Topeka, Kan. – Washburn University senior Jack Van Dam is one of five college students across the nation chosen as a recipient of the 2017 Jordan Smith Undergraduate Student Fellowship Award.
Van Dam is a political science major from Wichita and is involved in many activities on campus including acting as a First-Year Experience Peer Educator. He is on the Dean’s and President’s Honor Rolls, has been recognized as Who’s Who of Washburn, Mortar Board, Inc. honor society and Pi Sigma Alpha.
The Jordan Smith Undergraduate Student Fellowships Program is open to all undergraduate students and is offered through the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina. They award up to five fellowships to undergraduate students for their annual conference, which will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. The purpose of the Fellowship Program is to advance the leadership skills and knowledge base of undergraduate students so that they may in turn use what they learn at the conference to enhance and encourage first-year student development on their respective campuses. The fellowship covers the participant's conference registration fee, but no travel or lodging expenses.
This is the second consecutive year that a Washburn student won the Fellowship, 2016 graduate Kayla Johnson also received the award.
Mortar Board, Inc. is a national honor society which recognizes college seniors for distinguished ability and achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Founded in 1918 as the first national organization honoring senior college women, the Society opened its membership to men in 1975. Since 1918, more than 240,000 college students have been initiated into Mortar Board.
Pi Sigma Alpha is a political science national honors society. Pi Sigma Alpha seeks to promote excellence in the study of political science through a variety of programs for student members and local chapters.