18 March 50 New Century Scholars Receive $100,000 in Scholarships Tweet March 18, 2015 Events & Awards, Press Room Events Awards, Press Room 0 Jackson, Mississippi - Fifty community college students from the United States and American Samoa have been named 2015 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 (AACC).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 1,700 students were nominated from more than 1,000 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 among one of the seven sovereign nations where Phi Theta Kappa is represented internationally. Each scholar will receive a $2,000 scholarship and be presented at the AACC Convention in San Antonio, Texas."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 remarkable 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 2015 New Century Scholars are:Alabama- Catherine Kennedy, Alabama Southern Community College- Thomasville CampusAlaska- Gayle Kildal, Prince William Sound Community College- Valdez CampusAmerican Samoa- Leli'a Chang, American Samoa Community College- Pago Pago CampusArizona- Valerie Le Grande, Mesa Community College- Southern/Dobson CampusArkansas- Myrlinda Huff, Northwest Arkansas Community College- Main CampusCalifornia- Sarah Taha, San Diego Mesa College- San Diego CampusColorado- John Whatley, Arapahoe Community College- Littleton CampusConnecticut- Keri Renner, Manchester Community College- Manchester CampusDelaware- Vernell Brown, Delaware Technical Community College- Wilmington CampusFlorida- Zeinab Noureddine, Miami Dade College- InterAmerican CampusGeorgia- Aemah Badri, Georgia Perimeter College- Clarkston CampusHawaii- Reschi Karla Ramo, Leeward Community College- Pearl City CampusIdaho- Lisa Snyder, College of Western Idaho- Nampa CampusIllinois- Ashley Williams, Illinois Valley Community College- Oglesby CampusIndiana- Jacob Hornung-Betz, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana- Sellersburg CampusIowa- Janel Orton, Southeastern Community College- West Burlington CampusKansas- Thaina Dos Santos Jensen, Highland Community College- Kansas CampusKentucky- Berniece Combs, Somerset Community College- Laurel CampusLouisiana- Stephen Martinez, Baton Rouge Community College- Baton Rouge CampusMaine- Saman Baghestani, Southern Maine Community College- South Portland CampusMaryland- Mason Buran, Montgomery College- Rockville CampusMassachusetts- Quan Nguyen, Bunker Hill Community College- Boston CampusMichigan- Kathy Tahtinen, Northwestern Michigan College- Traverse City CampusMinnesota- Audua Pugh, North Hennepin Community College- Brooklyn Park CampusMississippi- Jordan Davis, Meridian Community College- Meridian CampusMissouri- Alina Ghulam Rasool, Cottey College- Nevada CampusMontana- Tiffany Benner, Miles Community College- Miles City CampusNebraska- Ethan Nelson, Western Nebraska Community College- Scottsbluff CampusNevada- Ewelina Obrochta, College of Southern Nevada- Charleston/North Las Vegas CampusNew Hampshire- Evan Lawrence, Great Bay Community College- Stratham CampusNew Jersey- Rhonda Richardsen, Bergen Community College- Paramus CampusNew Mexico- Heather Kangas, New Mexico State University-Alamogordo- Alamogordo CampusNew York- Anastassiya Neznanova, LaGuardia Community College- Long Island City CampusNorth Carolina- Paulette Gardner, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College- Technical CampusNorth Dakota- Sara Holcomb, North Dakota State College of Science- Wahpeton CampusOhio- Hannah Kiraly, Cuyahoga Community College- Western CampusOklahoma- Macie Gillock, Redlands Community College- El Reno CampusOregon- Tuong Hoang, Portland Community College- Rock Creek CampusPennsylvania- Aaron Rosengarten, Northampton Community College- Main CampusRhode Island- Allison Contillo, Community College of Rhode Island- Liston/Providence CampusSouth Carolina- Caroline France, Greenville Technical College- Greenville CampusTennessee- Brandon Hayes, Walters State Community College- Morristown CampusTexas- Jhoalmo Sibrian, Tarrant County College- Southeast CampusUtah- David Godoy, Salt Lake Community College- Salt Lake City CampusVermont- Rachel Friedman, Landmark College- Putney CampusVirginia- Brianna DiSanza, Germanna Community College- Fredericksburg CampusWashington- David Yama, South Seattle College- South CampusWest Virginia- Sarah Stewart, West Virginia University - ParkersburgWisconsin- Ryan Boyer, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College- Green Bay CampusWyoming- Tessa Robinson, Gillette College- Gillette CampusPhi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, 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 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually. Comments are closed.