KU PHi Kappa Phi Announces 2019 Fellowship Recipient 

The University of Kansas Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to honor Ashley Farrow as the winner of its 2019 James Blackiston Memorial Graduate Fellowship and the chapter's nominee for a national Phi Kappa Phi fellowship for which she is the winner of an $8,500 National Fellowship from Phi Kappa Phi!.

Each year, this chapter of Phi Kappa Phi awards a fifteen hundred dollar fellowship for graduate education to a deserving initiate.  This fellowship was created to honor the memory of James Blackiston, a graduate student in the Department of Linguistics and an instructor in the Intensive English Center, now the Applied English Center, at KU.

Ashley is completing the fourth year of the five-year Master of Architecture program. She has earned a 3.83 GPA while pursuing a truly challenging program. The Blackiston Fellowship is the latest achievement for Ashley, who has received other honors while at KU, including School of Architecture Dean’s List, Downs Hall Undergraduate Staff Member of the Year, and multiple Scholarships.

Ashley has been involved both on and off campus. On campus Ashley serves as a Resident Assistant and has served as an Architecture Studio Peer Mentor and Architecture Student Council Studio Representative. In the community, Ashley has been a Freedom By Design Volunteer for the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) KU chapter on projects that have won awards through AIAS and the National Accreditation Board and a BIG Event Volunteer Group Leader. Ashley has also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity.

In the coming year, Ashley, who was initiated in Phi Kappa Phi in this academic year, plans to complete her Master of Architecture degree at KU. Ashley’s goal is to use architecture as a platform to make positive, lasting impacts, addressing issues within the environment and working through non-profits focused on using design-build to improve the local communities.

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