Matthew Keller, SPRING HILL 2015, accepted the 2015 International Balfour Award (IBA) at the Aug. 1, 2015, closing ceremony of Balfour Leadership Training Workshop at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He is the first brother from his chapter to receive the award.
“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.”
Keller graduated with a 3.95 GPA and a degree in pre-health science, and is a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu, Beta Beta Beta and Order of Omega honor societies. His 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 student government association also named him its member of the year for the 2012 to 2013 school year. Additionally, Keller was a student ambassador and treasurer of the American Medical Student Association. He plans to continue his education at the St. Louis University School of Medicine.
The IBA was first presented following the 1929 to 1930 school year to Paul Hagemann, WASHINGTON (ST. LOUIS) 1930. Notable winners include Huntsman Cancer Institute founder Jon M. Huntsman, PENNSYLVANIA 1959, and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Merlin Olsen, UTAH STATE 1962, both of whom are recipients of the Significant Sig Award and inductees into the Order of Constantine.