MTSU student wins $1,000 study abroad grant

The national headquarters of MTSU’s most prestigious honor society has awarded a $1,000 grant to an MTSU student.

Rebecca Clippard

Rebecca ClippardS

Rebecca Clippard, a senior majoring in Japanese and Spanish, received the stipend from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The Murfreesboro resident is one of only 25 students nationwide to receive the award.

“I am so grateful for the Phi Kappa Phi grant,” said Clippard. “Learning has always been one of my passions, and I want to earn a Ph.D. in Japanese and be a college professor.”

Clippard will use the grant to study at Kansai Gaidai University, an institution with which MTSU has a long-standing partnership, in Hirakata, Japan. She plans to depart Aug. 22 and return at the end of May or June 2017, depending on the scheduling of her final exams.

“As I got older, I discovered Japanese was a complex and beautiful language, and I had no hesitation in choosing Japanese as my major,” Clippard said.

Phi Kappa Phi has chapters at more than 300 colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines, including MTSU. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of second-term juniors.

Since the program’s inception in 2001, the honor society has awarded more than $750,000 in study-abroad grants.

“I understand how much dedication this will take and am glad that there are scholarships out there that encourage students to fulfill their dreams,” Clippard said.

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