UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Grant Kovich, a senior majoring in kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Development, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Eric A. Walker Award.
The award is presented annually to the student who has contributed most to enhancing the reputation of the University through extracurricular activities. Walker was president of Penn State from 1956 to 1970.
From Hummelstown, Pa., Kovich “is an outstanding member of the fraternity community at Penn State,” a nominator said. He has served as distribution management captain for inventory at Penn State Homecoming and Greek recruitment and overall chairperson and entertainment captain for Relay for Life Penn State. He is chapter president for Beta Theta Pi and was the fraternity’s overall THON chair in 2012. He has received Beta Theta Pi’s Michael Clarkson Ryan Memorial Scholarship, the Living the Ritual Award from the Penn State Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and a Men of Principle scholarship grant from Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi.
After graduation, Kovich plans to enroll in a physician scientist training (MD/PhD) program. He assists in the plastic and reconstructive surgery laboratory of David Teplica at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and has served a clinical exercise physiology and cardiology internship at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore.