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Stephanie Lane McCracken Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

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Stephanie Lane McCracken

Recent University of Southern Mississippi graduate Stephanie Lane McCracken of D'Iberville has been awarded a fellowship worth $5,000 by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

An Honors College graduate, McCracken earned a bachelor's degree in geography from Southern Miss in December 2014. She graduated summa cum laude (highest honors). As a Phi Kappa Phi Fellow, she will pursue a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan.

McCracken is among 57 students nationwide to receive a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship. Since its creation in 1932, the Fellowship program has become one of the Society's most visible and financially well-supported endeavors, allocating $345,000 annually to deserving students for first-year graduate or professional study. Currently, 51 fellowships worth $5,000 and six $15,000 fellowships are awarded each year.

The selection process is based on the applicants' evidence of graduate potential, undergraduate academic achievement, service and leadership experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement of educational perspective and career goals, and acceptance at an approved graduate or professional program.

In 2014, McCracken was selected as a recipient of the Truman Scholarship, the only student chosen from a Mississippi institution that year. McCracken was also among 17 Southern Miss Gulf Park campus students selected for the 2014-2015 Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

To learn more about the award programs offered by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, visit

To learn more about applying for Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships or other nationally competitive awards at Southern Miss, contact Robyn Curtis at 601.266.4263 or