Golden Key

Scholarships Recipients

Golden Key awards $1,000,000 in scholarships and awards each year to our deserving membership, including undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni and Golden Key advisors.

See how dreams became reality for a few of our recent winners!

Simon Song Zhang

"This award is an excellent approval. After years of studying bachelor and master, I have been taught professional knowledge on civil engineering, but there is no certain standard to value my own achievement. This award can confirm the efforts I have made in studying period, which makes me very thankful. On the other hand, this award gives me great encouragement to my further, including both study and career. It tells me to keep trying and continue to learn, and it is always worthy."


– Simon Song Zhang, The University of Adeliade - Australia,
Fall 2013 Research Grant recipient ($1,000)

Rose Kenyon

"Growing up as a Girl Scout in the small town of Wakefield, Rhode Island, I was always inspired by nature and deeply determined to protect it. My interest is in promoting sustainability at the community level. Beyond college, I plan to attend graduate school to study Urban Planning in hopes that through sustainable development, environmentally conscious communities can foster. I am now lucky enough to be taking both environmental and communication courses while abroad in India. My experience abroad thus far has been absolutely incredible. The culture in India is very different from that of the United States and everyday I learn more about the people and traditions of the country. I am positive that this experience will influence my future career in many ways, as it has helped me to see the needs of a community through different perspectives. Global education scholarships provide American students invaluable opportunities to grow both academically and as a global citizen. For these reasons, I am incredibly thankful to Golden Key for having awarded me with this scholarship."

– Rose Kenyon, George Mason University - USA,
Fall 2013 Study Abroad Scholarship recipient ($1,000)

Akinlolu Makinwa

"Winning this award among many applicants is a milestone for me and a confirmation of my call to contribute to the emergent and essential field of youth and family ministry, especially in Africa. It also means, to me, that Golden Key International Society recognizes the fact that all field of study has the potential to make impact in the society. Since I have come to a conclusion that the fruits of all scientific and technological advancements are likely to be nullified if the present predicaments of youth and families, which constitute any society, are not addressed as essential to a stable economy, peaceful coexistence and sustainable community development projects, I have committed myself to the study of youth and family and empowerment of youth and families. "

– Akinlolu Makinwa, Stellenbosch University - South Africa,
Fall 2013 Study Abroad Scholarship recipient ($1,000)

Dmitry Maznichenko

"If it takes a village to raise a child, then our future relies on our ability to work together. Our professional development is tied to this notion. I am grateful to be a recipient of the 2013 Alumni Professional Development Grant from the GK International Honour Society as it is an acknowledgement that my persistent efforts are for the betterment of our global well-being and future. Community involvement is greatly contributing to my professional development. I am constantly meeting people with great ambitions and I can also proudly say that Golden Key supports my efforts to be an influential community leader."


– Dmitry Maznichenko, Ryerson University - Canada,
Fall 2013 Alumni Professional Development Grant recipient ($1,000)


Timothy Ng

"I am honoured to receive the Golden Key Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship. I am very grateful for this recognition of my achievement in balancing the demands of academic study with campus and community life. I will begin a research-only Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in March. My thesis title is: 'Production of a protein-rich and lipid-rich aquaculture feed from green wastes'."



– Timothy Ng, The University of Waikato - New Zealand,
Fall 2013 Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship recipient ($5,000)

Makiijah D. Crabbe

"As the President of the University of the Virgin Islands – St. Thomas Chapter, I am extremely honored to be selected as the winner for the Fall 2013 Education Debt Reduction Award. This award has encouraged me to keep moving forward with my future endeavors and continue to go strive to reach even greater heights of becoming an outstanding global business professional and leader."



