Phi Theta Kappa Awards $7,000 in Lifeline to Completion Scholarships

Seven students have been selected as Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholars and awarded a total of $7,000 in scholarships. The scholars receive scholarships of $1,000 each to complete college.

Phi Theta Kappa's Lifeline to Completion Scholarship helps Phi Theta Kappa members overcome unanticipated financial barriers preventing the completion of the first college credential, an associate degree or certificate while enrolled in the two-year college. This scholarship was created through a collaborative effort between benefactors Rosemary and Lou Oberndorf, the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and the Society’s 2011-2012 International Officers.  

Rosemary and Lou Oberndorf challenged the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation to raise $250,000 in order to receive a one-to-one challenge grant, resulting in a total $500,000 endowment for the Lifeline to Completion Scholarship.

Up to 15 Lifeline to Completion Scholarships are awarded annually, with scholars selected in both the fall and spring each year. Each recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship once the student has submitted documentation of enrollment in a minimum of six semester hours and an official transcript showing a minimum 3.0 GPA has been maintained.

Recipients of the Lifeline to Completion Scholarship are:

Omer Azizi
MiraCosta College

Annie Blassingame
Redlands Community College

Adeline DeSalle    
Community College of Beaver County

Michele Khadir
Broward College

Adalberto Machuca
Southwestern Community College

Christelle Mbah    
Montgomery College

Amanda Schaub
Central Ohio Technical College

“Congratulations to our recipients. We wish these students the best and look forward to their success on the path to completion,” said Steve Mulhollen, Interim Executive Director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. “We thank the Oberndorf family for their vision and support in establishing the Lifeline to Completion Scholarship. It is a privilege to help our scholars get past the financial hurdles that are holding them back from achieving their dreams.”


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