Phi Kappa Phi awards $5,000 fellowship to John Paul Lempke

John Paul Lempke
John Paul Lempke

KEARNEY – Recent University of Nebraska at Kearney graduate John Paul Lempke has been awarded a ,000 fellowship for graduate and professional study by Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society.

Lempke of Wallace graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in music performance and is attending graduate school at Arizona State University, where he is pursuing a master’s degree in music composition.

Every year, Phi Kappa Phi awards 51 fellowships of ,000 each and six at ,000 each to members entering their fi­rst year of graduate or professional study.

Lempke was among 160 nominees from approximately 300 college chapters who was nominated locally and competed for the awards.

He was selected based on the following criteria: academic achievement, written work sample, service and leadership experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement, career goals, acceptance  at  an approved  graduate or professional program, and a personal statement that highlighted “commitment to graduate education, anticipated contributions and career goals.”

Phi Kappa Phi promotes academic excellence and is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Standards for election are extremely high. Membership is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of second-semester juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students.


Writer: Todd Gottula, Director of Communications, 308.865.8454,