulfill my leadership potential. Following my joining the society in November 2014, I now feel ready to enter the workforce and become a productive member of society upon graduation in 2016."

– Anton Lucanus, University of Western Australia (Individual Member) - Australia,
Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship ($5,000)

Kew Si Na Web

"I feel extremely honored and appreciative for receiving this significant award which boosts my confidence and inspiration to realize my dreams in developing innovative, creative society where individuals stand the chance to become global players. In line with this, I am very thankful for the award which definitely helps to alleviate my financial burden needed to complete my postgraduate studies at education faculty of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, majoring in Educational Technology. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” has always been my life philosophy in pursing my dreams to better myself in order to contribute to society and feel good about myself. I believe in the core values of Golden Key because giving to the society means creating positive impacts not only for the society but also for myself. "

– Kew Si NaUniversiti Teknologi Malaysia - Malaysia,
Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship ($5,000)

Elise Alison Web

"I am pleased and very thankful to have received this award as it will have a significant impact on my financial wellbeing. The award will assist me in paying off my university debt and will allow me to focus on furthering my professional and academic career. During my past four years of undergraduate and postgraduate studies I have put every effort into maintaining the highest level of academic achievement. During my time at Griffith University Golden Key has provided much needed motivation and career development through providing networking opportunities with like-minded students and staff.  My next goal is to start my PhD and as such this award could not have come at a greater time. I would like to thank Golden Key for continuing to provide support for my personal and professional development."

– Elise Alisson, Griffith University - Australia,
Education Debt Reduction ($10,000)

Kim Gibson Web

"I am extremely grateful to be a recipient of the Golden Key Research Grant. The grant will be put towards the costs associated with conducting fieldwork in a remote Pacific Island location. I am a PhD student undertaking a combined Masters (Clinical Psychology)/PhD course with the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia. My project concerns the psychological impacts of climate change in Tuvalu, a Pacific Small Island Developing State facing the prospect of potentially significant population displacement induced by climate change. I am fortunate to be a recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award and am a member of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute Doctoral Academy and the Kaldor Centre Emerging Scholars Networks. Thank you to Golden Key for this opportunity."

– Kari Gibson, Monash University - Australia,
Research Grant ($2,500)

Nupur Kanwar Web

"I am currently enrolled in my 4th year of dentistry at Griffith University, Gold Coast campus. In the upcoming years after graduation, I am aiming to work for oral health promotion in Aboriginal communities of Australia. Being a part of Golden Key has been one of the best experiences of my life. I have met some amazing people that will be my friends for a lifetime and have received great support at various times here at the Griffith University Chapter.  Golden Key has done it yet again by awarding me such a prestigious scholarship. I am very honored and grateful to have been selected for this award. This award is going to assist me with my educational expenses during my Graduate diploma and take me one step closer to my career goals. Thank you Golden Key and GEICO!"

– Nupur KanwarGriffith University - Australia,
GEICO Life Scholarship ($1,000)

William Pietsch  Web"I am studying a Bachelor of Animation, and here in one of the cultural centres of Europe, I hope to come into contact with its rich history, shaping the organic structure of the city and its renowned architecture. I hope to share many of the cultural influences great artists and writers have experienced in Edinburgh, in addition to simply enjoying a different way of life. I began my undergraduate degree in my hometown in Adelaide, Australia, studying a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering. Although animation is at the other end of the scale, I have a real passion for storytelling which is something I hope to bring to Edinburgh, and build from different inspirations. Upon graduating and completing Honours, I hope to do postgraduate studies, researching storytelling across different mediums in an interactive and virtual environment. I am looking forward to the opportunities that the Golden Key Society has opened up for me and the ways that I can begin to contribute back to the community."

– William Pietsch, Griffith University - Australia,
Study Abroad Scholarship ($5,000)


"I am truly blessed to be the 2015 recipient of the Living the Mission scholarship. It has further encouraged me to continue to live out Golden Key’s core values and to integrate them into my professional practice as a student Speech Pathologist. Wining this award will allow my dream of studying and volunteering overseas become a reality by alleviating my financial burden. Thank you to Golden Key International Honor Society for recognizing my dedication to consciously live out Golden Key’s values in my life. I am currently studying an undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia and have participated in the Golden Key New Member Reception in Melbourne. This was a great night with motivating guest speakers who spoke about leadership and how ideas and action can lead to change."

– Caitlin Pywell, Australian Catholic University - Australia ,
Living the Mission Scholarship ($2,500)


" I was incredibly excited to hear that I had been selected to receive GoldKey’s Military Service Scholarship. Although I have previously won some smaller academic awards, this is the first time that I have been granted such a prestigious prize. This scholarship will have a significant impact on my ability to achieve my desired academic outcomes with minimal impact on my family life. My academic studies are a major part of my personal and professional development, but like many things it has its associated expenses. I am the father of three daughters, Ella 5, and twins Haley and Katelyn 4. I also have a step-daughter Amy, who is 16. Although my family has always been my number one priority, my responsibilities have always been a difficult balance between military, academic and family life. This scholarship will alleviate some of the financial burden that my ongoing studies have placed on my family, allowing me to concentrate on my academic goals of achieving good results and progressing my career to new heights. "

– Mark Goldsmid, Griffith University - Australia,
Military Service Scholarship ($2,500)


" I am pleased and very grateful to have been awarded third place in the Golden Key 2015 International Summit poster session. This award has encouraged me to keep moving forward with my future endeavours in my research work and other outstanding engineering projects. As the chapter President of Edith Cowan University in 2015, I experienced an amazing career in a range of community service, academic and leadership events. The recognition of my hard work by the Golden Key International Honour Society allowed me to experience the most remarkable period of my academic life in my last year of study. As a Mechanical Engineering graduate with a master’s degree, who is passionate and has strong beliefs regarding teamwork, reliability, creativity, and motivation, I am continuing to achieve greater heights in my future engineering career and eagerly seeking new opportunities where I can best utilize my skills, broaden my knowledge and be an effective member of a working team. "

– Mostafa Fooladvand, Edith Cowan University - Australia,
Intertnational Summit Poster Session-Third Place Winner - ($500)


"I am living in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. Being recognised in this way for my research poster encourages future public display of my research, while providing financial support for further travel to do so. I became a member of Golden Key after the first year of my Bachelor degree, joining the Golden Key committee as Vice President this year. The University of Tasmania is the only university in the state, consisting of a number of geographically dispersed campuses. Launceston is a smaller campus (around 5,000 students) and we are working for Golden Key to become active in our region. Attending this year’s International Summit on the Gold Coast was geared to discovering more about Golden Key. I entered the poster competition for the experience of communicating my research proposal to a more general audience. Although at early stages of my PhD research with the School of Engineering and ICT, I am extremely pleased I took the opportunity to display my work to such an engaging group of people and was wonderfully surprised to receive a financial scholarship for my efforts. I have also connected with other researchers in my area, opening up future collaboration opportunities. This is my first Golden Key scholarship award. "

– Amanda Lunt, University of Tasmania - Australia,
International Summit Poster Session - Second Place Winner ($750)


" Life is precious and I was born to create values to my life. Golden Key is certainly the added value and the most invaluable price tag to me. Right now, I am desire to be all-rounded leader to inspire people doing goodness to the world. I strive to achieve the next mission and vision. I am more confident and competent towards successful education, career and life goals. Only Golden Key can tag me with values of global excellence and competence. Every now and then, I will keep on my spirit and attitudes to become an excellent Golden Key Alumni. In short, this award is like a dream comes true. And, it’s true that life is short too. So, make a big shot! I made it! "

– Jason Ang, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia - Malaysia,
Emerging Scholar Scholarship ($2,500)

Emma Ffrench -Mullen Web

"Winning this award has supported me in my European study abroad experience and will enable me to prolong my program in the Netherlands where I have spent the last semester. I have been given the opportunity to experience a different way of life, to come into contact with new career opportunities and, quite simply, to see and enjoy Europe. I am an undergraduate law student at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Studying at Leiden University in the Netherlands has significantly broadened my law studies, as a centre for public international law research and policymaking. Moreover, I have grown as an individual, becoming more independent and culturally aware. I am looking forward to continuing my overseas study experience.

