Todd Kumler

Todd Kumler

Kumler Receives Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

April 26, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Todd Kumler '07 has been awarded the Kathleen Greey Fellowship by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. The Fellowship will enable Kumler to pursue a Ph.D. in economics at Columbia University.

This honor counts Kumler among 100 students nationwide to receive the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship and Award of Excellence. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Program supports deserving students in their first year of graduate study.

The Kathleen Greey Fellowship was created in 2000 to honor the memory of the late Kathleen Greey, a longtime Phi Kappa Phi chapter officer at Portland State University, who provided funds for this purpose in her estate plans. The selection process for the honor is based on the applicants’ undergraduate academic performance; leadership and service on the campus and in the community; evidence of graduate potential; personal statement of educational perspective, purpose and objectives; and the evaluation reports from three individuals who are in a position to attest to the student’s performance, citizenship and character.

An economics and mathematics double major at Illinois Wesleyan with a political science minor, Kumler was valedictorian at Elgin's Larkin High School in 2003.

Kumler was selected in 2006 as a Student Laureate by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, which annually recognizes students who have brought honor to the state of Illinois by their commitment to the principles of democracy and humanity as exemplified by Abraham Lincoln. He also was a semifinalist for the Marshall Scholarship, which supports talented young Americans who plan to study in the United Kingdom.

Kumler has been admitted into several collegiate honor societies including Phi Beta Kappa Undergraduate Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi All-Discipline Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta First-Year Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma First-Year Honor Society, Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honor Society and Phi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society. As a first-year student, he was named an IWU Presidential Scholar.

Also at Illinois Wesleyan, Kumler is president of the Economics Society and co-president of the College Democrats. As the 2005 Student Senate treasurer, Kumler was awarded the Minor Myers, jr. Student Senate Scholarship. He has served as editor of both the Park Place Economist, which publishes articles by IWU economics students, and the Undergraduate Economic Review, a worldwide online journal.

Kumler worked as a campaign intern for Barack Obama's U.S. Senate campaign in 2004.  He studied advanced macroeconomics at the London School of Economics in the summer of 2005, and in the summer of 2006, he was a research intern at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

Contact: Ann Aubry, (309) 556-3181