Jackson, MS – Timothy West, a student at Weatherford College, has been selected by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society to receive a $1,500 scholarship as the 2014 Dr. Mary Hood Texas Region Scholar.
Following his high school graduation, West took a short break from academics to enter the workforce but quickly realized the importance of a college degree. A chemical engineering major, he earned a 4.0 at Weatherford College and became a member of Phi Theta Kappa.
West hopes to transfer to the University of Texas, attend law school and pursue a career as a public servant dealing with energy and natural resource issues.
Dr. Mary Hood served as Texas Regional Coordinator for 18 years and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa’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 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, where recipients are chosen for multiple programs from more than 800 applicants worldwide to receive in excess of $230,000 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,” 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, Mississippi, 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. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 131,000 students inducted annually.