Success Stories

Senior a Phi Kappa Phi Fellow

Elizabeth Fetzer

Elizabeth Fetzer has a heart for helping others. The senior at Grand Valley State University, studying biomedical sciences and biology, has her plate full with a full load of classes, work, and volunteering. 

“I've always been interested in science and I think I have chosen the perfect major because it encompasses everything,” said Fetzer, a Belding native. “Grand Valley always felt right and I knew that I was going to succeed here.”

Fetzer remains busy both with her studies and with the Pre-Med Club, Honors College, and Phi Kappa Phi activities. Off-campus Fetzer volunteers her time as a youth soccer and basketball coach, tutor and camp counselor. Fetzer also works at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, a job that has helped her through undergrad. 

With many experiences under her belt, including a summer trip to Beijing, Fetzer is ready to attend Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine. With four years of graduate school ahead, Fetzer applied for many scholarships to help make the financial load a little easier. She had already received the Dr. Tim Strickler Pre-Medical Scholarship, but Fetzer felt that it wouldn't hurt to apply for a few more.

Fetzer applied to the GVSU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi to receive a grant for $5,000 from the national chapter to further her schooling. Fetzer said that she would use the fellowship money to help pay for graduate school. She was one of 57 students to be chosen for the fellowship.


“Receiving the fellowship definitely boosted my confidence in my writing abilities,” said Fetzer. “This reaffirms that I am doing the right thing and it will keep me striving for success in the future.”

by Heather DeWitt

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