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Drew University Student Named a 2024 Key Into Public Service Scholar

Jacquelyn Dal Bon C’26 selected for scholarship program connecting arts and sciences students with public sector pathways 

May 2024 — Drew University student Jacquelyn Dal Bon C’26 has been selected as one of only 20 students nationwide as a Key Into Public Service Scholar by The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society and a leading national advocate for the value of a liberal arts and sciences education.

“I am honored and thrilled to be joining such an accomplished cohort of students dedicated to civic service,” said Dal Bon, who studies biology and chemistry on a pre-med track.

“This incredible program will strengthen my capacity to use my science education for social good, both at Drew and beyond. I am grateful to the Drew Civic Engagement Department for their support, as this recognition reflects the invaluable lessons I have learned so far during my time here at Drew.”

Drawing inspiration from many notable Phi Beta Kappa members who have shaped the course of the country, the program recognizes 20 exceptional liberal arts and sciences students with a demonstrated interest in pursuing careers in local, state, and federal government. 

Chosen from more than 700 applicants attending Phi Beta Kappa chapter institutions across the nation, Dal Bon and the other 2024 scholars display notable breadth and depth across the arts and sciences.

In celebration of their achievements, each 2024 scholar will receive a $5,000 undergraduate scholarship and will participate in an educational conference held in Washington, D.C., providing them with invaluable training, mentorship, and opportunities for reflection on pathways to active citizenship. 

Alumni of the program, now in its fifth year, have earned prestigious honors including Rhodes Scholarships, Truman Scholarships, Fulbright Scholarships, NAACP Marshall-Motley Scholars and more. The Society’s Key into Public Service program cultivates the next generation of public service leaders. 

“Since 1776, the Society has firmly stood for the principle that education in the liberal arts and sciences is essential for our democracy,” Phi Beta Kappa Secretary and CEO Frederick M. Lawrence remarked. “As we recognize the Class of 2024 Key Into Public Service Scholars for their academic excellence, civic dedication, and service to others, we know the impact of this program will extend far beyond monetary awards. They will receive guidance and support to navigate the complexities of governance with wisdom, integrity, and dedication to the greater good.”

For more information about the scholarship and to access individual biographies of the recipients, please visit pbk.org/KeyintoPublicService.

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