Two University of Montevallo students receive Order of Omega scholarships

Published 4:20 pm Friday, February 28, 2014

By GINNY COOPER / Staff writer

MONTEVALLO—Two University of Montevallo students have received scholarships from Order of Omega, a national leadership society for members of campus sororities and fraternities.

Katie Edge, a member of the Kappa Chi chapter of the Phi Mu fraternity, was awarded one of the scholarships. Edge is a senior pursuing a degree in speech-language pathology, and plans to attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in speech-language pathology after graduation.

After writing a research paper and shadowing a speech-language pathologist in high school, Edge knew it would be her future career, she said.

“It’s a very hands-on career where you’re genuinely helping people,” Edge said. “I think being an SLP also keeps you from ever feeling bored with a mundane routine, which is appealing as well!”

Edge is very involved at the University of Montevallo: A student in the Honors Program, she also volunteers through a number of projects including the Orr Park Clean-UP event, Habitat for Humanity, the Montevallo Big Event and Montevallo Matters Community Service Day.

Edge first found out through text message that she received the award.

“I started receiving ‘Congratulations on the scholarship’ texts from my family before I even knew about it. The letter announcing that I received a scholarship was sent to my house, so there was a slight delay in communication before I realized that I had actually gotten one of the scholarships,” she said.

Taylor Fritts, a member of Chi Omega fraternity, also received a scholarship. Fritts, a junior at the University of Montevallo, is pursuing a degree in psychology and social work. After graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in social work.

Fritts serves as the senator to the Student Government Association for the College of Arts and Sciences and also serves as a Montevallo Master, an official ambassador for the university.

Order of Omega, founded in 1959, recognizes juniors and seniors who have exemplified high standards in the areas of scholarship and leadership. Students must also be involved in their respective organizations and in the Greek, campus and local community. Members are selected from the top 3 percent of students at each institution