Jackson, MS – James Yobe, a student at Lee College, has been selected by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society to receive a $1,500 scholarship as the 2013 Dr. Mary Hood Texas Region Scholar.
Growing up in Malawi, Africa, Yobe dreamed of going to college. After working and saving for 10 years, his dream came true when he moved to the United States and enrolled in classes at Lee College in Baytown, Texas. Inducted into the Zeta Nu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa in Spring 2013, he has maintained a 4.0 grade point average.
Raised as one of nine children in Africa, Yobe is married and has two children of his own. He plans to transfer and earn advanced degrees in computer science, then return to Africa to teach at a university – investing in his future by making an impact to help develop Africa.
Dr. Mary Hood served as Texas Regional Coordinator for 18 years and was a member of the Society’s Board of Directors at the time of her death in 2011. The Dr. Mary Hood Texas Region Scholarship was established in her memory, providing scholarships to Phi Theta Kappa members in Texas who are still attending the community college.
The Dr. Mary Hood Texas Region Scholarship is presented to the Texas applicant with the highest score from Phi Theta Kappa’s spring common scholarship application. Recipients are chosen for multiple programs from more than 800 applicants worldwide to receive a total of $234,000 in scholarships. Independent judges evaluate the applications based on scholastic achievement, community service and leadership potential.
Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director and CEO Dr. Rod Risley said Dr. Mary Hood was a pioneer in promoting college completion, long before this initiative captured the attention of the higher education community, and that it was fitting to remember her by giving a scholarship that honors leadership and helps students complete an associate degree.
“Mary was one of the leaders who helped shape the Phi Theta Kappa of today,” Dr. Risley said. “Together, she and Phi Theta Kappa changed the lives of thousands of students, and her legacy will live on as lives are changed with this scholarship presented in her memory.”
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the 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.