March 10, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU men’s tennis player Cameron Nash will be among 41 graduating seniors to be inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society for the 2011 spring semester. Only 10 percent of campuses in the U.S. have been granted local chapters. TCU was authorized to found the fourth Texas chapter in 1971 and inductees are recognized each April at the Honors Convocation.
A student who has completed 75 hours of course work and has a grade-point average of 3.85 (on a 4.0 scale) or better is eligible for Phi Beta Kappa membership. Also eligible is any student who has competed 105 hours of course work and has a 3.75 grade-point average. Less than one percent of all college students qualify to be members.
“Cameron is an excellent example of what it takes to be a complete student-athlete,” TCU head coach David Roditi said. “He excels in the classroom and knows how to get the job done on the court. Cameron is a great representation of our tennis team. We take a lot of pride in having the highest grade point average of any male team on campus. I am very proud of Cameron.”
Nash, a senior from Rockwall, Texas, has earned academic recognition from the Mountain West Conference in recent years, collecting MWC Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-MWC accolades after the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He started the 2011 season with three-straight singles wins and has been a consistent contributor in doubles action all year long. He is working toward completing an English degree from the AddRan College of Liberal Arts at TCU.
“It is a very rewarding honor for me, because this wasn’t something that I had to apply for - it is by invitation only,” Nash said. “After all of the hard work that I have put in here at TCU, it makes this recognition even more meaningful to know that I did it while playing tennis. The fact that I could play and do well academically has been great for me and a lot of fun.”
Founded by five students at the College of William and Mary in 1776, the same year that Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest honorary society in the United States. Past and present Phi Beta Kappa members from across the country have included six American presidents, 12 U.S. Supreme Court justices and numerous artistic, intellectual and political leaders.