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Press Release for Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Recent UNF Graduate Awarded National Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

Kami Richmond, a recent University of North Florida graduate, has been awarded a $5,000 Fellowship by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Richmond is among 51 students nationwide to receive a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship. She graduated this spring with a bachelor’s degree in economics and international business from the Coggin College of Business and as an honors student in the Hicks Honors College.

As a Phi Kappa Phi Fellow, she will be starting the masters of public administration program with a concentration in public and nonprofit management at Syracuse University next month. After earning her graduate degree, she hopes to work for the United Nations or another transnational nongovernmental organization that provides humanitarian aid to refugees or orphans.

“My collegiate experiences at UNF and involvement in various nonprofit organizations helped me recognize that I wanted a career in the nonprofit sector helping communities in developing countries,” said Richmond, a Lake Wales native. “I eagerly anticipate advancing my education to make helping people my life’s passion.”

The selection process is based on the applicants' evidence of graduate potential, undergraduate academic achievement, service and leadership experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement of educational perspective and career goals, and acceptance at an approved graduate or professional program.

“Kami is the best of the best and we are excited that the support of UNF’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi was able to nominate her for this prestigious fellowship, which will allow her to continue graduate studies at Syracuse,” said Dr. Jeff Michelman, Hicks Honors College director.

Richmond was the recipient of the spring Senior Service Award, presented to a graduating senior for outstanding volunteer service to the University or community. At UNF, some of her service included helping as a Coggin College Student Ambassador, playing an integral role in the execution of programs presented by the Career Management Center and Coggin College. She was also the international projects director with the UNF Rotaract Club and a soccer coach with World Relief Jacksonville through the UNF Hicks Honors College.

In the Jacksonville community, Richmond dedicated her time volunteering with Global Community Outreach for the World Affairs Council, as a student consultant for the City Rescue Mission and as a Sunday school teacher at Christian Family Chapel. Her dedication to service expanded internationally while studying abroad in Beijing, China, in the summer of 2014. As a result, she became involved with Alenah’s Home, a nonprofit foster home for orphans with special needs.

Since its creation in 1932, the Fellowship Program has become one of the Society's most visible and financially well-supported endeavors, allocating $345,000 annually to deserving students for first-year graduate or professional study. Currently, 51 Fellowships of $5,000 and six of $15,000 are awarded each year. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. For more information, visit

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.