– Emma Ffrench-Mullen, Monash University - Australia,
Asia-Pacific Study Abroad Fall Selection Award ($1,000)

Michael York Web

"It is with absolute delight and the deepest gratitude that I receive this scholarship to assist me in my studies abroad. As a personal quote I would say,“the first day is always the hardest, but one must never be so daunted by the prospects of day one, that they miss out on the benefits of day two. No one knows everything and it’s for us to seek opportunities in the hope that one day we may be able to reciprocate the opportunities and good will given to us”. This is a fitting quote for me because studying and living abroad can be challenging and this puts a lot of young students off, however after a while, it can truly become a new home, with many more opportunities than one ever thought possible. People must be proactive in seeking opportunities, however always willing to give back and be truly grateful for the opportunities given to us."

– Michael York, Edith Cowan University - Australia,
Asia-Pacific Study Abroad Fall Selection Award ($1,000)

Sherman Leung Web

" I am delighted and very grateful to have been awarded the Golden Key Graduate Scholar Scholarship for the Fall of 2014. I am presently a PhD candidate at The University of Queensland, Australia and I am studying novel therapies that might help reduce the risk of developing type 1 diabetes. During the past 4 years, I have worked hard in my undergraduate studies at Griffith University, Australia and I have graduated with a class 1 honours, a University Medal and a Science Medal. This award means the world to me and it will assist with paying off my university debt and contribute towards living expenses during my PhD. This isn't the first time Golden Key has accelerated my career development. During my undergraduate years at Griffith University, Golden Key has helped me develop my professional network with like-minded university students and teachers at friendly events such as the Corporate Wine and Cheese Evening. I would like to thank Golden Key for continuing to provide support for my career development and I have no doubt that the Graduate Scholar Scholarship will accelerate my professional development."

– Sherman Leung, Griffith University - Australia,
Graduate Scholar Scholarship - Fall Selection ($10,000)

Anna Stevenson Web" Many thanks to the Golden Key International Honours Society for the 2014 Research Grant – Fall Selection.  This award enabled me to attend two international conferences – the Northeast Popular/American Culture Association Conference in Providence, Rhode Island, and the National Women’s Studies Association’s “Feminist Transgressions” conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Both events were transformative scholarly experiences, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to attend and share my interdisciplinary research on nineteenth-century American women’s history.  I am honoured to have been chosen for this award and very much appreciate the support of Golden Key. "

– Ana Stevenson, University of Queensland - Australia,
Research Grant – Fall Selectiont ($1,000)

Yolanda Silvera

"I am so honoured and thankful to be the recipient of the Golden Key Graduate Scholar Scholarship Spring 2014. When I found out that I had won this scholarship I was not only elated but I cried, I cried because I was in extreme financial difficulty and the scholarship gave me a glimmer of hope. I am presently pursuing my Doctoral studies in Systems Engineering and had taken out a number of loans to pursue both my Masters and Doctoral Degrees. Because of this scholarship I can repay some of my tuition loans, I live in Jamaica and our economy has been unstable and as such the Jamaican dollar has continuously devalued against the $US making the interest rates on loans extremely high. I am from a poor family and I am the first person to attend university, as such when I decided to study I had to seek loans in order to pursue my studies both in Jamaica, U.S.A and the U.K. Golden Key and its members believe in academics, leadership and service and I would like to use this opportunity to thank everyone and to encourage other students to become a member of Golden Key. Thank you for believing in me."

– Yolanda Silvera, Walden University - United States,
Graduate Scholar Award ($10,000) 

Arun Looman Web

"I am sincerely honoured and grateful to receive the 2014 Golden Key Education Debt Reduction Scholarship. During my past four years of undergraduate studies I put every effort into maintaining the highest level of academic achievement possible, securing two science degrees (one medical and one environmental), a university medal, and an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) scholarship to continue my research at Southern Cross University (SCU) as a PhD student. To me, receiving this award means more time in the lab and in the field furthering our understanding of the global terrestrial-aquatic carbon cycle, and less time working to keep on top of my accumulated student debt. I have found my Golden Key Chapter to be supportive and informative, and I am thankful for the recognition and motivation provided by my peers. I am confident that receiving this award will produce better outcomes not only for my future academic endeavours, but also for the future health of humankind and our greater environment."

– Arun Looman, Southern Cross University - Australia,
Asia-Pacific Education Debt Reduction Scholarship Fall Selection ($1,000)

Erasmus du Toit

"The Graduate Scholar Scholarship Award provides great relief, allowing me to pursue a Doctoral degree in Plasma Physics at the University of York in the United Kingdom. In particular, I will be pursuing a degree in a field of physics not currently being researched in my country, South Africa, so this award will help me to achieve my goal and broaden the scientific knowledge in South Africa. I would like to thank the Golden Key International Honour Society for awarding me this Award, and allowing me to pursue my dream."

Erasmus du Toit, University of Stellenbosch - South Africa
Graduate Scholar Award ($10,000)  

Stéphanie Paquette

"Before entering the Canadian Armed Forces, I had to overcome medical issues with my health that prevented me from being accepted to the military college. After putting so much efforts into achieving the goal of joining the military and then always aiming for excellence in my studies and in my training, it is an honor for me to win the Golden Keys International 2014 Military Service Scholarship Award."

– Stéphanie Paquette, University of Ottawa - Canada 
Military Service Scholarship ($1,000)

Paige Chen Web

"To achieve the Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarship motivates me to continuously work hard and achieve academically.  This award will contribute towards my studies at the University of Hong Kong as an exchange student. I am a Bachelor of Commerce student undergoing a double major in Taxation and Accounting & Finance. I was the treasurer for Golden Key at my home university- the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working with the executive team and our University Relation Officer to promote Golden Key.  I look forward to future involvements with Golden Key."

– Paige Chen, University of Canterbury - New Zealand,
Asia-Pacific Study Abroad Fall Selection Award ($1,000)


Jerome O. Burnett

"I am honored to be the 2014 Education Debt Reduction Scholarship winner. This is truly a blessing. It further proves that the Golden Key International Honor Society is committed to its members. It demonstrates their willingness to go above and beyond to ensure that their members succeed beyond graduation. I am proud to be a member of this organization and look forward to being a part of Golden Key in the future.  Thank you for selecting me as the 2014 Education Debt Reduction Scholarship winner."

– Jerome O. Burnett, Howard University - United States
Education Debt Reduction Award ($5,000) 

Ali Borazjani WEB

"I am extremely thankful for receipt of this Golden Key Scholarship. It means I am able to spend more of my time enjoying my study abroad, and less time worrying about finances. I am currently on exchange at the City University of Hong Kong, whilst my home university is the University of Tasmania. At my home university I study a double degree in Business and Law, whilst In Hong Kong I study a Bachelor of Philosophy. My other academic awards include ‘The Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Scholarship’, ‘The University of Tasmania 125 Travel Grant’, and I have also been included on the University of Tasmania’s Dean’s Roll of Excellence."

