Hoskins selected as 2016 Phi Kappa Phi Martin Award Recipient

Hoskins and family

The Henry Martin Scholarship, a $500 cash award, was presented to Mr. Tony L. Hoskins at the Eastern Kentucky University Scholars Day Assembly on Friday, April 15, 2016. Hoskins, a senior non-traditional student from Richmond, Ky., majoring in Aerospace Technology and Aviation Professional Flight, was also inducted into the Society at a formal ceremony later that afternoon.

Named for its creator, EKU's Phi Kappa Phi founding president Dr. Henry G. Martin, the award recognizes academic achievements of non‐traditional students who have demonstrated the love for learning as a lifelong endeavor. Invitation into Phi Kappa Phi is the highest academic honor to which EKU students may aspire.

Tony Hoskins is a retired Master Sergeant from the United States Air Force in which he served from July 1992 to August 2012. He has an Associate Degree in Avionics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Tony joined EKU in 2012 to double major in Aerospace Technology and Aviation Professional Flight where he has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.93 and will graduate Summa Cum Laude.

During his tenure at EKU he has been actively involved in the EKU VETS club and the Alpha Eta Pho International Aviation Fraternity. He has worked in the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs as a VA work study student and has helped with several philanthropy initiatives including the Colonel’s Cupboard Food Drive, Johnson County Disaster Relief, and Thomas‐Hood Angel Tree Gift program.

Tony is a native of Frankfort, Indiana has been married to Regina Hoskins since 1995. They have four children: Robert, Nathaniel, Gabriel, and Neomi.


Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The Society has chapters on over 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. 

Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least seventy-two semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Since its founding, more than 1 million members have been initiated. Some of the organization’s more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA Astronaut Wendy Lawrence, Baylor University head women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson, writer John Grisham and Netscape founder James Barksdale. The Society has awarded approximately $11.5 million in fellowships and scholarships since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, more than $800,000 is awarded annually to qualifying members and non-members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad scholarships, member and chapter awards and grants for local and national literacy initiatives. The Society’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”

For more information on the EKU Phi Kappa Phi chapter, contact Dr. Russell Carpenter at Russell.carpenter@eku.edu.

Published on April 14, 2016

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