Coming Fall 2019: Key into Public Service Scholars

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Phi Beta Kappa's Key into Public Service panel and reception on Capitol Hill. In conjunction with the event, Secretary Frederick M. Lawrence announced that Phi Beta Kappa will launch Key into Public Service Scholars, a pilot program awarding $5,000 scholarships to a cohort of 15-20 rising sophomore, junior, and senior liberal arts and sciences majors with an interest in pursuing public sector work.

The Society will invite applications for the Service Scholars program in late fall of 2019, with awards announced the following spring. As part of the award, we plan to host a convening for recipients in Summer 2020 that will provide face-to-face training and mentoring opportunities on pathways from liberal arts and sciences education into active citizenship and public service.

Featured Panelists

Ellen Stofan


Dr. Ellen Stofan is the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum and former chief scientist at NASA. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from William & Mary with a degree in Geology and a minor in Art History.

Joseph Hack


Joe Hack is the Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Deb Fischer. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University with a degree in Government.



Kayla WIlliams is the Legislative Director for U.S. Representative Brian Higgins. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a degree in Psychology and African-American Studies.



Rick Kempinski leads the Partnership for Public Service's internship and fellowship strategy, helping students identify pathways to careers in public service.

Event Information

On June 25, 2019, from 5:30-7:30pm, the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Partnership for Public Service hosted an event for current students, interns, and young professionals looking to pursue careers in public service. 

Key into Public Service took place at the U.S. Capitol in the Gold Room of the Rayburn Office building

Atendees joined us for a reception and panel discussion on the pathways into public service for liberal arts and sciences students in general and Phi Beta Kappa members in particular.

After the panel, the Society hosted a reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres where attendees made professional connections and learned more about the work Phi Beta Kappa is doing to help graduates navigate their careers.

*This event was open to the public and was a widely attended event in accordance with ethics rules*


Juleyka Lantigua-Williams


Juleyka Lantigua-Williams is the founder and CEO of a digital media studio, Lantigua Williams & Co., that produces the MacArthur Foundation-funded 70 Million podcast and Phi Beta Kappa's own Key Conversations podcast. She is also a former staff writer at The Atlantic and the former lead editor on NPR's Code Switch podcast, and writes a regular column on Medium, Watch Me Work.




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