–Ali Borazjani, University of Tasmania - Australia,
Asia-Pacific Study Abroad Fall Selection Award ($1,000)


David Knechtel

"With so many deserving candidates, I am both honored and humbled to receive the Graduate Scholar Award, and am pleased to represent the University of Alberta in my hometown of Edmonton. This award not only reflects my personal commitment to Golden Key’s pillars of academics, leadership, and service, but also the support of my family, friends, academic mentors, and volunteer partners. I pursued a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy to enter a profession centered on helping people participate in meaningful life activities at home, work, school, and in the community. I did so at a time when I had a newborn baby, a wife on maternity leave, and was active in community volunteer and leadership work. As such, I feel extremely fortunate to have received financial assistance from this and other academic awards during my degree! Through this scholarship, I also hope to further my research in pediatric ergonomics to promote health among school-aged children. I am grateful for my membership in Golden Key and for this award!"

David Knechtel, University of Alberta, Canada
Graduate Scholar Award ($10,000)   


Willem de Beer

"I come from Pretoria, South Africa. I am an ordained minister of the Dutch Reformed Church, studied Theology, and represent my country as a track and field athlete. I am the proud receiver of the Golden Key 2014 Education Debt Reduction, Fall Selection. After finishing my post graduate degree in 2013 and becoming a Golden Key member in 2014 I had no idea what the future holds for me. After seven years of study I had a substantial amount of study loans to pay off. It would have taken me four more years by myself considering other living costs as well. This award not only made my life easier but motivates me to follow my dreams. But today I am given the opportunity to settle my affairs of the past and start working on my dreams for tomorrow which includes starting another post graduate qualification in the field of Practical Theology, pursuing Olympic glory as a professional athlete and focusing on giving back to my sport and being active in the community. Thank you Golden Key!"

– Willem de Beer, University of Pretoria - South Africa
Education Debt Reduction Award ($5,000)

Devika Web

"I am honoured to receive this prestigious award, since education to me is an asset, the value of which only appreciates with time. Throughout my life, I have had the desire and vision of starting a business. This has seeded into a lot of ideas, but materialising and nurturing these ideas required knowledge. Being an international student, this scholarship means a lot, as I consider this as a stepping-stone to achieve heights in my career. It would also be of great help in managing the challenging course requirements, living expenses and also the expenses of internships, which requires unanticipated travel. "

– Devika Chandramohan, University of Wollongong - Australia,
2014 Asia-Pacific Postgraduate Study Award ($1,000)

Chuck Chuan NG Web

"I am indeed excited and humbled that I was selected as the recipient of Golden Key Asia-Pacific Academic Achievement Award. Besides, I am extremely grateful and honoured that Golden Key International Honour Society recognized my academic excellence and achievement. This award indirectly allows me to progress further in continuing to achieve greater heights in my academic studies and future work career.  "

– Chuck Chuan Ng, Universiti Malaya - Malaysia,
2014 Asia-Pacific Academic Achievement Award ($1,000)


Dawn Knasas

"I am truly honored to be a 2014 recipient of the Golden Key Commitment to Service Award.  This award represents the stepping stone I need to jump-start the next chapter of my career. After graduating from the University of Southern California in 2000 with a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering I was commissioned as a Naval Officer and attended Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida.  As a Naval Aviator, I completed two deployments during U.S Operation Enduring Freedom from 2004 through 2007.  In 2008 my first son was born and I knew I wanted to serve my country in a different capacity.  I had seen so many women and men have to choose between their career and their family.  My goal now is to start an HR business that assists Engineering Companies with integrating part-time and job-sharing employees. Currently, I am studying at the UNC Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School, further developing this business plan.  With Golden Key Honor’s Society’s financial generosity I am one step closer to completing my MBA and starting my business. Thank you again for this incredible honor, I hope in some way, I can carry forward the message of the power of knowledge that is such an integral part the Golden Key International Honour Society."

Dawn Knasas, University of Southern California - United States
Military Service Scholarship ($1,000) 

Priscilla Seah Web

"I will be using the scholarship award to finance several trips I intend to make in and around Denmark, to explore the region and also to soak myself in the various cultures across Europe. I am extremely pleased and happy to receive this award as it means I have a greater opportunity to maximise my exchange experience here in northern Europe, which has so much to offer in terms of sights, sounds and experiences. I believe the award will go a long way to enhancing my cultural capital and to further open my eyes to the rest of the world."

– Priscilla Seah, University of Tasmania - Australia,
2014 Asia-Pacific Study Abroad Award ($1,000)



Robert Sedam

"Growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico I always knew that I wanted to be a veterinarian. My path to veterinary school began at the University of New Mexico (UNM) where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. I enjoyed being involved on campus and I strove to immerse myself into many extracurricular activities. In the fall of 2010 I was invited to join the Golden Key International Honour Society and I was honored to accept this offer. One of my favorite memories of the UNM chapter of Golden Key was helping to organize a canned-food drive for the homeless. It both surprised and humbled me to see how easy it was for a small group of people to come together and initiate a positive change. During my final year at UNM I applied and was accepted into Colorado State University’s (CSU) Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program in Ft. Collins, Colorado. As I begin my second year of veterinary school I am wholly honored to have received this Graduate Scholar Award from the Golden Key organization. This is an absolutely life changing award for me and I cannot express how grateful I am to be one of this year’s recipients. I look forward to what the rest of my graduate career has in store, and for any future participation that I may have with the Golden Key International Honour Society. Thank you again for this honor."

Robert Sedam, The University of New Mexico - United States
2014 Graduate Scholar Award ($10,000)  

Jody Potter Web

"I am so excited to receive the Asia-Pacific Community Service Scholarship as it will allow me to carry out an idea that I have been planning for a long time. After raising money for Opportunity International through running a marathon, I visited India and met the incredible people who benefit from the microloan program run by this charity. With the scholarship, I will exhibit my photography from this amazing trip to share the stories of the people I met and to hopefully sell my work and continue to raise money for people in need. Thank you for this incredible opportunity. "

– Jody Potter, University of Wollongong - Australia,
2014 Asia-Pacific Community Service Award ($1,500)


Tory Chase Web"On behalf of the colourful corals and cute damselfish of the reef that I’m studying, I am thrilled and honoured to receive the Asia-Pacific Postgraduate Study Award, allowing me to continue PhD research on coral reef ecology. By aiding research focused on the manner by which fish-coral symbioses operate, this award will be utilised to fund fieldwork along the Great Barrier Reef, thus kicking off my PhD research at new reef sites. This award is a boost to my personal and professional endeavors; it is fantastic that Golden Key supports my research on coral and fish health. Thank you! "

– Tory Chase, James Cook University - Australia,
2014 Asia-Pacific Postgraduate Study Award ($1,000)


Sarah-Kate Hawkins

"I am quite pleased and honored to accept this award. The $5,000 will make a nice dent towards paying off my student loans. It will reduce my stress about finances, which will allow me to continue volunteering at Tongxian’s local orphanage in China. I completed my Master’s in Education with a concentration in Mental Health Counseling from Lynchburg College, Virginia. My dissertation, Impact of HIV and AIDS on Rural Elderly Caregivers in Chiang Mai, Thailand, won Walden University's 2014 School of Public Policy and Administration Dissertation Award."

Sarah-Kate Hawkins, Walden University - United States
2014 Education Debt Reduction Award ($5,000) 

Shakir Karim Web

"I am extremely honoured and privileged to be a recipient of this award among many applicants is a landmark for me. It is not only an international recognition for me as well as an individual, for my university, and my country. It is very humbling to be well recognised on an international label and it will provide further motivation to gain international experience. This award will allow me to continue my research study with the goal of obtaining my PhD and becoming a full Academic. I would also like to thank my parents, my Principal Supervisor Dr Ergun Gide who have supported and encouraged me endlessly and CQUniversity Australia for helping me achieve my dreams and goals."

– Shakir Karim, CQUniversity - Australia,
2014 Asia-Pacific Postgraduate Study Award ($1,000)

Lisa Carter WEB

"I am honoured and grateful to have won the 2014 GEICO Life Scholarship Award, not only for the financial benefit but also for the recognition of the hard work that I have put in thus far.  I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank The Golden Key International Honour Society for recognizing my achievements and for giving me financial reward.  I plan to utilise this when I undertake upcoming placements and am unable to attend my paying job.  Both being invited to become a member of Golden Key and receiving this award have given me added motivation to continue my academic journey." 

