Jackson, Mississippi – Six students have been selected as 2015 Oberndorf Scholars and awarded a total of $6,000 in scholarships. The scholars receive scholarships of $1,000 each to complete college.
Phi Theta Kappa’s Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship helps Phi Theta Kappa members overcome unanticipated financial barriers preventing the completion of the first college credential, an associate degree or certificate, while enrolled in the two-year college. This scholarship was created through a collaborative effort between benefactors Rosemary and Lou Oberndorf, the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and the Society’s 2011-2012 International Officers.
The Phi Theta Kappa members selected to receive Oberndorf Scholarships include (to see photos of winners visit our scholarships website):
Elijah Evans, Southwest Texas Junior College, Texas
Anonymous Recipient, Bakersfield College, California
Jessica Williams, North Central Michigan College, Michigan
Noela Limo, Highline Community College, Washington
Kelli Rissky, Lake Superior College, Minnesota
Deepa Singh Thakuri, Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia
The Oberndorfs challenged the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation to raise $250,000 in order to receive a one-to-one challenge grant, resulting in a total $500,000 endowment for the Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship.
Up to 15 Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarships will be awarded annually, with scholars selected in April and October. Each recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship once the student has submitted documentation of enrollment in a minimum of six semester hours and an official transcript showing a minimum 3.0 GPA has been maintained.
“We are very grateful to Rosemary and Lou Oberndorf and donors to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation for reaching the goal of the challenge grant and making these scholarships available to our members,” said Dr. Nancy Rieves, CEO of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. “Congratulations to our recipients. Without a doubt the Oberndorf Scholarships will make a tremendous impact on the lives of these hard-working, high-achieving students, making it possible for them to complete their associate degrees.
“Every Phi Theta Kappa member, advisor, alumnus and administrator has the ability to make a difference for students struggling to complete.”
The Phi Theta Kappa Foundation is focused on long-term financial stability for Phi Theta Kappa. It is dependent upon the generosity of individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations to ensure its future through the support of existing and the establishment of new endowment funds. Gifts may be made online at the Foundation website.
Phi Theta Kappa, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territorial possessions and eight sovereign nations. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.