Plunkett ’21 Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant
Dec. 5, 2018
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Wesleyan University German and international studies
double major Maeve Plunkett ’21 (Glenview, Illinois) has been awarded a $1,000 Study
Abroad Grant from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi – the nation's oldest and most
selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines – to support her semester
study in Rabat, Morocco. Plunkett is one of 25 students nationwide to receive the
The grants are designed to support undergraduate students, including both members
and nonmembers from campuses that have Phi Kappa Phi chapters, as they seek expanded
knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad.
“The Phi Kappa Phi scholarship grant reflects the importance of studying abroad to
gain new perspectives,” Plunkett said. “I'm studying development with my international
studies major, and the opportunity to study in a developing country could not be matched
in a classroom.”
The selection process for a study abroad grant is based on the applicant's academic
achievement, campus and community service, relation of travel to academic preparation
and career goals, a personal statement, letters of recommendation, and acceptance
into a study abroad program.
Plunkett will spend the Spring 2019 semester as part of an SIT Study Abroad program,
titled “Migration and Transnational Identity,” where she will learn about Morocco's
rich history of migration, participate in an internship and learn the native language.
“It will definitely be a challenging experience as I currently know about three phrases
in Arabic, but I'm really looking forward to meeting obstacles as they come and finding
creative ways to get by,” Plunkett said.
She said the program focuses on experiential field-based learning, which will allow
her to engage with people in the country and directly observe what is happening there.
She will also live with a host family, which will allow for further immersion in the
“I'm really excited to push myself out of my normal context here in Illinois and witness
firsthand how people live in another part of the world,” Plunkett said.
Established in 2001, the Study Abroad Grant Program has awarded more than $800,000
to undergraduate students. The grants are part of the Society's robust portfolio of
award programs, which give nearly $1 million each year to outstanding students and
members through graduate and dissertation fellowships, funding for post-baccalaureate
development, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives.