8 July Phi Theta Kappa Awards Hites Scholars $75,000 in Scholarships Tweet July 8, 2016 Press Room Scholarships, foundation 0 Jackson, Mississippi - Ten two-year college students have been named recipients of the 2016 Phi Theta Kappa Hites Transfer Scholarship, receiving a total of $75,000 to assist in the attainment of baccalaureate degrees. The Hites Transfer Scholarship Program, made possible by support from the Hites Family Community College Scholarship Foundation and the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation, supports the outstanding academic achievement of Phi Theta Kappa members. Scholarships of $7,500 each have been awarded to the ten 2016 Hites Scholars. Students enrolled in associate degree programs and preparing to transfer to a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree-granting senior institution in the fall of 2016 were eligible to apply. Judges reviewed and scored applications for academic rigor, leadership and engagement. The 2016 Hites Transfer Scholars were selected from more than 2,200 applicants worldwide. The 2016 Hites Transfer Scholarship recipients are: William Anderson Feather River College California Jessica Artinger Orange Coast College California Susan Barger Mesa Community College Arizona Rachel Heinicke Suffolk County Community College New York Janai Heise Hagerstown Community College Maryland Saran Kaba Tarrant County College Texas Maha Naveed Tarrant County College Texas George Pandya Arapahoe Community College Colorado Lacey Brooke Parham Owensboro Community & Technical College Kentucky Tamara Russell Mt. San Jacinto College California The Hites Family Community College Scholarship Foundation challenged the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation to raise funds that would be matched almost 2-1 by the Hites Family Foundation to create a $1 million scholarship endowment. The Hites Family Community College Scholarship Foundation was established by Robert Hites, an executive with Ralston-Purina in St. Louis, Missouri. Upon his retirement he fulfilled a lifelong dream and became an instructor at St. Louis Community College. Hites turned down opportunities to teach at prestigious senior institutions because he valued the educational experience offered by community colleges and he witnessed the determination and will to succeed of his community college students. He also came to understand their needs and was determined to help them achieve their dreams, as he had achieved his. Ray Hites, President of the Hites Family Community College Scholarship Foundation and Robert’s brother, served as a Trustee for the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation until his death in 2015. His wife, Jackie Hites, now serves as a Trustee. The mission of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation is to secure the financial resources to support the values, vision and priorities of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. For more information on how to support Phi Theta Kappa members through the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation, visit the website. 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. Comments are closed.