Matthew Keller, a 2015 Spring Hill College graduate, accepted the 2015 International Balfour Award at the closing ceremony of Sigma Chi Fraternity’s Balfour Leadership Training Workshop, held recently at Bowling Green State University.
Sigma Chi Fraternity has awarded the International Balfour Award annually since the 1929-1930 academic year. The committee that oversees the award selects the individual who they believe to be the fraternity's most outstanding graduating senior, based on his achievements in scholastics, campus and community involvement, and Sigma Chi involvement.
"I just want to say thank you to the selection committee for this incredible honor. It’s truly unbelievable that I’m standing up here today," said Keller in his acceptance speech. "By being here today, you’ve already taken the first step toward improving yourself. I challenge you to continue to take the next step, and the next, and to never stop."
A native of Brentwood, Tenn., Keller was accepted to Spring Hill College’s Saint Louis University Pre-Medical Scholars Program during his senior year of high school at Brentwood Academy. He was required to maintain a GPA greater than 3.5 in his math and science courses at Spring Hill College, demonstrate caring for others with service, and complete SHC’s Pre-Medical Internship Program. He participated in the internship program three times, giving him the opportunity to shadow numerous physicians in a variety of specialties ranging from vascular surgery to gastroenterology. This fall Keller is continuing his education at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
Keller graduated with a 3.95 GPA and a degree in biology/pre-health science, and is a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu, Beta Beta Beta and Order of Omega honor societies. His Sigma Chi chapter brothers elected him as pro consul, ritual chairman and annotator; and he was a member of Spring Hill's Student Government Association, serving as its secretary of student life and later as its vice president. The SGA also named him its Member of the Year for the 2012-2013 school year. Additionally, Keller was a Springhillian student ambassador and treasurer of the American Medical Student Association.
At Spring Hill College’s 2015 commencement exercises, Keller received the Ignatian Award, the highest student award bestowed by the College. The award recognizes one male and one female graduating senior who fulfill the ideals of Jesuit education for scholarship, leadership and service.