Student Awarded Inaugural Pioneer Award from Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Florida Tech student Shayla Peak has been recognized with the Pioneer Award from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

The Pioneer Award, in its inaugural year, is designed to encourage and reward undergraduate members for developing the research, engagement and leadership skills necessary to become a successful scholar.

Peak is one of 50 students nationwide to receive the award, worth $1,000. She is seeking her bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and was initiated into Florida Tech’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter in 2022.

The selection process for a Pioneer Award is based on the applicant’s academic achievement, honors and awards, relevant research experience, service and leadership experience on and off campus, a personal statement and a letter of recommendation.

The Pioneer Award is the newest addition to the Society’s portfolio of award and grant programs, which gives $1.3 million each year to outstanding students and members through graduate and dissertation fellowships, funding for post-baccalaureate development, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives. Phi Kappa Phi is proud to offer an award exclusively for undergraduates and this program is a welcome addition to the Society’s portfolio.

To learn more about the Pioneer Award and other Phi Kappa Phi awards, visit

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