Jackson, MS – Twenty two-year college students have been named to the 23rd annual All-USA Community College Academic Team, honored for their outstanding intellectual achievement and leadership. Each team member will receive a $2,500 scholarship, furnished by Follett Higher Education Group, the leading provider of college and university bookstore services.
The program is widely recognized as the most prestigious academic honor for students attending community college. Nominees are hand-selected by colleges for showing intellectual rigor and for demonstrating academic, leadership and civic growth. The program also recognizes students who extend their community college education to better themselves, their schools and their surrounding communities.
“As college costs continue to climb, community college becomes a vital channel to access the baccalaureate degree,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s Executive Director Dr. Rod Risley. “Programs like these promote college completion by providing opportunities and raising awareness of the need.”
The 2013 All-USA Community College Academic Team is sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group and presented by USA TODAY, Phi Theta Kappa and the American Association of Community Colleges. Follett’s contribution of $125,000 demonstrates its ongoing mission to drive student success through access to affordable course materials.
Follett currently serves students at more than 980 bookstores across the country and has partnered with more community colleges than any other bookstore operator in the country. The company implements programs to help drive down the costs of education, including its successful textbook rental program, Rent-A-Text. In the last three years, Rent-A-Text, along with the company’s used and digital options, has saved students more than $1 billion compared to the price of new textbooks.
“Through my own experience at the Community College of Allegheny County, I know community colleges provide students high quality, affordable education,” said Tom Christopher, President of Follett Higher Education Group. “Follett is focused on driving student success, which is why we are so pleased to recognize and support these outstanding students.”
Student winners were introduced at the Phi Theta Kappa Awards of Excellence Brunch held during the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Convention on April 23 in San Francisco. In addition to scholarship funds, each ALL-USA Community College Academic Team member was presented with a special medallion. College presidents also received recognition for their leadership. ALL-USA Community College Academic Team members were also featured in a full-page advertisement in USA TODAY newspaper.
The 20 members of the 2013 All-USA Community College Academic Team are:
Las Positas College
Career Goal: Non-Profit/Law/Public Service
LaGuardia Community College
Career Goal: Clinical Psychologist, Researcher, and Professor
Wendi Michelle Cole
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
Career Goal: Electrical Engineer
Howard Community College
Career Goal: Certified Public Accountant
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Career Goal: Civil Rights Attorney
Glendale Community College
Career Goal: Molecular Virologist
Morgan Community College
Career Goal: Physician
Belinda Griffin Jones
SUNY Jefferson Community College
Career Goal: Childcare Inspector
Saint Paul College
Career Goal: Attorney
Orange Coast College
Career Goal: Neurosurgery/Biopsychology Research
Anthony F. Mangual
SUNY Suffolk County Community College
Career Goal: Accountant/Lawyer
John Christopher Walters Marshall
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Career Goal: Certified Public Accountant
Red Rocks Community College
Career Goal: Equine Assisted Psychotherapist
Clark State Community College
Career Goal: Teach Social Work/Cultural Diversity
Ebony A. Nava
Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Career Goal: Attorney
St. Louis Community College
Career Goal: U.S. Marshal, Motivational Speaker, Security Company Owner
Lorain County Community College
Career Goal: Anesthesiologist
Career Goal: Licensed Pharmacist
Bucks County Community College
Career Goal: Marketing
Hillsborough Community College
Career Goal: Environmental Economics
The team of 20 was selected by a panel of judges from more than 1,800 students nominated by more than 800 community colleges. Judges considered grades, leadership, activities and, most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom. The 2013 All-USA Community College Academic Team final judges were:
Julian Allen, The University of Southern Mississippi
Kate Cooper, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Kirk Glaze, Coca-Cola Refreshments
Christopher Hennessey, The League for Innovation
Casey Maliszewski, former Phi Theta Kappa International Officer
Laurie Quarles, American Association of Community Colleges
Nancy Sanchez-Warren, Kaplan Educational Foundation
Lauren Snyder, Marymount University
Maryann Thomas, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Phi Theta Kappa also awards additional scholarships through the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program and the New Century Scholars Program, sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and The Coca-Cola Foundation. These include scholarships totaling nearly $300,000 for 200 other outstanding community college students.
Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today Follett delivers print and digital learning materials, retail services, library resources and school management systems on more than 980 college campuses and across 65,000 elementary and high schools. Headquartered in River Grove, Illinois, Follett is a $2.7 billion privately-held company.
About USA TODAY
USA TODAY is a multi-platform news and information media company. Founded in 1982, USA TODAY’s mission is to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA truly one nation. Through its unique visual storytelling, USA TODAY delivers high-quality and engaging content across print, digital, social and video platforms. An innovator of news and information, USA TODAY reflects the pulse of the nation and serves as the host of the American conversation – today, tomorrow and for decades to follow. USA TODAY, the nation’s number one newspaper in print circulation with an average of more than 1.7 million daily, and USATODAY.com, an award-winning news website launched in 1995, reach a combined six million readers daily. USA TODAY is a leader in mobile applications with more than 17 million downloads on mobile devices. USA TODAY is owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI).
About the American Association of Community Colleges
Headquartered in the National Center for Higher Education in Washington, D.C., AACC is the primary advocacy organization for community colleges at the national level and works closely with directors of state offices to inform and affect state policy. The association represents nearly 1,200 two-year, associate degree-granting institutions and more than 13 million students, as well as a growing number of international members in Puerto Rico, Japan, Great Britain, Korea, and the United Arab Emirates. The colleges are the largest and fastest-growing sector of U.S. higher education, enrolling close to half (46 percent) of all U.S. undergraduates.
About Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.