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WVU student named 2021 Key into Public Service Scholar

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Wren King, a rising junior majoring in anthropology, geography and women's and gender studies minoring in Native American studies, from Morgantown, is one of 20 students selected as a Key into Public Service Scholar by The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society.

The award recognizes her interest in pursuing a career in public service and strong academic record in natural and social sciences and humanities.

As part of the Scholarship, she will receive $5,000 to be used toward her education and take part in a virtual convening this month that will provide training, mentoring, and reflection on pathways into active citizenship.

Wren serves as an ambassador for the WVU Honors College, managerial editor for the Mountaineer Undergraduate Research Review and associate editor of UReCA: The NCHC Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. She also serves as a member of the WVU Global Medical and Dental Brigades and Organization for Native American Interests and has conducted research on sexual assault victimization on college campuses with a focus on the impacts of race, ethnicity and sexuality.

“The Society selected these exemplary students for their intellectual curiosity; breadth and depth across liberal arts and sciences coursework; positive contributions on and off campus through academic research, internships, and community work; and demonstrated commitment to serve the common good,” Phi Beta Kappa Secretary Frederick M. Lawrence said. 

Find more information about the scholarship and biographies of the recipients.