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Ohio Region Establishes Completion Scholarship

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The Ohio Region has established a Commit to Complete Scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa members to assist in the completion of an associate degree.

Dave Sigmund

The scholarship is the culmination of five years of work by the Ohio Region with Ohio State Representatives to commission an Ohio specialty license plate dedicated to Phi Theta Kappa. The state began issuing the license plates three years ago, and the region accumulated monies garnered from the sale of the plate.

Cindy Carbone

“From the beginning, it was decided that the funds were to be earmarked for scholarships dedicated to our members,” said Dave Sigmund, alumnus and advisor to the Beta Gamma Epsilon Chapter at Stark State College in Ohio.

The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded at the Ohio Region Awards Convention in March 2014, Sigmund said.

“We are delighted to be able to offer this important scholarship to members in our region,” Ohio Regional Coordinator Cindy Carbone said. “Being able to support both the Oberndorf and C4 initiatives in Ohio to help students complete college and attain a degree or certificate is something we are obviously very passionate about, and we are committing our fundraising efforts from our License Plate project to fund this scholarship.

“We understand situations can and do arise that can make completion more difficult, and this Commit to Complete Scholarship is just one way we can help our members achieve their goals and continue their education.

“The License Plate funding is a perfect match for this type of scholarship. It was developed back in 2010 and started generating funds in 2011, and we are now in a financial position where the region’s hard work and dedication have come to fruition.”

Applicants must be Phi Theta Kappa members in good standing in an Ohio Region chapter and currently enrolled in a community college or two-year college program. The applicant must not hold a previous associate or bachelor’s degree from any two- or four-year college.

Only students who have 15 semester hours or less remaining to complete their first associate degree or certificate of college-level coursework are eligible to apply, and the student is required to enroll at a community college for the next fall term in a minimum of six semester hours. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required.

The Commit to Complete Scholarship mirrors Phi Theta Kappa’s Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship, which gives aid to students facing unanticipated financial hardships that may prevent the completion of a degree or certificate.

The application will be available in January 2014. To learn more about the scholarship and to apply, visit ohioptk.org. The application deadline is February 21, 2014.