- Churchill Scholar (2013)
- Goldwater Scholarship (2011)
Kent Griffith is one of only 14 U.S. students to receive a Churchill Scholarship, and one of only five IU students to have ever been awarded this prestigious honor. The scholarship finances one year of graduate study in mathematics, engineering and the sciences, for students of exceptional ability and outstanding achievement, at the University of Cambridge. Griffith will study physical and analytical chemistry with Clare P. Grey, a professor at Cambridge.
Griffith was also named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar in 2011. An IU Herbert Presidential Scholar, Founders Scholar and Excellence Scholar, he has received numerous departmental awards in chemistry and geological sciences. He has served as an officer with the Hutton Honors College Association and the Geology Club, taken part in a construction service trip to New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and the Indianapolis Children's Museum.
He is a graduate of Blue River Valley High School in Mooreland, Indiana, and will graduate from Indiana University in May, 2013, with a bachelor of science in chemistry. After completing the one-year program, he plans to either stay at Cambridge or return to the U.S. to continue work toward a doctorate in chemistry. He intends eventually to conduct research and teach at the university level.