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In May, Kenneth Dean Patterson, a 2017 CSU Global graduate, got a gratifying surprise. An email arrived announcing that he had won the Geico Life Scholarship from the Golden Key International Honour Society. After graduating with a BS in Healthcare Administration in March, he had moved on and wasn’t thinking about school, scholarships, or tuition. “I was invited by Golden Key after completing my first semester with a 4.0 GPA,” he said.
Founded in 1977, the Golden Key International Honour Society is the world's largest non-profit merit-based award organization. Membership into the society is by invitation only, and applies to the top 15 percent of college and university sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements. Patterson’s award signals the broad acceptance of online degree programs as academically rigorous and viable.
The Geico-sponsored Life Scholarship was created for nontraditional students, and is awarded to those who achieve academic excellence while juggling work and/or family. To apply, applicants are required to write a personal statement and submit a resume/CV along with a current, comprehensive transcript — only official transcripts are accepted. Each month a recipient is selected for the $1,000 award.
The Geico Life Scholarship is just one of 14 award categories that include research grants, debt reduction awards, and study abroad scholarships. Golden Key has awarded more than $12.5 million in awards and scholarships since 1997.