20 Phi Theta Kappa Members Named 2012 Guistwhite Scholars

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Jackson, MS - Twenty Phi Theta Kappa members have been selected as 2012 Guistwhite Scholarship recipients and will be recognized and invited to a special reception during Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention in Nashville April 12-14. Each year $100,000 in scholarship funds are awarded, with each Guistwhite Scholar receiving a $5,000 scholarship for baccalaureate studies and a commemorative medallion.

Guistwhite Scholars are chosen based on academic achievement, leadership accomplishment, and engagement in Phi Theta Kappa programs. The 20 recipients for 2012 were selected by a panel of independent judges from more than 2,240 applicants to receive this scholarship, the second highest offered by Phi Theta Kappa.

The Guistwhite Scholar Program is named in honor of the late Dr. Jack Guistwhite and his widow, Margaret Guistwhite. Dr. Guistwhite established the first designated transfer scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa members at Florida Atlantic University in 1975. The Guistwhite Scholarships were established by Phi Theta Kappa in 1992.

“Dr. Jack Guistwhite planted a seed in 1975 that resulted in more than 750 colleges and universities designating transfer scholarships for thousands of Phi Theta Kappa members,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s Executive Director Dr. Rod A. Risley. “It is fitting that we continue to honor our students who excel in scholarship and leadership in Phi Theta Kappa as Guistwhite Scholars in memory of Jack and in honor of his wife Margaret. Through their generosity and those who support scholarships through the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation, these students will receive funds to help them complete their degrees.”

The 2012 Guistwhite Scholars are:

Carla Alvarez-Valverde, Essex County College, New Jersey

Billy Ammons, Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, Alabama

Garrett Bosse, Calhoun Community College, Alabama

Austin Christopher, Carl Albert State College, Oklahoma

David Corgan, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Minnesota

Cathleen Goodell, Coconino Community College, Arizona

Isaac Griffin, Northeast Texas Community College, Texas

Duy Le, Santa Ana College, California

Michelle Longley, Northern Maine Community College, Maine

Thuy Vy Luu, Kapiolani Community College, Hawaii

Valerie Machovec, Arapahoe Community College, Colorado

Kelly Miller, Coconino Community College, Arizona

Alyssa Munns, Chipola College, Florida

Joseph O’Neill, Broward College, Florida

Faith Proper, Palm Beach State College, Florida

Maral Sakayan, College of the Canyons, California

Byron Simmons, Atlanta Metropolitan College, Georgia

Esteban Smith, H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, British Virgin Islands

Mark Valentine, Middlesex Community College, Massachusetts

Jordy White, Jones County Junior College, Mississippi

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,280 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.