– Lisa Carter, University of Tasmania - Australia,
2014 GEICO Life Scholarship recipient ($1,000)

Nathan Arnaiz

"I am incredibly grateful and appreciative to Golden Key International Honour Society for selecting me to receive the 2014 Emerging Scholar Award. To me, this award demonstrates Golden Key’s generosity, faith in its members, and interest in our success. As the historian of my chapter, I have developed leadership skills and made friends through our community service and professional development events. With this organization’s support, I can continue to reach my academic goals as an undergraduate student majoring in management at the University of Miami here in my hometown of Miami, Florida, and hopefully be able to receive a Master of Business Administration degree in the future."

– Nathan Arnaiz, University of Miami - United States, 
2014 Emerging Scholar Award recipient ($1,000)


Erica Zucker

"I am truly honoured and thankful to be the recipient of the Golden Key’s Community Service Scholarship Award.  I am a strong believer in volunteering within my community and this award is further inspiration to continue giving back to the people and places that support me in my pursuits. As I enter my third year of studying elementary education at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec, I hope to continue to serve within my community, as an executive member of my Golden Key Chapter, a mentor and volunteer at the local elementary schools and an active member of my student body. I hope to inspire others to volunteer and give back, both in Sherbrooke and my hometown of Hamilton, Ontario as I continue on my own academic journey. I would like to thank the Golden Key Honours Society for their recognition and support."

– Erica Zucker, Bishop's University - Canada, 
2014 Community Service Scholarship recipient ($1,000)

Leandri Hattingh

"I truly feel honoured and privileged to receive this scholarship. This will certainly contribute a great deal in covering my expenses for attending the 2014 Graphic Medicine Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. My attendance at the conference as a presenter promises to broaden my horizons and further develop my interest in the relationship between medicine and the arts and social sciences. I look forward to bringing back my leanings and sharing them with colleagues and other interested parties, in particular, the conveners and participants in the first ever Medicine and the Arts course in South Africa."

– Leandri HattinghUniversity of Stellenbosch - South Africa, 
2014 Alumni Professional Development Grant recipient ($1,000)


"I am extremely honoured and grateful to be a recipient of this award. During the last four years I have majored in French, German and Mandarin, and learning foreign languages really gives you a desire to constantly be travelling and immersing yourself in foreign languages and cultures. This award will help me finish off my undergraduate degree by a short study trip to Berlin and an internship in Shanghai, and I cannot express enough my gratitude to the Golden Key Society. I would also like to thank the University of Adelaide for helping me achieve my dreams and goals, and all of the amazing teachers and lecturers from the languages departments who have supported me and encouraged me the last four years. "

– Adam Ferris, The University of Adelaide - Australia,
Spring 2014 Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship recipient ($5,000)


David Beach

"President John F. Kennedy is the president of my youth and the first president I remember.  On November 22, 1963, President Kennedy was scheduled to address the annual meeting of the Dallas Citizens Council, joined by members of the Dallas Assembly.  The occasion was a salute to the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest.  In the draft of his speech, President Kennedy writes, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other”.  President Kennedy was assassinated before he could deliver his speech.  The quote has a personal significance to me.  At the age of 54, after years of off and on, here and there, part-time education, I earned my Bachelor’s degree.  Leadership and learning are complementary skills that are interconnected and intertwined.  President Kennedy was a proponent of life-long learning and continuous personal improvement.  My life has been a journey focused on a commitment to learning.  Exceptional leaders strive for growth and are lifelong learners.  Golden Key dares its members to dream big, and never, ever stop.  Being selected as a 2014 Military Service Scholarship Award recipient will allow me to pursue my big dream of obtaining a Master’s Degree."

– David Beach, Ashford University - United States, 
2014 Military Service Scholarship recipient ($1,000)


Michael Birch

"Winning the 2014 Undergraduate Achievement Award means reduced financial stress, which in turn means I can focus more on my studies and research. Hailing from the small town of Cottam in rural southwestern Ontario, Canada, I feel very privileged to have the opportunities I have been given. I am beginning as a Masters student in physics at McMaster University in September 2014. Specifically, my research will be in the field of theoretical soft-condensed matter. It is so exciting to be on the cutting edge of scientific research, but I could not be here without the financial support of scholarships, including the Golden Key Undergraduate Achievement Award… I was a member of the McMaster University Golden Key Chapter executive team for two years. I enjoyed helping to plan events at McMaster and in the surrounding community as a break from my intensive studies and appreciated the time spent with like-minded individuals… Golden Key has certainly played a substantial role in getting me to where I am today."

– Michael Birch, McMaster University - Canada 
2014 Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship recipient ($5,000)

Sarah Appleby -WEB

"I was absolutely amazed to be awarded the Graduate Scholar Award. Coming from a small school in New Zealand it is humbling to be recognised on an international scale. This assistance will help to support me through my master’s degree, allowing me to focus on the research and get as much out of it as I can. Thank you Golden Key for your support. I am completing a MSc in Biological Sciences, with a focus on physiology and genetics. I am completing my research at AgResearch, with a focus on investigating the functional potential of bovine embryonic stem cell-like cells."

– Sarah Appleby, The University of Waikato - New Zealand,
2014 Graduate Scholarship recipient ($10,000)


Jason Heap

"I am very appreciative to the Golden Key International Honour Society for awarding me with a debt reduction scholarship. It has come at a very crucial moment in my career where I have just completed a doctoral degree, but the very nature of the project within that capstone project requires me to continue with the work that I began with my participants. I had some difficult decisions to make as to how I could dedicate extra funding of my own towards the continued work of this project, in addition to fulfilling requirements of student loans."

– Jason Heap, Walden University - United States,
2014 Education Debt Reduction Award recipient ($5,000)

Nicole Hillyard -WEB

"Life is there to be experienced, not watched from the sideline. In receiving this award I will be able to truly experience all that is on offer for me with the study abroad program and truly develop a global understand of the world that surrounds us. My studies are concentrated around a double degree of Marketing and Media and Communications, and I hope the study abroad program will assist in my overall understanding of these fields to create greater opportunities in the future. I am a student from Brisbane, Australia studying at Queensland University of Technology and am a member of the AMPed (Advertising, Marketing and PR) group on campus. I am also a 4-time participant of the Cancer Council’s Relay for Life Event to support and raise more for those with cancer. In my high-school experience I was awarded Grade 12 All-Rounder during my senior year to signify my overall commitment to all facets of my academic and social journey. I believe I have been given a valuable opportunity, only few University students are given, and I am looking forward to making the most of the study abroad journey."

– Nicole Hillyard, Queensland University of Technology - Australia,
Spring 2014 Study Abroad Scholarship recipient ($1,000)


Nils Deppe

"While I was growing up in Emerson, a small town in rural Manitoba, Canada, I never would have dreamed of having the opportunities that I have been so fortunate to receive. Winning an Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship is an honour. Such an award is much more than a financial aid enabling me to continue pursuing my academic goals. It also demonstrates trust and confidence in the ability of the recipient, which provides motivation, incentive, and a sense of belonging."

– Nils Deppe, The University of Winnipeg - Canada,
Spring 2014 Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship recipient ($5,000)

Lucy Bennett -WEB

"Winning this award was a great honour and will further my career opportunities immensely. It will assist me in my study in Canada and provide further incentive to gain international experience. I believe that this will assist me in pursuing a leadership role in the Urban Development sector in Queensland after graduating. I have shared with other potential students my love of Urban Planning through my position as a Senior Science and Engineering Faculty Student Ambassador at QUT, Brisbane and have gained a leadership position in the QUT Planning Students Association (PSA) which has furthered my ability to liaise with current professionals in the industry."

