John Michael O’Neal, a psychology graduate student at Angelo State University, has been awarded a $500 Love of Learning Award by the Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) national honor society to help fund his continued graduate education.
A native of Sweetwater, O’Neal is one of only 160 award recipients nationally for 2014. Award winners are listed on the PKP website and will be featured in a future issue of Forum, the official PKP magazine. PKP selects 160 awardees each year, and the competition is open to all active PKP members who have completed their baccalaureate studies and have not previously received a PKP award.

O’Neal graduated from ASU in the fall of 2012 with his Bachelor of Arts in psychology and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in counseling psychology through the ASU College of Graduate Studies. A regular on the ASU Dean’s List, he was inducted into PKP earlier this year.

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society encompassing all academic disciplines. Invitations to join PKP are extended to juniors in the top 7.5 percent of their class and to seniors and graduate students in the top 10 percent of their class.  ASU received its charter for a local PKP chapter in the spring of 2013 and has since inducted 171 students in two classes.

Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction may also qualify for PKP. ASU has inducted eight administrators, 18 faculty and staff, and 34 alumni.

More details on PKP and the Love of Learning Awards are available on the PKP website at