50 New Century Scholars Receive $100,000 in Scholarships

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Jackson, MS – Fifty community college students from the United States, Canada, and the Federated States of Micronesia have been named 2013 New Century Scholars – receiving a total of $100,000 in scholarships. The New Century Scholars Program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Association of Community Colleges.

The New Century Scholars program and All-USA Community College Academic Team, which is sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group and presented by USA TODAY and Phi Theta Kappa, share a common application and together recognize outstanding community college students. More than 1,800 students were nominated from more than 800 community colleges for recognition. Judges consider grades, leadership, activities and, most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

New Century Scholars are the highest scoring students in each state, plus one student from Canada and one additional student chosen from among one of the remaining seven sovereign nations where Phi Theta Kappa is represented internationally. Each scholar will receive a $2,000 scholarship and plaque and be presented at the American Association of College Presidents (AACC) Convention in San Francisco.

“We appreciate the support of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and The Coca-Cola Foundation to recognize the outstanding academic achievement and leadership accomplishments of these outstanding community college students,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s Executive Director and CEO Dr. Rod Risley. “These scholarships provided by organizations like Coca-Cola make the goal of college completion possible – especially during these challenging economic times.”

The 2013 New Century Scholars are:

Alabama - Karen Conn, Calhoun Community College, Decatur Campus

Alaska - Diana Hawkins, Prince William Sound Community College, Valdez Campus

Arizona - Beau Grothendick, Glendale Community College

Arkansas - Rose Eckersley, Pulaski Technical College           

California - Kris Adhikari, Las Positas College           

Colorado - Nadeen Ibrahim, Morgan Community College      

Connecticut - Patricia Albers, Manchester Community College          

Delaware - Alexa Bennett, Delaware Technical Community College, Stanton/Wilmington Campus

Florida - Ashley Young, Hillsborough Community College, Brandon Campus

Georgia - Claire Dyal, Darton College 

Hawaii - Chantal Keliihoomalu, Honolulu Community College          

Idaho- Michelle Bristow, North Idaho College

Illinois - Catherine Alice Beauboeuf, Harold Washington College      

Indiana - Jason Stover, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Marion Campus

Iowa - Sonya Dunn, Des Moines Area Community College, Carroll Campus

Kansas - Erica Gianakon, Hutchinson Community College

Kentucky – Ebony Nava, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Cooper Campus

Louisiana - Christine Sim, Delgado Community College, City Park Campus

Maine - Christine Phillips, Washington County Community College  

Maryland - Katherine Dunklee, Howard Community College 

Massachusetts - Ratnasari Lusiaga, Bunker Hill Community College, Charlestown Campus

Michigan - Jessica Abfalter, Northwestern Michigan College

Minnesota – Phoua Kong, Saint Paul College 

Mississippi - John Marshall, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jackson County Campus

Missouri - Antonio Parker, St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley Campus

Montana  - Tanner Morrison, Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell Campus

Nebraska – Tiffany Brasby, North Platte Community College

Nevada - Juan Zavala-Saucedo, College of Southern Nevada

New Jersey - Anderson Monken, Mercer County Community College           

New Mexico – Wendi Cole, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute          

New York - Anthony Mangual, Suffolk County Community College, Michael J. Grant Campus

North Carolina - Riyam Al Ghrary, Central Piedmont Community College, Central Campus

North Dakota - Seth Serhienko, Dakota College at Bottineau 

Ohio - Angelina Nance, Clark State Community College, Leffel Lane/Springfield Campus

Oklahoma - Stephanie Anderson, Connors State College, Muskogee Campus

Oregon - Tracy Weimer, Lane Community College, Main Campus

Pennsylvania - Jonathan Webster, Bucks County Community College, Newtown Campus

Rhode Island - Daniel Clarkin, Community College of Rhode Island, Knight Campus

South Carolina - Katerina Barrie, Trident Technical College, Palmer Campus

Tennessee - Miranda Davis, Dyersburg State Community College, Jimmy Naifeh Center

Texas - Jared Nelson, Lone Star College, Tomball Campus    

Utah – Maria Garcia, Salt Lake Community College, Taylorsville Redwood Campus

Vermont - Rebecca Fisher, Landmark College

Virginia - Anastasiya Hvaleva, Piedmont Virginia Community College          

Washington - Heike Rodriguez, North Seattle Community College     

West Virginia - Judy Jeffares, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, Martinsburg Campus

Wisconsin - Sacha Turner, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay Campus

Wyoming - Trapper Rieniets, Sheridan College, Main Campus

Canada - Noelle Nestman, Medicine Hat College       

Federated State of Micronesia – Cheryll Ligohr, College of Micronesia, National Campus

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,285 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.