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Reflective of our founders’ legacy of innovation and forward-thinking, the following chapters and members were awarded Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation grants to make a significant, positive difference through experiential learning and service programs. Their participation in educational programs outside of the traditional classroom helps set them apart as leaders with enhanced skills and knowledge. And like the Thetas before them, these leading women are following in our founders’ footsteps to enrich the world. We invite you to join us in congratulating them on their incredible accomplishments.


2016-17 Theta Foundation Grant Recipients

To view program photos submitted by each quarter’s grant recipients, select an album below and then click on an individual photo to browse the gallery. Enjoy!

Quarter 4

Cheryl Freyou, Delta Kappa/Louisiana State – To renew her National Board Certification for Professional Teaching Standards.
Kaylan Gee, Delta Omicron/Alabama – To participate in a public health internship with Project OKURASE in Okurase, Ghana.
Laura Guild, Alpha/DePauw – To participate in The George Institute for Global Health’s Promoting Access to Global Health Development Program in Sydney, Australia.
Nicolette Jew, Iota/Cornell – To participate in Cornell University’s India Global Service Learning Program in Mysore, India.
Althea Anne Perez, Eta Pi/Case Western Reserve – To present her research at the International Society of Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health Conference in Groningen, Netherlands.
Barbara Peterson, Alpha Iota/Washington University-St. Louis (D) – To attend the Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) Conference at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Abby Sticker, Delta Kappa/Louisiana State – To participate in the Safari4u Veterinary Program in Chinsta, South Africa.
Richelle Volk, Beta Chi/Alberta – To participate in the Berlin Initiative Internship through Kiron Open Higher Education for Refugees in Berlin, Germany.
Nashville Alumnae Chapter – To participate in the ASSERT Self Defense and Empowerment Program through KSA Martial Academy in Nashville, Tennessee.

Quarter 3

Madeline Beattie, Pi/Albion – To work as a Pangea Educational Development Summer Volunteer in Wakiso, Uganda.
Hillary Bennetts, Epsilon Omega/Washington & Jefferson – To participate in the Bauman Nutrition Consultant Program in Berkeley, California.
Alicia Cauthen, Beta Mu/Nevada – To attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders at the University of Maryland.
Kaliana Chamberlin, Beta Xi/UCLA – To participate in an alternative spring break program in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Paige Clark, Beta Omega/Colorado College – To participate in the toLabor Birth Doula Training Program in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Lisa Combs, Alpha Gamma/Ohio State – To attend and present at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
Kathryn Hanson, Alpha Eta/Vanderbilt – To participate in the Vanderbilt University Global Medical Brigades program in Nicaragua.
Mallory Kirzinger, Zeta Upsilon/UT Dallas – To participate in the One Heart Source Educational Mentorship Program in Cape Town, South Africa.
Morgan McKusick, Beta Upsilon/British Columbia – To complete Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Caroline Mulligan, Alpha Eta/Vanderbilt – To participate as a site leader for an alternative spring break program with Volunteer in Jamaica Opportunity Network (VIJON) in Treasure Beach, Jamaica.
Maris Paden, Alpha Eta/Vanderbilt – To participate in the Maymester in the Alps study abroad program in Geneva, Chamonix, Murren, and Rome.
Catherine Peterson, Beta Pi/Michigan State – To assist researchers with the development of a pediatric oncology medical registry at Prince of Songkla University in Hat Yai, Thailand.
Emily Roth, Eta Tau/Tampa – To participate in a Habitat for Humanity Women Build program in Delhi, India.

Quarter 2

Abby Cannon, Beta Eta/Pennsylvania – To participate in a Wellness Workdays Dietetic Internship in Hingham, Massachusetts and Long Island, New York.
Hayley Carabello, Eta Psi/Tufts
– To participate in a Timmy Global Health program in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
Alexandra Colina, Beta Tau/Denison – To attend the 2017 NASPA Mental Health Conference in Austin, Texas.
Madison Ellin, Delta/Illinois – To participate in a University of Illinois Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) service-learning study abroad program in Cape Town, South Africa.
Victoria Lawson, Alpha Eta/Vanderbilt
–  To participate in a Manna Project International program in Quito, Ecuador.
Sienna Mendina, Pi/Albion – To participate in a Love Volunteers program in India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal.
Abigail Parra, Beta Kappa/Drake – To participate in the Volunteer in Sri Lanka Special Needs Project in Sri Lanka.

