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TWU student selected as Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship recipient


Photo credit: Shannon Drawe

May 21, 2009 — DENTON – Texas Woman’s University student Rachel Zimmerman’s dream of improving the quality of life of those in chronic pain is closer to becoming a reality thanks to her receipt of a national Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship.

Ms. Zimmerman is one of only 48 students in the U.S. and two in Texas to receive a fellowship from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi for the 2009-2010 academic year. She plans to use her $5,000 scholarship to pursue her clinical doctorate of physical therapy (DPT) at TWU’s Dallas-Presbyterian Center.

“As a former gymnast, I know how debilitating physical pain can be,” said Ms. Zimmerman, a human biology senior from Tulsa, Okla. “My dream is to help alleviate pain in others, and these funds are a welcome jumpstart to graduate school and my future career in physical therapy. It also is a huge honor and a privilege to represent TWU as a Phi Kappa Phi Fellow.”

Ms. Zimmerman holds a 4.0 grade point average and will graduate from TWU in December. She is a TWU Honors Scholar and a member of the TWU Athenian Honor Society, the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society and the TWU Leadership Institute. She volunteers with the TWU Helping Hands service organization, Denton’s Habitat for Humanity and Denton Friends of the Family women’s shelter.

She was a member of the TWU gymnastics team from 2006-2007 and won the 2007 USAG National Balance Beam title.

“Rachel is an outstanding scholar and person and truly deserves to be a Phi Kappa Phi Fellow,” said Dr. DiAnna Hynds, TWU assistant professor of biology. “I am honored to have had the chance to work with her and to discover the care and dedication through which she approaches all aspects of her life. She is poised to have a great impact on our society.”

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Program is one of its most visible and financially-supported endeavors, allocating nearly $380,000 annually to deserving students for first-year graduate study. For more information, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.



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