Phi Theta Kappa Presents 2016 Guistwhite Scholars with $75,000 in Scholarships

Jackson, Mississippi- Fifteen Phi Theta Kappa members have been selected as 2016 Guistwhite Scholarship recipients and were honored on stage during Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention in National Harbor, Maryland, April 7-9. Each year $75,000 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 accomplishments and engagement in Phi Theta Kappa programs. The 15 recipients for 2016 were selected by a panel of independent judges from more than 1,800 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. 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 President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “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 2016 Guistwhite Scholars are:

Tiffany Avalos-Lopez, Lonestar College- Tomball Campus, Texas
Amie Bernstein, Suffolk County Community College- Ammerman Campus, New York
Aaron Dean, Quinsigamond Community College- Worcester Campus, Massachusetts
Yanik Etan, College of Central Florida- Ocala Campus, Florida
Kaeshier Fernandez, Calhoun Community College- Huntsville Campus, Alabama
Elisandra Fini, Suffolk County Community College- Michael J. Grant Campus, New York
Patrick Fritz, Piedmont Virginia Community College- Charlottesville Campus, Virginia
Angelica Fuentes, Northeast Texas Community College- Mt. Pleasant Campus, Texas
Maria Gonzalez-Trevino, Lonestar College- Tomball, Texas
Walter Harris, Hinds Community College- Utica Campus, Mississippi
Justin Jones, Georgia Highlands College- Douglasville Campus, Georgia
Natalie Seales, Jones County Junior College- Ellis Campus, Mississippi
Alexis Slade, Des Moines Area Community College- Hunziker Center, Iowa
Leigh Swistock, Carroll Community College- Westminster Campus, Maryland
Elizabeth Taylor, Grayson College- Denison Campus, Texas

Phi Theta Kappa is the oldest, largest and most prestigious honor society recognizing students pursuing two-year degrees. Phi Theta Kappa is made up of more than 3 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.

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