The Investment That Made a Difference

By all accounts, Lindsay Moore is accomplished.

She graduated magna cum laude from Williams College in Massachusetts with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a neuroscience emphasis.

She earned a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University.

She holds an MPhil in psychology and neuroscience from Cambridge University in England.

She’s a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

All of this was made possible through the prestigious scholarships Moore received as a Phi Theta Kappa member.

“Phi Theta Kappa’s scholarships directly benefit students who are intelligent, capable and motivated — and by virtue of circumstance, they are also far too often some of the most in need of financial support,” she said. “I know from personal experience that this financial support can mean the difference between timely college completion and not.”

Moore attended Carlmont High School in California, made famous in the 1995 film Dangerous Minds. When she began as a freshman, the glow from the movie’s story had faded. Her focus shifted from her education to keeping a low profile. A teacher actually advised her to drop out of school.

“My academic confidence was shattered,” she said. “I was haunted by the thought that no college would accept a student like me, no matter my circumstances.”

Instead of quitting, Moore began a concurrent enrollment program that allowed her to take her high school coursework at her local community college. After earning her diploma, she began classes at Cañada College in California.

She joined Phi Theta Kappa, served as her chapter’s co-president and later served as an International Officer.

Moore went on to apply for and receive a Guistwhite Scholarship of $5,000 from Phi Theta Kappa.

This scholarship program, which is accepting applications now, directly contributed to where Moore is today: working in the Colorado governor’s office as a Performance System Analyst.

“Phi Theta Kappa provided fantastic opportunities for me to grow as a leader, a scholar and a public servant, all of which laid the foundation for future success and continue to impact my life today,” she said.

You can read Lindsay Moore’s full story in the 2016 issue of Visionary magazine. Learn more about how you can support members like Lindsay through the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation.