Chosen from over 900 applicants attending Phi Beta Kappa chapter institutions across the nation, each scholar will receive a $5,000 undergraduate scholarship and take part in a conference convening in late June to provide them with training, mentoring, and reflection on pathways into active citizenship. Inspired by many Phi Beta Kappa members who have shaped the course of our nation through local, state, and federal service, the award highlights specific pathways for liberal arts and graduates seeking public sector careers.
“It's truly an honor to have been chosen to receive this award,” said Williams. “I plan to make the most of this opportunity I'm being so graciously given and make my family and IU community proud.”
“I am delighted that Logan has been recognized for his outstanding academic work and his commitment to public service,” said Rick Van Kooten, executive dean of the College. “He embodies what it means to be a student of the liberal arts and sciences: intellectually curious, a desire to help and teach others, with the ambition to lead a meaningful life while pursuing a fulfilling career that contributes to the greater good. I congratulate him on this important achievement.”
Prior to enrolling in the College, Logan attended Muncie Central High School in Muncie, Indiana, his hometown. There, he was involved in the White River Cleanup, a multi-year effort responsible for removing an estimated 65 tons of trash and nearly 800 tires from the city’s river. He also volunteered for the 2020 Bernie Sanders for President campaign. At Indiana University, Logan has served as a teaching assistant for Dina Spechler, an associate professor of Political Science, for her undergraduate honors U.S. foreign policy class, “Navigating the Nuclear Age,” as well as participated in the Sunrise Movement to help fight climate change. After graduating from Indiana, Logan plans to spend some time with Teach for America to help give back to his Indiana community.
Renowned for recognizing academic excellence on 293 select campuses across the nation, The Phi Beta Kappa Society is comprised of more than 500,000 members from diverse backgrounds and experiences. On campuses and in communities, the work of the Society attests to the lifelong value of an education that fosters scientific inquiry, liberty of conscience, critical thinking, and creative endeavor for all.