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Victoria N. Messuri has been Awarded the Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award

Rocco Bruno Awarded $20,000 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship 

Rocco Bruno of Campbell, Ohio, has been selected as a recipient of a Marcus L. Urann Fellowship by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Bruno is one of only six recipients nationwide to receive the prestigious $20,000 fellowship, named for the Society’s founder.

Bruno received a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Youngstown State University. As a Urann Fellow, Bruno will pursue a Doctor of Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Since its creation in 1932, the Fellowship Program has become one of the Society’s most visible and financially well-supported endeavors, allocating $649,000 annually to outstanding students for first-year graduate or professional study. This year’s program awarded two awards at $35,000 each, the 1897 Fellowship and the Sherrill Carlson Fellowship; six $20,000 Marcus L. Urann Fellowships, named for the Society’s founder; and 54 fellowships of $8,500.

The selection process for a fellowship is based on the applicant’s evidence of graduate potential, undergraduate academic achievement, service and leadership experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement of educational perspective and career goals, and acceptance in an approved graduate or professional program.

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships are part of the Society’s robust portfolio awards program, which gives more than $1.3 million each year to outstanding members and students on chapter campuses through study abroad grants, graduate fellowships, funding for post-baccalaureate development, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives.

To see the complete list of 2023 Phi Kappa Phi Fellows, visit

About Phi Kappa PhiFounded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. The Society has chapters on more than 325 select colleges and universities in the United States, its territories and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society’s mission is “To recognize and advance excellence in all fields of higher education and society and engage the community of scholars in service to others.” For more information, visit

Source: Phi Kappa Phi New Release – Received 071923

Spring Luncheon

Chapter 143 Spring Luncheon was held on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 in the Schwebel Room in Kilcawley Center. 

Vice President Julie Centofanti presented her “Love of Learning at YSU.”

Student Vice President Julie Centofanti
Student Vice President Julie Centofanti

Chapter 143 Annual Fall Luncheon and 50th Anniversary Member Reunion was held on Thursday, November 10th, 2023 in the Schwebel Reception Room in Kilcawley Center on the YSU Campus. ion Ceremony 2023


 Spring Meeting

Finding the positive with Brooke Schaefers

Phi Kappa Phi welcomes graduating senior and Phi Kappa Phi member Brooke Schaefers who will share her story of how she found the positive and persevered during the pandemic. Brooke has dreamed of being a marine biologist since she was 7 years old, and now she finally gets to make that childhood dream a reality at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Thurs., April 8, 2021 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Via Webex