Honors & Scholars, Press Release

May 10, 2024 | By Cole Hatcher

2024 Phi Beta Kappa Inductees

Ohio Wesleyan Welcomes 30 Students into Nation's Oldest Academic Honor Society

Ohio Wesleyan this spring inducted 30 Bishops into Phi Beta Kappa – the nation's oldest academic honor society. Only 10 percent of all U.S. colleges and universities have chapters of the prestigious honor society.

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University inducted 30 new members into its Eta Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa National Academic Honor Society during a campus ceremony May 10.

The new inductees join a historic organization that counts 17 U.S. presidents, 42 Supreme Court justices, and more than 150 Nobel laureates among its members. Ohio Wesleyan's 2024 Phi Beta Kappa members include the following fall 2023 and spring 2024 graduates:

  • Lindsey Ashcraft of Coshocton, Ohio
  • Kyleigh Beck of Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania
  • Bryan Benavente of San Diego, California
  • Eva Birk-Petri of Columbus, Ohio
  • Josh Cabacungan of Medina, Ohio
  • Chandler Carr of Washington Court House, Ohio
  • Madison Cartnal of Newark, Ohio
  • Sophia Cegledy of Etna, Ohio
  • Katie Chittum of Hebron, Ohio
  • Jeremy Dao of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Katherine DiJulius of Strongsville, Ohio
  • Mayukha Dyta of Powell, Ohio
  • Gia Hailu of Viroqua, Wisconsin
  • Lily Hambric of Asheville, North Carolina
  • Zach Jasper of Hilliard, Ohio
  • Blake Johnson of Centerburg, Ohio
  • Nicole Klabus of Delaware, Ohio
  • Ava Kovach of Dublin, Ohio
  • Lauren Kunzler of Lancaster, Ohio
  • Sammy Maglott of Fredericktown, Ohio
  • Annie Marazita of Columbus, Ohio
  • Maya Moore of Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania
  • Melissa Murray of Perrysburg, Ohio
  • Anna Nacci of Wooster, Ohio
  • Zynnia Peterson of Mount Vernon, Ohio
  • Carly Sanders of Painesville, Ohio
  • Zoe Swanson of Mansfield, Ohio
  • Abby Thierauf of Milford, Ohio
  • Karli Walsh of Massillon, Ohio
  • Amelia York of Maineville, Ohio

Nationwide, only 10 percent of all U.S. colleges and universities have Phi Beta Kappa chapters, and each of these 293 chapters selects only 10 percent of their graduates annually to join through a highly selective, merit-based invitation process.

Based in Washington, D.C., Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776, and its name originated from the motto "Love of learning is the guide of life." Ohio Wesleyan's Eta Chapter was founded in 1907.

The honor society's mission is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence, and to foster freedom of thought and expression. Learn more about Phi Beta Kappa at www.pbk.org.

Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan's Honors Program at owu.edu/honors and its Phi Beta Kappa chapter at owu.edu/pbk.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation's premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and competes in 24 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through its signature experience, the OWU Connection, Ohio Wesleyan teaches students to understand issues from multiple academic perspectives, volunteer in service to others, build a diverse and global perspective, and translate classroom knowledge into real-world experience through internships, research, and other hands-on learning. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book "Colleges That Change Lives" and included on the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review "Best Colleges" lists. Connect with OWU expert interview sources at owu.edu/experts or learn more at owu.edu.