9 September Members to be Published in Nota Bene, Receive $2,500 in Scholarships Tweet September 9, 2015 Events & Awards, Press Room Scholarships, Nota Bene 0 Literary works from 28 Phi Theta Kappa members have been chosen from approximately 750 entries for publication in the 2015 edition of Nota Bene, the Society's honors anthology. Authors of the four most outstanding entries received $2,500 in scholarships. Caitlin Vander Meulen from Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan received the Nell Ewing Citation Award of $1,000 for best entry in Phi Theta Kappa’s annual Nota Bene literary competition for her short story, “Liars & Thieves.” She is working toward a degree in English and hopes to earn a master’s degree in creative writing. “I wasn’t able to attend college right after high school, so deciding to go back to school after being married has been difficult financially,” she said. “The Nota Bene scholarship will help me make the last stretch for my associate degree, and then I can transfer to a four-year school. I have always loved writing, and having the opportunity to work on my craft while getting an education has been an immense blessing.” Three members also received Reynolds Scholarships of $500 each for submitting works deemed outstanding. They are Sheri Lopez from the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos in New Mexico, Eugene Ahn from the Community College of Aurora in Colorado and Justin Wood from Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Michigan. Nota Bene was founded in 1994 to showcase exceptional writing among community college students. Copies of Nota Bene are distributed to all community college libraries and to Phi Theta Kappa leaders. Since the establishment of the journal and the scholarship program, $63,000 in scholarships have been presented to Phi Theta Kappa members, and more than 300 students have had their work published. Entries for the 2016 Nota Bene competition are due April 1, 2016. Winners of the 2015 Nota Bene scholarships are Ewing Citation Scholarship of $1,000, for the Best Overall Entry: “Liars & Thieves” – Short Story Caitlin Vander Meulen Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan Reynolds Awards of $500 each: “Mi Santa Abuelita” – Poem Sheri Lopez University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, New Mexico “Celestial Frontiers” – Research Paper Eugene Ahn Community College of Aurora, Colorado “The Power of Steam” – Essay Justin Wood Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Michigan The following students had their work selected for publication: Research Papers “Socio-economic Inequality and its Effects on Opportunities for Higher Education in the United States” Cody Tharaldsen Wake Technical Community College, North Carolina “Marketing for a Healthier Society” Tessa Enns Normandale Community College, Minnesota “A Broken System” Elijah Evans Southwest Texas Junior College, Texas “Lessons from The Lorax” Christopher Miller Fayetteville Technical College, North Carolina “Does Correlation Imply Causation?” Jason Glynn Southern Maine Community College, Maine Short Stories “The Life of Poe Gabriel” Andrea Gabriel Skyline College, California “A Meal for the Weary” Joshua Plack Wor-Wic Community College, Maryland “Eternity Spot” Ariel Messerer Ozarks Technical Community College, Missouri “Thieves” Brandon Johnson John Tyler Community College, Virginia “How to Thank Your Hero” Kelly Botoulas Horry Georgetown Technical College, South Carolina Essays “Natural Observations” Ashlea Kennedy Eastern Gateway Community College, Ohio “I, in the Hall of My Ancestors” Teresa Lane Walters State Community College, Tennessee Poetry “Genesis of the Perfect Poem” Joseph Measel Austin Community College, Texas “The Gas Chambers” Olivia Pagan Rowan College at Gloucester County, New Jersey “Eliot Said April is the Cruelest Month…” Rhiannon Martin Butler County Community College, Pennsylvania “Burst of Brilliance” Nick Allen Howard Community College, Maryland “Nights Like These” Nick Allen Howard Community College, Maryland “Behind the Beguiling Eyes of a Broken Wife” Lauren Passmore Bevill State Community College, Alabama “Sounds of Silence” Christine Grant Manchester Community College, Connecticut “Snow Waves” Christine Grant Manchester Community College, Connecticut “Playing Beethoven heartbroken” Nancy Mantick Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana “Farm Boy” Nancy Mantick Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana “To Tell About It” Sarah Myers St. Charles Community College, Missouri “That Place” Elizabeth Enos Montcalm Community College, Michigan “Are You Still There?” Elizabeth Enos Montcalm Community College, Michigan “My Grandma’s Teeth” Justin Jones Georgia Highlands College, Georgia “Memory” Corey Hankinson Corning Community College, New York “Resuscitation” Rachael O’Neill SAIT Polytechnic, Alberta, Canada “Sarasvati” Teresa Lane Walters State Community College, Tennessee Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territorial possessions and eight sovereign nations. 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