– Lucy Bennett, Queensland University of Technology - Australia,
Spring 2014 Study Abroad Scholarship recipient ($1,000)

Katy Seddon -WEB

"Accepting this award is a huge milestone for me and I am extremely honoured and privileged to have been awarded it! It is very fulfilling to be awarded based on the core seven values of Golden Key and I hope to uphold and exemplify these values in the future. This award has definitely helped to boost my motivation for further study next year where I will be undertaking my Masters; and because of this scholarship I will not be as constrained financially."

– Katy Seddon, University of Canterbury - New Zealand,
Spring 2014 Living the Mission Award recipient ($1,000)


Steven Fencl

"Three years ago I went back to school to help make a better living for my family. I worked full time, took care of my family and went to school, working late into many nights to be the best I could be. I strived to set an example for my children to follow; to show them that with hard work and dedication they can accomplish their dreams. When the time of my completion of my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration drew near I was challenged to expand my thinking and become a school teacher to give back what has been given to me, a love for learning. This award from Golden Key is a great validation for my family and children that hard work can pay off. I am truly honored and humbled to be selected as a winner for the 2014 Graduate Scholar Scholarship Award-Spring Selection."

– Steven Fencl, Ashford University - United States,
Spring 2014 Graduate Scholar Award recipient ($10,000)

Ooishuting -WEB

"I really appreciate the recognition of my achievements from Golden Key. Being part of the chapter’s committee, I looked forward to the opportunity to study more on social work and communication skill because I have always wanted to be able to make a difference to people's lives. Winning this award confirmed my resolution to continue my passion in doing something different yet meaningful to people. The three pillars of Golden Key- academics, leadership and service, for me, is interconnected, it gives us a precious platform to learn leadership skill, to express our abilities in their entirety rewarding the community and to meet people who share the same passion to do something meaningful in life."

– Ooi Shu Ting, Universiti Putra Malaysia - Malaysia,
2014 Chartering Officer Scholarship Award recipient ($1,000)

Lynda Charles

"This award is not simply financial but rather a testament to a truth I have accepted: this life is difficult but not impossible. I believe difficulty and adversity are truly opportunities and blessings in disguise – how we allow them to shape and influence our perceptions means the difference between someone who settles for what the conditions life has to offer versus someone who manifests their conditions."


– Lynda Charles, University of Central Florida - United States,
2014 Education Debt Reduction Award recipient ($5,000)

Juliakonz -WEB

"Being recognised and selected alone is increasing my confidence and trust in my ability to achieve my goals. From nearly failing high school in Germany (Hometown: Neustadt an der Weinstrasse), thus not being able to study psychology there, moving to another country to pursue my passion despite many peoples; doubts and extremely high international university fees, to setting the goal to do my doctorate in clinical psychology was a journey of learning to believe in myself. Engaging with my community, as a mentee of the Griffith University International Golden Key Mentoring Program, as a mentor for first year psychology students, as a Peer Assisted Study Sessions or PASS leader, as a Griffith University Student Services Partner, as president of the Griffith Employment Relations & HR Management Society (GERMS) and Secretary of Golden Key, was a key factor contributing to my personal development and achievements. This scholarship is a huge achievement for me and will help me to pursue the next step on my journey: Honours in Psychology. Thank you."

– Julia Konz, Griffith University - Australia,
Fall 2013 Undergraduate Achievement Award recipient ($5,000)

Ng Xie Lie WEB

"It is with great honor and appreciation that I have been selected as a winner of this award. This definitely means a great deal to me as it recognizes my commitment to academics, leadership and community services. It is also a great help to me to complete my Bachelor Degree in Monash University Malaysia. I will continue my effort in leading the chapter to become a notable honor society on campus. I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the assistance of my family who has given me endless support and love in whatever I do."

– NG Xie Li, Monash University - Australia,
Spring 2014 Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship recipient ($5,000)

Liel Kenigsman WEB

"I come from the small town in Israel called Karmey Yosef. In the last three years I have been studying a Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) at Deakin University in Melbourne. Due to my academic achievements at high school, I received a scholarship for my studies as an international student at Deakin. I feel extremely privileged to be a winner of this award. As an international student in Australia, I have been relying on family support and scholarships to finance my studies thus far. Winning this award means that it will be possible for me to continue pursuing my educational and career dreams. I hope to continue to develop my professional knowledge in psychology and pursue a postgraduate program in order to enhance the mental health and wellbeing for people around the world."

Liel Kenigsman, Deakin University - Australia,
Spring 2014 Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship recipient ($5,000)

Elliott Bowden WEB

"I am incredibly honoured, it is an immense privilege to be a recipient of this award. This opportunity allows me to continue to immerse myself in my study of paramedicine and public health promotion at La Trobe University. The Golden Key Society has provided me with a foundation on which I can build my future.  By having the support that this scholarship provides I can strive to become a leader in the field of pre-hospital care and public health promotion. I cannot adequately express my gratitude to the Golden Key Society through a short statement but needless to say this is a life changing award and I am immensely thankful. The Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship award is a key that unlocks potential.”

Elliott Bowden, La Trobe University - Australia,
Spring 2014 Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship recipient ($5,000)

Marcus Robertson

"I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Golden Key International Honour Society for the Professional Development grant. I never expected when I joined the Society as an undergraduate that it would continue to support and influence my career so far into the future. I am currently completing my medical specialist training in Gastroenterology, specialising in hepatology and liver transplantation. This will assist in travelling to the Digestive Diseases Week Conference in Chicago, where I have been invited to present my research on Gastrointestinal Bleeding. Attending the conference will provide a unique opportunity for collaboration with researchers from around the world and will enable me to share my research at the largest Gastroenterology conference in the world."


Marcus Robertson, Monash University - Australia,
Spring 2014 Alumni Professional Development Award recipient ($1,000)


Alicia Añino

"I appreciate that Golden Key has scholarships, not just for students but for advisors as well! It is especially great since there are not many professional development opportunities for staff members working at a university. I have been involved with Golden Key since 2011 and I thoroughly enjoy getting to know our students on a deeper level and being a part of their lives for the rest of their lives."



Alicia Añino, Co-Advisor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis- USA,
Spring 2014 Advisor Professional Development Scholarship recipient ($1,000)


"Winning the Asia Pacific Postgraduate Studies Award definitely means everything to me. I am honored to receive this award and sincerely would like to thank Golden Key Society for recognizing my potential as a Graduate student. It definitely helps me to boost my motivation throughout my PHD journey. I am always hunger for knowledge and this opportunity definitely enables me to attend more academic programs which I could not afford before this. Hopefully, the knowledge that I gained and will continue gaining will be beneficial to the society. Thank you so much for inspiring me and now I do believe, with a great passion, sky is the limit!!!"


Hussin Nur Atikah Mohammed Hussin of Universiti Sains Malaysia - Malaysia,
Asia-Pacific Postgraduate Study Award 2013 recipient ($1,000)


Jean Vianney Cordeiro

"I am humbled and at the same time overcome with joy for being selected as a recipient of the Living the Mission Scholarship. By awarding me a scholarship, Golden Key lightened my financial burden which allowed me to focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning. Golden Key’s generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as Golden Key has helped me. Investing in youth is investing in the future of our planet."


Jean Vianney Cordeiro, McGill University - Canada
Spring 2014 Living the Mission Award recipient ($1,000)


Curwyn Mapaling

"I am honoured to be receiving this award and I am a proud Golden Key member!  Winning this award means so much more than just recognition of my involvement in the 10 organisations I serve.  I would like to thank Golden Key for this award and the communities I volunteer in for allowing me to learn from them, and grow with them, whilst having the privilege of being fortunate enough to help them. Furthermore, it serves as added motivation to continue doing what I love doing, by making it even easier for me to do so."


