Ten Phi Theta Kappa members have been named 2018 Hites Scholars and will each receive a $7,500 scholarship for baccalaureate studies.
The 2018 Hites Scholars are:
- Andrea Lucia Alfonso, County College of Morris, New Jersey
- Kassi Blanchard, Everett Community College, Washington
- Tea Burdine, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Mississippi
- Mariantonieta Chavez, Miami Dade College, Florida
- Chesney Davis, Northeast Texas Community College, Texas
- Brenda Godoy, Northeast Texas Community College, Texas
- Bernard Kondenar, College of Lake County, Illinois
- Maxwell Manning, Mesa Community College, Arizona
- Tetyana Rudenko, Montgomery College, Maryland
- Sarah Stockman, Houston Community College, Texas
The Hites Transfer Scholarship is awarded to Phi Theta Kappa members who are preparing to transfer to a bachelor’s degree-granting college or university. Winners were selected from among 3,100 applicants nationwide for their outstanding academic achievement and rigor, leadership accomplishments, and engagement in college and community activities.
The Hites Transfer Scholarship Program is made possible by support from the Hites Family Foundation and the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. This is the largest scholarship Phi Theta Kappa awards to its members.
The Hites Family Foundation was established by Robert Hites, an executive with Ralston-Purina in St. Louis, Missouri. Upon his retirement, he became an instructor at St. Louis Community College. His brother, Ray Hites, served as President of the Hites Family Foundation and as a Trustee for the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation until his death in 2015. Ray’s wife, Jackie, now serves as a Foundation Board Trustee.