Megan Carney, president of the Phi Eta Sigma chapter at Missouri Southern, was recently selected to receive a scholarship from the honor society’s national office.

Carney, who recently began her third year in Missouri Southern’s Yours to Lose – Advance Medical School Acceptance Program, was selected as one of the recipients of the $1,000 undergraduate scholarship.

“They’re looking for student involvement and volunteer work within Phi Eta Sigma and outside as well,” said Carney. “They want you to be a community-minded person.”

Her volunteer efforts have included working with her fellow chapter members to clean rooms at the Ronald McDonald House of the Four States. She also recently completed a summer internship through AmeriCorps, working with children with developmental disabilities.

Carney, who served as chapter president for the 2018-19 school year, was recently elected again for the position for 2019-20.

“While she is organized and displays true leadership, it’s her passion for serving the community that makes Megan deserving of this scholarship,” said Teresa Thompson, director of First-Year Experience at Missouri Southern and advisor to the Phi Eta Sigma chapter. “When planning events for the club, community service projects are at the forefront.”

Founded in 1923 at the University of Illinois, Phi Eta Sigma is the nation’s oldest and largest honor society for first-year college and university students. The national organization awards approximately $300,000 in scholarships each year.