Curwyn Mapaling, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University – South Africa,
Spring 2014 Community Service Scholarship Award recipient ($1,000)


"I feel very privileged and grateful to have been selected as an award recipient and for the opportunities this award will provide me. As an education specialist and strong believer in life-long learning I am excited to utilise the funds made available through the GK Alumni Professional Development Grant to continue broadening my horizon both on a professional as well as personal level. Receiving this recognition is a great encouragement and motivation and no doubt will unlock many doors in its wake."


– Anne-Kathrin Bauer, Curtin University - Australia,
Spring 2014 Alumni Professional Development Award recipient ($1,000)


Joy Lacanienta

"Words could not describe how grateful and honored I am to receive the highly coveted Golden Key Graduate Scholar Award. I’m truly humbled by the distinction this award bestows upon me, my family, friends, and colleagues at University of Hawai‘i, as well as my island community.  I believe that the Golden Key International Honour Society will allow me to achieve my goal in attaining a Ph.D. in Sociology and Advanced Women’s Studies Certificate. My life’s mission and work ethic shares the same objectives with the pillars of this prestigious organization, which are academics, leadership and service to the community. With the help of the Golden Key Graduate Scholar Award, I now have the capacity, drive, and fortitude to achieve this goal." Joy was presented her scholarship check at the 2014 International Summit. Read more about it here:

Joy Lacanienta, University of Hawaiʻi- USA,
Fall 2013 Graduate Scholar Award recipient ($10,000)


Taylor Godine

"I am so honored and thankful to be the recipient of the Golden Key Fall 2013 Debt Reduction Scholarship.  Because of this scholarship, the dream of continuing my education is no longer clouded by a large financial burden. Between what I learned in my undergraduate program of Applied Conflict Management (a focus of Political Science) and the leadership experience I gained as Vice President of Kent State’s Golden Key Chapter, I feel the strong desire to continue my education with the goal of obtaining my PhD and becoming a professor, so I can share the gift of education and knowledge of peaceful dispute resolution with future generations.  Golden Key has taught me the immeasurable value of academics, leadership, and service and I will continue to honor and value those pillars for the rest of my life."


Taylor Godine, Kent State University - USA,
Fall 2013 Education Debt Reduction Award recipient ($5,000)

Simon Song Zhang

"This award is an excellent approval. After years of studying bachelor and master, I have been taught professional knowledge on civil engineering, but there is no certain standard to value my own achievement. This award can confirm the efforts I have made in studying period, which makes me very thankful. On the other hand, this award gives me great encouragement to my further, including both study and career. It tells me to keep trying and continue to learn, and it is always worthy."


– Simon Song Zhang, The University of Adeliade - Australia,
Fall 2013 Research Grant recipient ($1,000)

Rose Kenyon

"Growing up as a Girl Scout in the small town of Wakefield, Rhode Island, I was always inspired by nature and deeply determined to protect it. My interest is in promoting sustainability at the community level. Beyond college, I plan to attend graduate school to study Urban Planning in hopes that through sustainable development, environmentally conscious communities can foster. I am now lucky enough to be taking both environmental and communication courses while abroad in India. My experience abroad thus far has been absolutely incredible. The culture in India is very different from that of the United States and everyday I learn more about the people and traditions of the country. I am positive that this experience will influence my future career in many ways, as it has helped me to see the needs of a community through different perspectives. Global education scholarships provide American students invaluable opportunities to grow both academically and as a global citizen. For these reasons, I am incredibly thankful to Golden Key for having awarded me with this scholarship."

– Rose Kenyon, George Mason University - USA,
Fall 2013 Study Abroad Scholarship recipient ($1,000)

Sahar Jaffal

"It is an honour for me to be selected for the 2013 Canadian Post Graduate Scholarship from the Golden Key International Honour Society. Obtaining this award is supportive and encouraging for me to continue my scientific research. I am working in the pain field research at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. My current research is interesting and can open a new avenue for finding therapy for the chronic diseases like arthritis and migraine (inflammatory pain) that affect the life quality of millions of patients and impose heavy economic and social burdens on the health care system. It is also helpful for my plans and career in the future. My plan is to increase my knowledge in using the scientific techniques in research, to help in finding therapies for diseases and to contribute positively to the scientific world as well as decreasing the suffering of many patients. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the staff who participated in creating and building this society that contains members from many countries and helps in building success in many fields. I also advise the students who fulfill the requirements to be members in Golden Key."

– Sahar Jaffal, McGill University - Canada,
Spring 2013 Canadian Post Graduate Award recipient ($1,500)

Akinlolu Makinwa

"Winning this award among many applicants is a milestone for me and a confirmation of my call to contribute to the emergent and essential field of youth and family ministry, especially in Africa. It also means, to me, that Golden Key International Society recognizes the fact that all field of study has the potential to make impact in the society. Since I have come to a conclusion that the fruits of all scientific and technological advancements are likely to be nullified if the present predicaments of youth and families, which constitute any society, are not addressed as essential to a stable economy, peaceful coexistence and sustainable community development projects, I have committed myself to the study of youth and family and empowerment of youth and families. "

– Akinlolu Makinwa, Stellenbosch University - South Africa,
Fall 2013 Study Abroad Scholarship recipient ($1,000)

Dmitry Maznichenko

"If it takes a village to raise a child, then our future relies on our ability to work together. Our professional development is tied to this notion. I am grateful to be a recipient of the 2013 Alumni Professional Development Grant from the GK International Honour Society as it is an acknowledgement that my persistent efforts are for the betterment of our global well-being and future. Community involvement is greatly contributing to my professional development. I am constantly meeting people with great ambitions and I can also proudly say that Golden Key supports my efforts to be an influential community leader."


– Dmitry Maznichenko, Ryerson University - Canada,
Fall 2013 Alumni Professional Development Grant recipient ($1,000)


Timothy Ng

"I am honoured to receive the Golden Key Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship. I am very grateful for this recognition of my achievement in balancing the demands of academic study with campus and community life. I will begin a research-only Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in March. My thesis title is: 'Production of a protein-rich and lipid-rich aquaculture feed from green wastes'."



– Timothy Ng, The University of Waikato - New Zealand,
Fall 2013 Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship recipient ($5,000)

Makiijah D. Crabbe

"As the President of the University of the Virgin Islands – St. Thomas Chapter, I am extremely honored to be selected as the winner for the Fall 2013 Education Debt Reduction Award. This award has encouraged me to keep moving forward with my future endeavors and continue to go strive to reach even greater heights of becoming an outstanding global business professional and leader."



– Makiijah D. Crabbe, University of the Virgin Islands - USA,
Fall 2013 Education Debt Reduction Award recipient ($5,000)


Lim Fang Xin

"I have graduated from a Bachelor of Science (Food Studies) at the University of Putra Malaysia (UPM). I am also a proud recipient of the 2013 Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship Award, and this marks the beginning of my journey towards becoming a leader in humanitarian action. Personally, I feel that I need to do more than just lend a helping hand to the people who walk into my life. As a matter of fact, I desire to walk into the lives of the underprivileged around the world and touch them in a way that they will find comfort and solace in their difficult conditions; at the same time, they will also find inspiration in overcoming all odds and make a conscious decision to change not only their lives, but those of their community. "

Lim Fang Xin, Universiti Putra Malaysia - Malaysia,
Fall 2013 Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship recipient ($5,000)

Stephanie Khairallah

"I am honored and grateful to have been selected as a recipient for the 2013 Canadian Volunteer Abroad Award. Not only it is helping me cover my living expenses, but has provided me the opportunity to concentrate and fully explore the potential within the apprenticeship scope and duties at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The experience at the WFP is proving to be a very positive opportunity, allowing me to be part of a very well structured organization. Not only I am applying my theoretical knowledge in real world scenarios, but also I have been given a window that opens on a wide range of possibilities related to future employment and a tool that will help me decide on a major for my post graduate studies."

