Phi Theta Kappa Awards Hites Scholars $75,000 in Scholarships

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

Jessica Artinger
Orange Coast College

Susan Barger
Mesa Community College

Rachel Heinicke
Suffolk County Community College
New York

Janai Heise
Hagerstown Community College

Saran Kaba
Tarrant County College

Maha Naveed
Tarrant County College

George Pandya
Arapahoe Community College

Lacey Brooke Parham
Owensboro Community & Technical College

Tamara Russell
Mt. San Jacinto College

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.

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