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Lochlan H. Quiner

Lochlan H. Quiner

Quiner recognized by National Society of High School Scholars

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) announced student Lochlan H. Quiner from Kenai has been selected to become a member of the esteemed organization. The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.

“On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Lochlan has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence,” said Nobel. “Lochlan is now a member of a unique community of scholars — a community that represents our very best hope for the future.”

“We are proud to provide lifetime membership to young scholars to support their growth and development,” stated NSHSS President James W. Lewis. “We aim to help students like Lochlan build on their academic success by connecting them with unique learning experiences and resources to help prepare them for college and meaningful careers.”

NSHSS members automatically become lifetime members at the time of their initial membership. At each step along the way — from high school to college to career — NSHSS connects outstanding young scholars with the resources they need to develop their strengths and pursue their passions.

Bauder inducted into Phi Kappa Phi

Megan Bauder of Soldotna was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Bauder is pursuing a degree in Actuarial/Decision Science at Central Washington University.

Bauder is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The Society has chapters on more than 300 college and university campuses in North America and the Philippines. Its mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”

Peninsula students earn scholarships at University of Idaho

The University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, has awarded more than $25 million in scholarship support to students for the 2016-17 academic year, as part of its mission to make higher education affordable and accessible to students from all backgrounds. The funds were awarded to over 5,500 students from 47 states, including Alaska.

These scholarships are a combination of merit, need-based and outstanding achievement awards. Many of scholarships are funded privately by the University of Idaho Foundation, Inc., through the generosity of donors and alumni.

Kenai Peninsula students receiving scholarships include: Bryce Ole Jensen, Kenai, Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarship; Luke Hayden Johnson, Kenai, Discover Idaho Platinum Scholarship; Alison Jessica Jones, Kenai, Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarship; Josephine A. Jones, Kenai, Promising Music Student Scholarship; Paitton R. Reid, Soldotna, Helen E. Barber Humanities Scholarship and Discover Idaho Bronze Scholarship; Heather Elizabeth Schaefer, Soldotna, Discover Idaho Bronze Scholarship and Discover Idaho Access Waiver.

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