– Stephanie Khairallah, McGill University - Canada,
Fall 2013 Canadian Study/Volunteer Abroad Award recipient ($1,500)

Talita Delport

"I feel grateful and humbled whilst also feeling proud for receiving this award. The ability to share the importance of reaching out into our local communities is one of my passions. To be rewarded for one of my passions is truly the highest, most humbling honour I could have asked for. I hope that through the receiving of this award that I will be able to inspire the people in my hometown Bulawayo and my friends at the University of Pretoria to realize that outreach work can receive acknowledgement. Most of all, I hope to inspire them to embark on their own community work and to make a difference each and every day."


– Talita Delport, University of Pretoria - South Africa,
Fall 2013 Community Service Award recipient ($1,000)

Felix Rivera-Perez

"I’ve always known that graduate school was only the beginning of my professional development as an educator in higher education. In fact, in order to succeed as an educator, it’s imperative that I continue to develop skills necessary that will enable me to effectively help students with their own development. The Alumni Professional Development Grant allows me to secure most of the funds I need to become certified, and affirms the support Golden Key Honour Society gives its members to be successful in their careers. Winning this award gives me the shot in the arm to press forward, so that I do not become stale in my profession."


– Felix Rivera-Perez, Baruch College - CUNY - USA,
Fall 2013 Alumni Professional Development Grant recipient ($1,000)

Ethan Bowering WEB

"I feel extremely privileged to be recognised by the Golden Key International Honour Society as a recipient of a 2013 Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship. This scholarship will allow me to continue pursuing academic and professional development opportunities into the future and allow me to continue my commitment to academics, leadership and community service. I look forward to being able to credit Golden Key with helping me unlock my potential and make an impact in my local and wider community."


Ethan Bowering, Griffith University - Australia,
Fall 2013 Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship recipient ($5,000)

Rebecca Cross

"I am extremely honoured and surprised to have won a Research Grant. I am thankful to Golden Key for giving me this award and look forward to the opportunities it will bring. Winning the Research Grant will allow me to travel to Austria to take part in the 13th International Conference on the Short Story in English. I will be giving a paper entitled “Sludge Before Sunshine: The Return Story of Olive Kitteridge.” This research will form part of my dissertation. I relish the opportunity to discuss my work with other scholars of the short story and am looking forward to receiving feedback and constructive criticism on my research.""


– Rebecca Cross, University of Wollongong - Australia,
Fall 2013 Golden Key Research Grant recipient ($1,000)

Kate Poppa

"Winning the Fall 2013 Study Abroad Scholarship Award is a great honour and privilege, it has not only provided a means to finance my study abroad experience but it symbolises what one can achieve with hard work and persistence. Winning this award has afforded me the opportunity to study while travelling to and experiencing the amazing country that is Mexico. Living and studying in a foreign country has allowed me to become immersed in a new and exciting culture; broaden my world view; expose me to invaluable opportunities unavailable in an Australian setting; and of course add an international perspective to my Australian degree. Studying abroad in Mexico and winning this scholarship to help me do so are two incredible privileges that I am so thankful for. It is difficult to express my gratitude without sounding as if I am reeling off a catalogue of clichés, so I just want to share with you one important lesson I have learnt over the past month: to grasp every opportunity that arises and to make the absolute most of it because it could be life changing."

Kate Poppa, La Trobe University - Australia,
Fall 2013 Study Abroad Scholarship recipient ($1,000)


Graham Kell

"I feel greatly honored to be a recipient of this award and would like to thank Golden Key. This will allow me to progress further down my chosen academic pathway, while at the same time continuing to serve the community in which I find myself. Living on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia, and studying Psychology at the University of Southern Queensland, I am running a charity that assists disengaged children and young people, connecting them back into the community and employment. This scholarship will help me to maintain the balance that these pursuits and family life require!"


Graham Kell, University of Southern Queensland- Australia,
Fall 2013 Community Service Scholarship recipient ($1,000)


LI Ying Qi

"It is a pleasant honour to be selected as the winner of the 2013 Research Grant, Fall Selection from Golden Key International Honour Society. Receiving this award greatly motivates me to continue conducting research of my interest that I believe will have an impact to the society. My research involves the evaluation of novel biomarkers of health in a group of Australian adults that will have original contribution to multidisciplinary academic fields and will lead to practical use and benefits to the wider community. In the future, I would like to combine my dietetics practice with my future research interest to contribute to a better tomorrow for the society and the wider community."


Li Ying Qi (Winnie), Edith Cowan University - Australia,
Fall 2013 Golden Key Research Grant recipient ($1,000)

Sarah Llewellyn

"I am honoured to be one of the recipients of the Golden Key 2013 Study Abroad Scholarship Award and am grateful for the opportunities this award will provide me. In order to study in the People’s Republic of China for 12 months, I have had to rely on financial aid and student scholarships to help finance my studies abroad. Receiving this scholarship will help reduce my financial burdens and provide assistance for me as I continue pursuing my Graduate Diploma of Asia Pacific Studies. I believe that to become fluent in a particular language, I must fully immerse myself in that foreign society in order to understand and learn the nuances within that culture. As one of this year’s recipients of the Study Abroad Scholarship, I have been able to continue to contribute to my development in a language environment second to none, thus allowing me to enhance my understanding of Australia’s significant regional relationship with China. My educational pursuits would not be possible without generous support from scholarship sponsors like your organisation."

– Sarah Llewellyn, The Australian National University - Australia,
Fall 2013 Study Abroad Scholarship recipient ($1,000)

Maija Pulkkinen

"I am truly honoured and grateful to receive the Golden Key Community Service Award. Volunteering in The Philippines was incredibly rewarding and challenging experience for me and it means lot to me to being recognised for the community service I have done. It is also a great encouragement for my future, as I hope to work in the field of International Development. I am very grateful for this generous award and it will go towards my next international volunteering trip in 2014. "


Maija Pulkkinen, La Trobe University - Australia,
Fall 2013 Community Service Scholarship recipient ($1,000)

Gene Katsevman

“I am incredibly honored and thankful to receive the Golden Key Education Debt Reduction Award! I am from Chicago, Illinois, and graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2010 with majors in biology and philosophy and minors in bioethics, psychology, and neuroscience. It is during my undergraduate studies that I became involved with Golden Key, and I could not be happier regarding that decision. As a current fourth year medical student at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, I am beginning to embark on the residency application process as I aspire to match in a neurosurgical program. This award will be of great help with residency applications and the interview process. It will also help alleviate the financial burden that comes with graduate school. The mission of Golden Key is one that resonates with me, and I am thankful for an organization that values education and celebrates a commitment to life-long learning. Thank you to everyone at Golden Key for this generous award!”

– Gene Katsevman, Loyola University Chicago - USA,
Spring 2013 Education Debt Reduction Award winner ($5,000)

Kayla Stan “It is a tremendous privilege to be recognized by Golden Key International Honour Society. Receiving an Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship signifies to me that I have been successful in living and promoting the values of this organization every day in a meaningful way. I am so honoured and humbled by that recognition. It also acknowledges the assistance and support of family and friends who have given me unconditional mentorship and encouragement during my journey thus far. It is my desire to continue to be a leader on campus and in the community, and my ongoing commitment is to achieve the highest standards of academic excellence while engaging in service to others through meaningful actions that provide lasting, tangible outcomes.”


Kayla Stan, University of Alberta - Canada,
Spring 2013 Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship winner ($5,000)

Thierry Fonkui

“I was very happy to learn that I was a recipient of the 2013 Research Grant Award, Spring selection. Thank you for your generosity and I appreciate your confidence in me and willingness to contribute to my future education. I am a biotechnologist major with an emphasis in biochemistry planning to further more with my studies within the field of nanotechnology in continuation with the current Master’s project at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. I am so glad to know that my education is important to you. This generous offer has limited my financial burden and given me an opportunity to avail more myself in academic with hope to inspire other students to achieve their goals and make their place a better place to be.”

