Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Virginia Commonwealth University's Phi Kappa Phi Chapter Helps Achieve Dreams

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Virginia Commonwealth University's Phi Kappa Phi Chapter Helps Achieve Dreams

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According to the National Center for Education Statistics under the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences, the average student loan at a public four-year institution in 2010-2011 was $6,300, and 51 percent of students received loans. In fiscal year 2010, around 4.1 million students began the repayment phase of their loans. Of the 4.1 million students, 9.2 percent defaulted before the end of fiscal year 2011. In an effort to offset the rising cost of postsecondary education, some Phi Kappa Phi chapters, Like the one at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), have established scholarship programs.

"Phi Kappa Phi at Virginia Commonwealth University has one of the strongest, most far-reaching scholarship programs at the university," said two-time scholarship winner Varun Bhasin. "I hope the VCU Phi Kappa Phi scholarship program maintains its status as the leading program that can help fulfill the goals of motivated, achieving students. The VCU Phi Kappa Phi scholarship program undoubtedly made a difference in my education at Virginia Commonwealth University."

Bhasin, a medical student at VCU School of Medicine in Richmond, Va., class of 2017, received the Wayne C. Hall scholarship, and in 2013 the Lauren A. Woods scholarship. The funds from the Wayne C. Hall award enabled Bhasin to pay for his tuition and graduate with a degree in biology. Bhasin will use the funds from the Lauren A. Woods scholarship toward medical school.

"I am grateful to Phi Kappa Phi and VCU for their contribution to my undergraduate and professional studies. My dream is to become a physician and VCU's Phi Kappa Phi scholarship program has helped me get one step closer to that goal," said Bhasin.

VCU's Phi Kappa Phi scholarship program began in 1991 after a matching fund program geared toward the university's 10 academic departments was established and an executive director of the program was named. …

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