Posted on May 10th in News

$5,000 Awarded to GEICO Pathway to Completion Master’s Degree Scholars

Two Phi Theta Kappa members have each received $2,500 scholarships from Phi Theta Kappa and GEICO.

The 2018 GEICO Pathway to Completion Master’s Degree Scholars are:

  • Bree Eccles, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine at Virginia Tech, Virginia
  • Hiep (Patrick) Ma, University of California-Davis, California

This scholarship — currently the only one supporting Society members’ pursuit of a graduate degree — is presented by GEICO and Phi Theta Kappa to students who have held a significant leadership position on campus or in their community, with preference given to Phi Theta Kappa members who served as chapter, regional, or international officers.

Applicants must be Phi Theta Kappa members who left their chapters in good standing and have completed a bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited senior institution with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. They must be currently enrolled full time in a master’s degree program at a regionally accredited university with the intention of continuing full-time enrollment through Spring 2018.

“We have partnered with Phi Theta Kappa for many years and our relationship continues to strengthen and evolve,” said Deedre Daniel, GEICO’s Director of Partnership, Affinity and Membership Discounts. “Education and professional development are emphasized at GEICO and supporting a master’s degree scholarship meshes perfectly with our focus.”

GEICO is a sponsor of Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention and has given nearly $3 million to support scholarships and programs for Phi Theta Kappa members. GEICO also provides scholarships for the completion of associate and bachelor’s degrees and for the professional development of chapter advisors.


GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 14 million private passenger customers, insuring more than 23 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

Using GEICO’s online service center, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.

GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), boats, travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.

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