– Makiijah D. Crabbe, University of the Virgin Islands - USA,
Fall 2013 Education Debt Reduction Award recipient ($5,000)


Lim Fang Xin

"I have graduated from a Bachelor of Science (Food Studies) at the University of Putra Malaysia (UPM). I am also a proud recipient of the 2013 Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship Award, and this marks the beginning of my journey towards becoming a leader in humanitarian action. Personally, I feel that I need to do more than just lend a helping hand to the people who walk into my life. As a matter of fact, I desire to walk into the lives of the underprivileged around the world and touch them in a way that they will find comfort and solace in their difficult conditions; at the same time, they will also find inspiration in overcoming all odds and make a conscious decision to change not only their lives, but those of their community. "

Lim Fang Xin, Universiti Putra Malaysia - Malaysia,
Fall 2013 Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship recipient ($5,000)

Stephanie Khairallah

"I am honored and grateful to have been selected as a recipient for the 2013 Canadian Volunteer Abroad Award. Not only it is helping me cover my living expenses, but has provided me the opportunity to concentrate and fully explore the potential within the apprenticeship scope and duties at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The experience at the WFP is proving to be a very positive opportunity, allowing me to be part of a very well structured organization. Not only I am applying my theoretical knowledge in real world scenarios, but also I have been given a window that opens on a wide range of possibilities related to future employment and a tool that will help me decide on a major for my post graduate studies."

– Stephanie Khairallah, McGill University - Canada,
Fall 2013 Canadian Study/Volunteer Abroad Award recipient ($1,500)

Talita Delport

"I feel grateful and humbled whilst also feeling proud for receiving this award. The ability to share the importance of reaching out into our local communities is one of my passions. To be rewarded for one of my passions is truly the highest, most humbling honour I could have asked for. I hope that through the receiving of this award that I will be able to inspire the people in my hometown Bulawayo and my friends at the University of Pretoria to realize that outreach work can receive acknowledgement. Most of all, I hope to inspire them to embark on their own community work and to make a difference each and every day."


– Talita Delport, University of Pretoria - South Africa,
Fall 2013 Community Service Award recipient ($1,000)

Felix Rivera-Perez

"I’ve always known that graduate school was only the beginning of my professional development as an educator in higher education. In fact, in order to succeed as an educator, it’s imperative that I continue to develop skills necessary that will enable me to effectively help students with their own development. The Alumni Professional Development Grant allows me to secure most of the funds I need to become certified, and affirms the support Golden Key Honour Society gives its members to be successful in their careers. Winning this award gives me the shot in the arm to press forward, so that I do not become stale in my profession."


– Felix Rivera-Perez, Baruch College - CUNY - USA,
Fall 2013 Alumni Professional Development Grant recipient ($1,000)

Ethan Bowering WEB

"I feel extremely privileged to be recognised by the Golden Key International Honour Society as a recipient of a 2013 Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship. This scholarship will allow me to continue pursuing academic and professional development opportunities into the future and allow me to continue my commitment to academics, leadership and community service. I look forward to being able to credit Golden Key with helping me unlock my potential and make an impact in my local and wider community."


Ethan Bowering, Griffith University - Australia,
Fall 2013 Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship recipient ($5,000)

Rebecca Cross

"I am extremely honoured and surprised to have won a Research Grant. I am thankful to Golden Key for giving me this award and look forward to the opportunities it will bring. Winning the Research Grant will allow me to travel to Austria to take part in the 13th International Conference on the Short Story in English. I will be giving a paper entitled “Sludge Before Sunshine: The Return Story of Olive Kitteridge.” This research will form part of my dissertation. I relish the opportunity to discuss my work with other scholars of the short story and am looking forward to receiving feedback and constructive criticism on my research.""


– Rebecca Cross, University of Wollongong - Australia,
Fall 2013 Golden Key Research Grant recipient ($1,000)

Kate Poppa

"Winning the Fall 2013 Study Abroad Scholarship Award is a great honour and privilege, it has not only provided a means to finance my study abroad experience but it symbolises what one can achieve with hard work and persistence. Winning this award has afforded me the opportunity to study while travelling to and experiencing the amazing country that is Mexico. Living and studying in a foreign country has allowed me to become immersed in a new and exciting culture; broaden my world view; expose me to invaluable opportunities unavailable in an Australian setting; and of course add an international perspective to my Australian degree. Studying abroad in Mexico and winning this scholarship to help me do so are two incredible privileges that I am so thankful for. It is difficult to express my gratitude without sounding as if I am reeling off a catalogue of clichés, so I just want to share with you one important lesson I have learnt over the past month: to grasp every opportunity that arises and to make the absolute most of it because it could be life changing."

