Ten Phi Theta Kappa members have been named 2020 Hites Scholars and will each receive a $7,500 scholarship for baccalaureate studies.
The 2020 Hites Scholars are:
Shayna Berman, Montgomery College, Maryland
Erisa Ganellari, Bergen Community College, New Jersey
Michael Huizar, Saddleback College, California
Michelle Karlsberg, Montgomery College, Maryland
Huzaifa Khawaja, Napa Valley College, California
Tyler McKenzie, Redlands Community College, Oklahoma
Daniel Mirman, Passaic County Community College, New Jersey
Davidson Nzekwe-Daniel, Broward College, Florida
Justin West, Tulsa Community College, Oklahoma
Lance Wood, Hillsborough Community College, Florida
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 3,400 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, who, upon his retirement, 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 served as a Foundation Trustee until her death in 2019.