New Orleans, Louisiana – All-USA Community College Academic Team member Mo Abdullahi, a computer and information sciences major at Renton Technical College in Washington, has been selected as the recipient of Phi Theta Kappa’s David R. Pierce Scholarship of $1,000 for completion of an associate degree.
Abdullahi addressed community college presidents at Phi Theta Kappa’s annual Presidents Breakfast held at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) annual convention in New Orleans on April 24.
A first-generation college student, Abdullahi was born in a refugee camp in Kenya in 1993 and immigrated to the United States with his mother. He has earned a 3.75 GPA and was also recognized today as Washington’s New Century Scholar and as a member of the All-USA Community College Academic Team, receiving a total of $8,000 in scholarships.
The All-USA 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.
The Pierce Scholarship is named for the late Dr. David Pierce, who served as president of AACC from 1991-2000 and as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors for 11 years.
The $1,000 scholarship is presented annually to the student chosen to represent the All-USA Community College Academic Team by speaking during Phi Theta Kappa’s Presidents Breakfast.