– Thierry Fonkui, University of Johannesburg - South Africa,
Spring 2013 Golden Key Research Grant winner ($1,000)


Nishtha Vashishtha

"I feel Golden Key has stood by me through the big decisions of my life, a believer in my dreams, and a supporter for me to march forward. I cannot thank Golden Key enough for their encouragement and I am absolutely ecstatic to win the 2013 Study Abroad Scholarship Award! The support of the organization in guiding young explorers and students onto their path of the dreams is commendable if not simply amazing. It’s heart-warming to know that people have faith in the dreams you envision and this award for me is that and even more. I am from Delhi, India, and have recently started my masters in Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The institution is great and I am learning a lot everyday, towards achieving my dream of becoming a human rights activist and be part of change in whichever way possible. In a rather similar way I feel that’s what Golden Key does too, it nurtures talent while emphasising on excellence. It gives you an opportunity to strive more and more, be it in the sphere of academics, leadership or service."

Nishtha Vashishtha, University of Delhi-Lady Shri Ram College - India,
Spring 2013 Study Abroad Scholarship recipient ($1,000)

Shanling Feiran Yu

"It is my honorary pleasure to receive the Outstanding Alumni Scholarship Award. This award will enable me to participate in more Golden Key networking events and conferences, which will in turn, expand my professional network. In the coming year I would like to gain more insights in leadership and community service, so that I could use my connections, experience and knowledge to help other GK members in their professional development."



Shanling Feiran Yu, La Trobe University - Australia,
Spring 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient ($1,000)


Sarah Saylor

“Receiving recognition for my commitment to leadership, academics and service, values that I share with Golden Key, is especially meaningful because it recognizes not only my past and present but also my future. This generous award will assist me on my path to obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree from the Indiana School of Social Work. This award is proof that hard work does not go unrecognized and as long as you put your heart into it, anything is possible.”


– Sarah Saylor, Indiana University Purdue University - USA,
Spring 2013 GEICO Life Scholarship winner ($1,000)

Elahe Rostami

"I have graduated with a Bachelors in Industrial Design from UPM(Malaysia) focusing on design for extreme affordability. Gaining basic knowledge in conception of new product development process, now I have the chance to complement my knowledge of technical and contextual aspects of media and cultivate my own creative potential and artistic voice at the Bauhaus-Universitat Weimar in Germany. Throughout my academic career I have always strived for excellence as means for greater contributions to my community. Receiving this scholarship will make that goal much easier to obtain. Your generosity is much appreciated and accepted with extreme honour. I once again thank you sincerely for believing in me. "

Elahe Rostami Ravari, Universiti Putra Malaysia - Malaysia,
Summer 2013 Study Abroad Scholarship recipient ($1,000)


Kevin Tuyau

"Receiving this reward was a genuine surprise. I feel very proud to be a part of Golden Key and help out when I can. I’m very humbled to know that people appreciate the work that I have done and that I have made a positive impact on other members of Golden Key. I am very interested in the media industry and hope to make a career in journalism and filmmaking. I’ll probably use my grant to help pay for courses to further enhance my presenting, writing and managing ability. "


Kevin Tuyau, Swinburne University of Technology - Australia,
Regional Student Leader of the Year Award 2013-Asia-Pacific recipient ($1,000)


Michelle Esterhuizen

"I am very honoured to have been selected as a winner of the Undergraduate Achievement Award this year. I am a firm believer in Golden Key’s three pillars of academics, leadership and service and receiving recognition for my efforts in promoting this philosophy makes me extremely proud – not only in my own efforts, but also that of our committee at Flinders University, South Australia. I hope that others will be able to follow in our committee’s footsteps and enjoy the successes that comes from hard work and dedication. As I will be graduating soon, I am saddened by the fact that I will be stepping away from my leadership role, however, I hope to continue to be a leader in the workforce and beyond. Receiving this award gives me confidence that I will be able to do so. I cannot thank Golden Key enough for the personal and professional development opportunities it has provided throughout my university career, which have contributed to making me the person I am today. My endless thanks to everyone who helped make that possible."

Michelle Esterhuizen, Flinders University - Australia,
Spring 2013 Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship recipient ($5,000)


Yvonne Yu

“To win the 2013 Visual and Performing Arts Achievement Award for Mixed Media is an extreme honor for me. The award proved to me that my skills are capable of great heights and I am glad to be recognised for it. The monetary award will also be a big help in supporting my goal to becoming a self-employed artist after graduating from my education in animation and interactive media. I am very pleased to add this scholarship award, given to me by Golden Key, to my list of academic achievements. I thank Golden Key for giving me the opportunity to prove myself.”


– Yvonne Yu, RMIT University - Australia,
Spring 2013 Visual & Performing Arts Achievement Award- Mixed Media Category recipient ($1,000)


Meenambuka Durvasula

"I was pleasantly surprised when I got to know that I had been selected for Study Abroad – Summer Selection. I feel greatly honoured with the international recognition bestowed on me by Golden Key for recognising my academic achievements. This award would not only help me self-support my MSc in Economics at the University College London, but also reaffirm the faith that hard work does get recognised and appreciated- a great feeling difficult to express in words. This is a big development in my life as it gives me a moral boost and creates self-confidence to excel and continue to pursue academic excellence through the course and beyond. Thank you Golden Key for giving me the opportunity to prove myself!! "

Meenambuka Durvasula, University of Delhi-Sri Venkateswara College - India,
Spring 2013 Study Abroad Scholarship recipient ($1,000)


Kevin Wessell

"For myself, winning this award makes the difference in studying without financial constraint or burden, but more so, it encourages me in that Golden Key International Honour Society truly invests in and rewards its members. This scholarship signifies the sincere member appreciation and support given by this exemplary society, which in my experience have not yet been matched by other membership organizations. Regarding graduate studies I intend on studying Theology, still in deciding as to where, although I am confident that Golden Key and its services may very well assist me in finding the right school in the future. I wish to express my utmost gratitude for being selected for the scholarship, and I pledge to put it to its best use abroad."


Kevin Wessell, The University of New Mexico - USA,
Spring 2013 Study Abroad Scholarship winner ($1,000)

Katherine Appleby

"I have recently completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts through the University of Southern Queensland. Initially I trained as a teacher; however, art has always been my passion, my ‘first love’. As a result, just three years ago I left my teaching position and moved interstate to embark on a Bachelor of Creative Arts. This has been the most rewarding decision and experience of my life. I am thrilled and honoured to receive this. This award is an encouragement to me and my arts practice and a confirmation of the level I am achieving. It will also enable me to gain necessary equipment and supplies that are needed to continue to develop my arts practice. Thank you to Golden Key for spurring me forward in my desire to achieve great things."

Katherine Appleby, University of Southern Queensland - Australia,
Summer 2013 Visual & Performing Arts Achievement Award Painting Category recipient ($1,000)


Noriza Abu Hassan Shaari

"I am completely humbled and at the same time overcome with joy for being selected as a recipient of the 2012 Golden Key Graduate Scholar Award. Winning this prestigious award means a lot to me; not only is it an international recognition for me as an individual, for my university, and my country, it is also an inspiration to my children to strive to achieve academic and career excellence. I am extremely grateful for this funding assistance as it allows me to continue my doctoral program in Instructional Design and Technology at West Virginia University without financial hindrance. Thank you Golden Key – you are a strong support and an inspiration to me!"


– Noriza Abu Hassan Shaari, West Virginia University - USA,
Fall 2012 Graduate Scholar Award winner ($10,000)