Fifteen Phi Theta Kappa members have been selected as 2017 Guistwhite Scholarship recipients and were honored at PTK Catalyst, Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, April 6-8 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Each year $75,000 in scholarship funds are awarded, with each Guistwhite Scholar receiving a $5,000 scholarship for baccalaureate studies and a commemorative medallion.
Guistwhite Scholars are chosen based on academic achievement, leadership accomplishments and engagement in Phi Theta Kappa programs. The 15 recipients for 2017 were selected by a panel of independent judges from more than 1,800 applicants to receive this scholarship, the second highest offered by Phi Theta Kappa.
The Guistwhite Scholar Program is named in honor of the late Dr. Jack Guistwhite and his widow, Margaret Guistwhite. The Guistwhites established the first designated transfer scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa members at Florida Atlantic University in 1975. The Guistwhite Scholarships were established by Phi Theta Kappa in 1992.
“What Dr. Guistwhite created resulted in more than 750 colleges and universities designating transfer scholarships for thousands of Phi Theta Kappa members,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “It is fitting that we continue to honor our students who excel in scholarship and leadership in Phi Theta Kappa as Guistwhite Scholars in memory of Jack and in honor of his wife Margaret.”
The 2017 Guistwhite Scholars are:
Maria Veronica Aguilera
Florida Southwestern State College- Lee Campus
Tarrant County College- Southeast Campus
Los Angeles Valley College- Van Nuys Campus
Coconino Community College- Flagstaff Campus
Cuyahoga Community College- Western Campus
De Anza College- Cupertino Campus
North Lake College- South Campus
Northeast Mississippi Community College- Booneville Campus
Suffolk County Community College- Michael J. Grant Campus
Matthew D. Miller
Dyersburg State Community College- Main Campus
North Lake College- Central Campus
Leah Laykean Teoh Porter
Arapahoe Community College- Littleton Campus
Harper College- Palatine Campus
Northeast Texas Community College- Mt. Pleasant Campus
Michael Anthony Stark
Phoenix College- Main Campus