Ashland University Student and Chillicothe Resident Receives National Phi Sigma Iota Scholarship

Ashland University Student and Chillicothe Resident Receives National Phi Sigma Iota Scholarship

5/10/19 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University senior Elizabeth Grim of Chillicothe, Ohio, was awarded the Dr. Anthony S. Corbiere Scholarship in the sum of $2,500 from the Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honor Society.

“Elizabeth’s scholarship is the largest scholarship from Phi Sigma Iota that an AU student has received,” said Dr. Jennifer Rathbun, professor of Spanish at Ashland University. “As this is a national scholarship, Elizabeth's receipt of the scholarship is indeed an honor and it truly is a testament to the vigor of the Spanish program at AU as well.”

Phi Sigma Iota is a Foreign Language Honor Society with more than 250 chapters nationally and chapters in Mexico and France. The Gamma Tau Chapter of Phi Sigma Iota was installed on April 30, 1997, at Ashland University. To date, Ashland University has initiated 196 student members, eight faculty members and one honorary member. Only active members may apply, and each institution’s chapter may submit one application per year.

Grim is only the second student from Ashland University to receive a scholarship from the Honors Society. Delaney Jones, a 2017 graduate with a bachelor of arts in Spanish, previously received scholarships in 2016 and 2017.

Grim, who is a Spanish education major at Ashland University, is a 2016 graduate of Southeastern High School. She serves as president for the Gamma Tau Chapter of the Phi Sigma Iota Honor Society at AU as well as president of the Spanish Club at AU. As such, she calls weekly meetings and personally arranges enriching cultural activities that have at times included guest speakers, outings and community service.

Grim spearheaded the planning and execution of the Pulsera Project at Ashland University. This endeavor not only raised more than $800 to be sent to the nonprofit organization supporting Central Americans, it educated her classmates, the Department of Foreign Languages and the greater Ashland University community about the culture of those countries.

According to Rathbun, Grim’s passion for her studies inspires everyone around her as she encourages her classmates to excel, to study abroad and to further their own educational goals.

“Undoubtedly she will be an amazing future Spanish teacher. Part of her passion has to arise from her numerous study abroad trips,” Rathbun said. “For example, Elizabeth studied abroad in Costa Rica in summer 2018 for eight weeks and she is currently planning a second study abroad in Alicante, Spain in summer 2019 for another eight weeks. Additionally, Elizabeth has studied abroad in Israel and has participated in numerous mission trips to Nicaragua. Elizabeth has shared with me that this Phi Sigma Iota scholarship will help her fund her travels to Spain.”

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University ( deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###