Three students won honors at the Alpha Chi National Convention, which took place virtually April 8-10, 2021:

Kassandra Klein, an intercultural and English secondary major from Kerman, won the Robert Blake Prize in British Literature for her presentation: “No Living Man Am I! You Look Upon a Woman’: Eowyn’s Battle Against Sexism in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.”

Luke Fredette, a philosophy and English major from Flagstaff, AZ, was first alternate for the H. Y. Benedict Graduate Fellowship.

Veronica Mendez Garcia, a social work and history major from Madera, was awarded the Alfred H. Nolle Undergraduate Scholarship and the Avery Grenfell Church Prize in Anthropology and Sociology for her presentation: “The Oaxacan Community in California's Central Valley: Understanding Their ‘Homely’ Experience.” 

Alpha Chi National College Honor Society invites juniors, seniors and graduate students from all disciplines in the top 10 percent of their classes to be members. Active on nearly 300 campuses nationwide, chapters induct more than 11,000 students annually.

Alpha Chi is among several honors societies available at FPU as part of the University Scholars Program (USP). USP is the hub for honors programming at FPU, which includes honors societies, honors classes across the curriculum and a range of scholarly events and travel opportunities. Eligible FPU students can earn University Scholar status upon graduation through a combination of honors coursework, honors society membership, attendance at USP-sponsored activities and by presenting or publishing scholarly work.


Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations