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student selected as Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship recipient
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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.
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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