Kate Poppa, La Trobe University - Australia,
Fall 2013 Study Abroad Scholarship recipient ($1,000)


Graham Kell

"I feel greatly honored to be a recipient of this award and would like to thank Golden Key. This will allow me to progress further down my chosen academic pathway, while at the same time continuing to serve the community in which I find myself. Living on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia, and studying Psychology at the University of Southern Queensland, I am running a charity that assists disengaged children and young people, connecting them back into the community and employment. This scholarship will help me to maintain the balance that these pursuits and family life require!"


Graham Kell, University of Southern Queensland- Australia,
Fall 2013 Community Service Scholarship recipient ($1,000)


LI Ying Qi

"It is a pleasant honour to be selected as the winner of the 2013 Research Grant, Fall Selection from Golden Key International Honour Society. Receiving this award greatly motivates me to continue conducting research of my interest that I believe will have an impact to the society. My research involves the evaluation of novel biomarkers of health in a group of Australian adults that will have original contribution to multidisciplinary academic fields and will lead to practical use and benefits to the wider community. In the future, I would like to combine my dietetics practice with my future research interest to contribute to a better tomorrow for the society and the wider community."


Li Ying Qi (Winnie), Edith Cowan University - Australia,
Fall 2013 Golden Key Research Grant recipient ($1,000)

Sarah Llewellyn

"I am honoured to be one of the recipients of the Golden Key 2013 Study Abroad Scholarship Award and am grateful for the opportunities this award will provide me. In order to study in the People’s Republic of China for 12 months, I have had to rely on financial aid and student scholarships to help finance my studies abroad. Receiving this scholarship will help reduce my financial burdens and provide assistance for me as I continue pursuing my Graduate Diploma of Asia Pacific Studies. I believe that to become fluent in a particular language, I must fully immerse myself in that foreign society in order to understand and learn the nuances within that culture. As one of this year’s recipients of the Study Abroad Scholarship, I have been able to continue to contribute to my development in a language environment second to none, thus allowing me to enhance my understanding of Australia’s significant regional relationship with China. My educational pursuits would not be possible without generous support from scholarship sponsors like your organisation."

– Sarah Llewellyn, The Australian National University - Australia,
Fall 2013 Study Abroad Scholarship recipient ($1,000)

Maija Pulkkinen

"I am truly honoured and greatful to receive the Golden Key Community Service Award. Volunteering in The Philippines was incredibly rewarding and challenging experience for me and it means lot to me to being recognised for the community service I have done. It is also a great encouragement for my future, as I hope to work in the field of International Development. I am very greatful for this generous award and it will go towards my next international volunteering trip in 2014. "


Maija Pulkkinen, La Trobe University - Australia,
Fall 2013 Community Service Scholarship recipient ($1,000)

Gene Katsevman

“I am incredibly honored and thankful to receive the Golden Key Education Debt Reduction Award! I am from Chicago, Illinois, and graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2010 with majors in biology and philosophy and minors in bioethics, psychology, and neuroscience. It is during my undergraduate studies that I became involved with Golden Key, and I could not be happier regarding that decision. As a current fourth year medical student at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, I am beginning to embark on the residency application process as I aspire to match in a neurosurgical program. This award will be of great help with residency applications and the interview process. It will also help alleviate the financial burden that comes with graduate school. The mission of Golden Key is one that resonates with me, and I am thankful for an organization that values education and celebrates a commitment to life-long learning. Thank you to everyone at Golden Key for this generous award!”

– Gene Katsevman, Loyola University Chicago - USA,
Spring 2013 Education Debt Reduction Award winner ($5,000)

Kayla Stan “It is a tremendous privilege to be recognized by Golden Key International Honour Society. Receiving an Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship signifies to me that I have been successful in living and promoting the values of this organization every day in a meaningful way. I am so honoured and humbled by that recognition. It also acknowledges the assistance and support of family and friends who have given me unconditional mentorship and encouragement during my journey thus far. It is my desire to continue to be a leader on campus and in the community, and my ongoing commitment is to achieve the highest standards of academic excellence while engaging in service to others through meaningful actions that provide lasting, tangible outcomes.”


Kayla Stan, University of Alberta - Canada,
Spring 2013 Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship winner ($5,000)

Thierry Fonkui

“I was very happy to learn that I was a recipient of the 2013 Research Grant Award, Spring selection. Thank you for your generosity and I appreciate your confidence in me and willingness to contribute to my future education. I am a biotechnologist major with an emphasis in biochemistry planning to further more with my studies within the field of nanotechnology in continuation with the current Master’s project at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. I am so glad to know that my education is important to you. This generous offer has limited my financial burden and given me an opportunity to avail more myself in academic with hope to inspire other students to achieve their goals and make their place a better place to be.”

– Thierry Fonkui, University of Johannesburg - South Africa,
Spring 2013 Golden Key Research Grant winner ($1,000)


Nishtha Vashishtha

"I feel Golden Key has stood by me through the big decisions of my life, a believer in my dreams, and a supporter for me to march forward. I cannot thank Golden Key enough for their encouragement and I am absolutely ecstatic to win the 2013 Study Abroad Scholarship Award! The support of the organization in guiding young explorers and students onto their path of the dreams is commendable if not simply amazing. It’s heart-warming to know that people have faith in the dreams you envision and this award for me is that and even more. I am from Delhi, India, and have recently started my masters in Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The institution is great and I am learning a lot everyday, towards achieving my dream of becoming a human rights activist and be part of change in whichever way possible. In a rather similar way I feel that’s what Golden Key does too, it nurtures talent while emphasising on excellence. It gives you an opportunity to strive more and more, be it in the sphere of academics, leadership or service."

Nishtha Vashishtha, University of Delhi-Lady Shri Ram College - India,
Spring 2013 Study Abroad Scholarship recipient ($1,000)

Shanling Feiran Yu

"It is my honorary pleasure to receive the Outstanding Alumni Scholarship Award. This award will enable me to participate in more Golden Key networking events and conferences, which will in turn, expand my professional network. In the coming year I would like to gain more insights in leadership and community service, so that I could use my connections, experience and knowledge to help other GK members in their professional development."



Shanling Feiran Yu, La Trobe University - Australia,
Spring 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient ($1,000)


Sarah Saylor

“Receiving recognition for my commitment to leadership, academics and service, values that I share with Golden Key, is especially meaningful because it recognizes not only my past and present but also my future. This generous award will assist me on my path to obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree from the Indiana School of Social Work. This award is proof that hard work does not go unrecognized and as long as you put your heart into it, anything is possible.”


– Sarah Saylor, Indiana University Purdue University - USA,
Spring 2013 GEICO Life Scholarship winner ($1,000)

Elahe Rostami

"I have graduated with a Bachelors in Industrial Design from UPM(Malaysia) focusing on design for extreme affordability. Gaining basic knowledge in conception of new product development process, now I have the chance to complement my knowledge of technical and contextual aspects of media and cultivate my own creative potential and artistic voice at the Bauhaus-Universitat Weimar in Germany. Throughout my academic career I have always strived for excellence as means for greater contributions to my community. Receiving this scholarship will make that goal much easier to obtain. Your generosity is much appreciated and accepted with extreme honour. I once again thank you sincerely for believing in me. "

Elahe Rostami Ravari, Universiti Putra Malaysia - Malaysia,
Summer 2013 Study Abroad Scholarship recipient ($1,000)


Kevin Tuyau

"Receiving this reward was a genuine surprise. I feel very proud to be a part of Golden Key and help out when I can. I’m very humbled to know that people appreciate the work that I have done and that I have made a positive impact on other members of Golden Key. I am very interested in the media industry and hope to make a career in journalism and filmmaking. I’ll probably use my grant to help pay for courses to further enhance my presenting, writing and managing ability. "


Kevin Tuyau, Swinburne University of Technology - Australia,
Regional Student Leader of the Year Award 2013-Asia-Pacific recipient ($1,000)


Michelle Esterhuizen

"I am very honoured to have been selected as a winner of the Undergraduate Achievement Award this year. I am a firm believer in Golden Key’s three pillars of academics, leadership and service and receiving recognition for my efforts in promoting this philosophy makes me extremely proud – not only in my own efforts, but also that of our committee at Flinders University, South Australia. I hope that others will be able to follow in our committee’s footsteps and enjoy the successes that comes from hard work and dedication. As I will be graduating soon, I am saddened by the fact that I will be stepping away from my leadership role, however, I hope to continue to be a leader in the workforce and beyond. Receiving this award gives me confidence that I will be able to do so. I cannot thank Golden Key enough for the personal and professional development opportunities it has provided throughout my university career, which have contributed to making me the person I am today. My endless thanks to everyone who helped make that possible."

Michelle Esterhuizen, Flinders University - Australia,
Spring 2013 Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship recipient ($5,000)


Yvonne Yu

“To win the 2013 Visual and Performing Arts Achievement Award for Mixed Media is an extreme honor for me. The award proved to me that my skills are capable of great heights and I am glad to be recognised for it. The monetary award will also be a big help in supporting my goal to becoming a self-employed artist after graduating from my education in animation and interactive media. I am very pleased to add this scholarship award, given to me by Golden Key, to my list of academic achievements. I thank Golden Key for giving me the opportunity to prove myself.”


– Yvonne Yu, RMIT University - Australia,
Spring 2013 Visual & Performing Arts Achievement Award- Mixed Media Category recipient ($1,000)


Meenambuka Durvasula

"I was pleasantly surprised when I got to know that I had been selected for Study Abroad – Summer Selection. I feel greatly honoured with the international recognition bestowed on me by Golden Key for recognising my academic achievements. This award would not only help me self-support my MSc in Economics at the University College London, but also reaffirm the faith that hard work does get recognised and appreciated- a great feeling difficult to express in words. This is a big development in my life as it gives me a moral boost and creates self-confidence to excel and continue to pursue academic excellence through the course and beyond. Thank you Golden Key for giving me the opportunity to prove myself!! "

Meenambuka Durvasula, University of Delhi-Sri Venkateswara College - India,
Spring 2013 Study Abroad Scholarship recipient ($1,000)


Kevin Wessell

"For myself, winning this award makes the difference in studying without financial constraint or burden, but more so, it encourages me in that Golden Key International Honour Society truly invests in and rewards its members. This scholarship signifies the sincere member appreciation and support given by this exemplary society, which in my experience have not yet been matched by other membership organizations. Regarding graduate studies I intend on studying Theology, still in deciding as to where, although I am confident that Golden Key and its services may very well assist me in finding the right school in the future. I wish to express my utmost gratitude for being selected for the scholarship, and I pledge to put it to its best use abroad."


Kevin Wessell, The University of New Mexico - USA,
Spring 2013 Study Abroad Scholarship winner ($1,000)

Katherine Appleby

"I have recently completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts through the University of Southern Queensland. Initially I trained as a teacher; however, art has always been my passion, my ‘first love’. As a result, just three years ago I left my teaching position and moved interstate to embark on a Bachelor of Creative Arts. This has been the most rewarding decision and experience of my life. I am thrilled and honoured to receive this. This award is an encouragement to me and my arts practice and a confirmation of the level I am achieving. It will also enable me to gain necessary equipment and supplies that are needed to continue to develop my arts practice. Thank you to Golden Key for spurring me forward in my desire to achieve great things."

Katherine Appleby, University of Southern Queensland - Australia,
Summer 2013 Visual & Performing Arts Achievement Award Painting Category recipient ($1,000)


Noriza Abu Hassan Shaari

"I am completely humbled and at the same time overcome with joy for being selected as a recipient of the 2012 Golden Key Graduate Scholar Award. Winning this prestigious award means a lot to me; not only is it an international recognition for me as an individual, for my university, and my country, it is also an inspiration to my children to strive to achieve academic and career excellence. I am extremely grateful for this funding assistance as it allows me to continue my doctoral program in Instructional Design and Technology at West Virginia University without financial hindrance. Thank you Golden Key – you are a strong support and an inspiration to me!"


– Noriza Abu Hassan Shaari, West Virginia University - USA,
Fall 2012 Graduate Scholar Award winner ($10,000)