Senior Joe Karpiak has received a $1,200 Delta Epsilon Sigma Fellowship for 2013-14 that will be applied to his graduate school fees. Karpiak is one of nine students nationwide to receive this year's fellowship and the first in SJC history.
A Biology-Chemistry major from Lemont, Ill., the Presidential Scholar was a resident assistant for two years and has acted in several plays and musicals as a member of SJC's Columbian Players. He has been a member of the student senate for four years and served as the executive vice president for the student body his sophomore and junior year.
"It is such an honor to receive this scholarship from DES," said Karpiak. "Looking at the list of the other winners, they all come from large universities, and it is a great feeling to know that I was able to put SJC on that list. Also, the scholarship will be able to help me financially when it comes to graduate school."
"I was very happy to see that Joe received this fellowship award," said SJC Professor of Religion and Delta Epsilon Sigma Chapter head Fr. Tim McFarland, C.PP.S. '78. "It is certainly a testament to his hard work and involvement on campus throughout his time here. This was quite an honor for both Joe and the College as he was one of nine students to receive this fellowship award."
Karpiak will attend Southern Illinois University's School of Dental Medicine, after which he plans to start his own general dentistry practice in the Chicagoland area.
Delta Epsilon Sigma is a national scholastic honor society for students, faculty, and alumni of colleges and universities with a Catholic tradition. It was founded in 1939 to recognize academic accomplishments, to foster scholarly activities, and to encourage a sense of intellectual community among its members. National recognition is accorded through the college or university chapter. More than 100 colleges and universities have received charters to establish chapters of Delta Epsilon Sigma.
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