Quarter 1

Jessica Beard, Epsilon Upsilon/Columbia To participate in the Low Cost Hernia Surgery program in Ho, Ghana.
Laura Brabham, Delta Phi/Clemson To attend the NAFSA 2016 Bi-Regional Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Callan Fleming, Delta Chi/Virginia To participate in the Georgetown University Institute for Transformational Leadership program in Washington, D.C.
Sarah Franseen, Delta/Illinois To attend the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo in Denver, Colorado.
Karina Hamamouche, Gamma/Butler To attend the International Mind, Brain, and Education Society Conference in Toronto, Canada.
Kaci McClure, Delta Kappa/Louisiana State To attend the Faces of Advocacy: 2016 National Council of Teachers of English Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.
Monique McField, Beta Mu/Nevada To participate in the Mental Health Placement program in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Devon Myers, Delta Theta/Florida To attend the United States Conference on AIDS 2016 in Hollywood, Florida.
Christina Petsas, Beta Delta/Arizona – To participate in the North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain (Auxiliares) program in Bañas, Galicia, Spain.
Delta Omicron/Alabama To host the She Can: Celebrating Tuscaloosa Women program in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


2015-16 Theta Foundation Grant Recipients

Learn more about these experiences in the 2015-16 Annual Report.

To view program photos submitted by each quarter’s grant recipients, select an album below and then click on an individual photo to browse the gallery. Enjoy!

Quarter 4

Madison Alexander, Alpha Eta/Vanderbilt – To participate in the PRO Barcelona program in Barcelona, Spain.
Lisa Auster-Gussman, Epsilon Psi/Richmond
  To participate in the CorePower 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training program in Minneapolis.
Julia Blanchette, Eta Pi/Case Western Reserve
  To present her research at the American Diabetes Association 76th Scientific Sessions program in New Orleans.
Sara Drischler, Epsilon Omega/Washington & Jefferson –
 To participate in the ASCA Donald D. Gehring Academy for Student Conduct Administration program in Indianapolis.
Sofia Espinosa, Zeta Chi/Johns Hopkins – To participate in the Baltimore City Community College Paramedicine Program in Baltimore.
Niki Kingston, Gamma/Butler – To participate in the Counsel on International Educational Exchange Teach in Spain – Language Immersion program in Madrid, Spain.
Susan Lang, Beta Rho/Duke –
 To participate in the iXperience: User Experience Design program in Cape Town, South Africa.
Julia Mee, Eta Xi/Quinnipiac –
 To participate in the University College Dublin Summer Internship in Dublin, Ireland.
Laura Richardson, Beta Tau/Denison –
 To participate in The Greater Fort Myers Leadership Program in Fort Myers, Florida.
Emily Smith, Alpha Chi/Purdue – To participate in the Practice Makes Perfect program in New York City.

Quarter 3

Katie Beard, Delta Omicron/Alabama  To attend the Child Life Council’s 34th Annual Conference on Professional Issues in Orlando, Florida.
Adrienne Clark, Alpha Eta/Vanderbilt – To participate in the Global Medical Brigades Vanderbilt University program in Nicaragua.
Claire Kelsey, Alpha Eta/Vanderbilt – To participate in the Global Medical Brigades Vanderbilt University program in Nicaragua.
Caroline Mulligan, Alpha Eta/Vanderbilt  To participate in a Vanderbilt Alternative Spring Break program in the Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park, Florida.
Kathleen Mundy, Alpha Gamma/Ohio State – To participate in the Ohio State University Global Health Practicum in Nicaragua.
Miami Alumnae Chapter  To participate in the Read to Learn Books for Free program in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Quarter 2

Emily Roth, Eta Tau/Tampa – To participate in the Habitat for Humanity Thailand Build program in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Morgan Thornberry, Eta Eta/College of Idaho –
 To participate in the WorldTeach program in Ecuador.  

Quarter 1

Katherine Anderson, Alpha/DePauw – To participate in the Retreat Day Hospital Counseling Internship in Retreat, South Africa.
Corey Bither, Eta Chi/Boston – To participate in the Gibbon Research Project in Khao Yai National Park, Thailand.
Elaine Brown, Eta Xi/Quinnipiac  To participate in the Quinnipiac University Occupational/Physical Therapy Trip to Nicaragua (O.P.T.I.O.N.) program.
Maggie McKenny Harris, Gamma/Butler – To participate in the International Leadership Association Global Conference in Barcelona, Spain.
Morgan McKusick, Beta Upsilon/British Columbia  To participate in the Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma, Resilience & Emotional Well-Being program in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Melissa Straub, Zeta Sigma/Ohio Northern – To participate in the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Annual Conference in Glasgow, Scotland.
Jennifer Poissot Taylor, Epsilon Zeta/Mississippi  To participate in the New Memphis Institute Leadership Development Intensive Program in Memphis, Tennessee.
Danielle Tinio, Zeta Chi/Johns Hopkins – To participate in the Tokyo Institute of Technology International Research Student Program in Tokyo, Japan.
Zeta Tau/Delaware  To participate in a Day of Service program in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.


All photos courtesy of grant recipients.

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