2017 Hites Transfer Scholars Awarded $75,000 in Scholarships

Jackson, Mississippi – Ten two-year college students have been selected as Phi Theta Kappa’s 2017 Hites Transfer Scholars — receiving a total of $75,000 in scholarships to assist in the attainment of a baccalaureate degree.

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.

Each of the 10 Hites Scholars will receive a $7,500 scholarship. Students enrolled in associate degree programs and preparing to transfer to a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree-granting senior institution in the fall of 2017 were eligible to apply. Judges reviewed and scored applications for academic rigor, leadership, and engagement. The Hites Transfer Scholars were selected from more than 3,100 applicants worldwide.

The 2017 Hites Transfer Scholars are:

Juliana Arias
State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota/Bradenton Campus

Rachel Coakley
Bergen Community College/Paramus Campus
New Jersey

Rachel Diaz-Delacruz
Miami Dade College/North Campus

Garrett Encinas
Pima Community College/East Campus

Trevor Finnan
Illinois Valley Community College/Oglesby Campus

Janah May Oclaman
Skyline College/San Bruno Campus

Ethan O'Connell
Quinsigamond Community College/Worcester Campus

Ashlee Osier
Des Moines Area Community College/Boone Campus

Daniel Owusu
Westchester Community College/Valhalla Campus
New York

Ashley Sneddon
Glendale Community College/Main Campus

The Hites Family Community College Scholarship Foundation challenged the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation to raise funds, which 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.

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.

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