Ten Named 2017 Pearson Scholars

Jackson, Mississippi – Ten Phi Theta Kappa members have received the 2017 Pearson Scholarship for Higher Education and a $5,000 scholarship.

The Pearson Scholarship for Higher Education is awarded to Phi Theta Kappa members who are civically engaged in their community through service and who demonstrate leadership, academic rigor, and excellence. Preference is given to first-generation college students. Nearly 700 applications were received.

Each Pearson Scholar will receive $1,000 to complete an associate degree and $4,000 over two years to complete a bachelor’s degree. Scholars are also paired with a Pearson Mentor and will receive complimentary access to Pearson textbooks and online codes to support them as they complete their degrees.

“We are so excited to welcome these 10 new scholars into the Pearson family,” said Lindsey Erlick, Senior Manager of Student Advocacy & Marketing at Pearson. “We look forward to seeing the impact that these scholars have on their campus, community, and future career!”

The blend of financial and mentoring support provided by Pearson will assure success among the 10 Pearson Scholars, said Dr. Monica Marlowe, Executive Director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. Studies have shown that Phi Theta Kappa members are four times more likely to complete college than their peers.

“We deeply appreciate Pearson's partnership with Phi Theta Kappa to help our members complete both associate and baccalaureate degree programs,” she said. “Congratulations to the scholarship recipients!”

The 2017 Pearson Scholars are:

Hanan Ali
Southwestern College/Chula Vista Campus

Marcus Barissi
Grand Rapids Community College/Main Campus

Rachel Bellinsky
Arapahoe Community College/Littleton Campus

Rachel Eccles
Walters State Community College/Morristown Campus

Victor Garnica
Miami Dade College/Hialeah Campus

Mason Gordon
Lincoln Land Community College/Springfield Campus

Hunter Holley
Itawamba Community College/Fulton Campus

Felicia Molzon
Suffolk County Community College/Eastern Campus
New York

Kaylin Sheppard
Lone Star College/Cyfair Campus

Erika Weaver-Coleman
South Florida State College/Highland/Anon Park Campus

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