CORVALLIS, Ore. – Academic excellence has paid off for five Oregon State University students who earned scholarships and fellowships from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi during the 2006-07 academic year.

Phi Kappa Phi is a national scholastic honor society founded in 1897, with membership open to all fields of study by invitation only. The purpose of the society is to recognize academic excellence and to encourage scholarship. The OSU chapter was founded in 1924.

The scholars are:

CORVALLIS: Megan Wolf, senior in biology, $1,500 Phi Kappa Phi Tunison Scholarship.

HILLSBORO: Travis Schaal, junior in animal sciences, $1,500 Phi Kappa Phi Tunison Scholarship.

PHILOMATH: Karl Fairchild, junior in fisheries and wildlife sciences, $1,500 Phi Kappa Phi Tunison Scholarship.

TUALATIN: Julie Cherry, junior in music, $1,500 Phi Kappa Phi Tunison Scholarship.

PORTLAND: Erik Helzer, a recent graduate in psychology and philosophy with a minor in Spanish, $1,000 OSU Phi Kappa Phi Chapter Award and $5,000 Phi Kappa Phi national fellowship. He began his graduate studies at Cornell University Fall 2007.

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Debbie Hackleman,